Mobile versions of electronic health records (EHR) systems help healthcare providers document and review patient information. We compare some leading options.
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Founded in 2009, Drchrono's EHR platform is Web-based and supported on the iPad and iPhone. "Doctors want to be able to have instant drug interaction checks, electronic ordering and seamless documentation and billing that is all easy to learn and use," said CEO and co-founder Michael Nusimow. "We didn't take an existing PC or Web-based solution and shoehorn it onto a mobile device. We built our EHR from day one on the iPad and took advantage of the tablet display, camera, video recording, speech-to-text and touch interface.
"We have always focused on the iPad as the main EHR interface because it is possible to be used to read a lot of data and also produce and enter in data via the touchscreen interface and using our speech-to-text product," Nusimow said.
iPhone and Android smartphones, he said, have always been used primarily to read data and, to a lesser extent, to input small or emergency notes and orders. "The new iPad Mini is a real game changer; it merges the best of both worlds and can be used just like a regular iPad at a fraction of the cost and size. I predict the iPad Mini will be the dominant device in healthcare within the next two years," Nusimow said.