There has been a steady increase in electronic health record (EHR) software adoption by physicians and hospitals. The value-add is tremendous, and with the government incentives now in place, this growth is a no-brainer. However, some major issues still remain.
“I noticed [the specialist] was using an electronic health record (EHR) on a desktop computer in the examination room,” says Marty Briggs, Creative Director of Marketing for HealthFusion. “Throughout the entire visit the specialist stared at the computer screen, not even glancing up when I inquired about my ailment.”
There is a lack of mobility with current EHR systems that puts a barrier up between patient and physician. Digitizing patients’ health records is highly beneficial, but not at the cost of jeopardizing the doctor-patient relationship.
Briggs has a suggested solution: moving EHR’s to the iPad. The uncumbersome nature of the iPad addresses the key issue of mobility when it comes to EHR systems. Doctors can update a patient’s chart with important information during the exam without compromising the doctor-patient bond. Briggs points out the 5 attributes of the iPad that put it a step above its predecessors.
- extended battery life
- rear-facing camera
- ability to draw
How would further development of iPad EHR systems impact the adoption of EHR's as a whole? Multiple studies have been conducted on approval of EHR technology. Most report anywhere from 60% to 80% of users are unhappy with the systems, citing lack of speed, accessibility and difficulty of use as key reasons for disappointment. Similar studies have been done, asking physicians how likely they are to use a mobile tablet EHR program. In one study conducted by QuantiaMD, the majority of respondents said that they were either extremely likely or somewhat likely to adopt a mobile EHR system in their practice.
This is great news for developers of EHR systems, if they choose to keep up. While many EHR vendors offer mobile access, the software has not been designed specifically for the iPad. This results in slower speeds and a not-so-friendly UI. The stage is set for developers to capitalize on this interest and begin developing EHR systems that are native to the iPad. When these begin to emerge on the scene, we will be able to see the true value of EHR's in the medical field.
This article is a summary of an article written by Marty Briggs for Software Advice. Read the full post here.
Chris Frankie is a veteran journalist, consultant and author with a decade’s experience covering a wide array of topics ranging from the financial markets and sports to diabetes. He is also the Founder of Diabetes News Hound, a free, customized, electronic news service for people impacted by diabetes.
For six years, Frankie covered the mutual fund industry, eventually serving as managing editor of Ignites, the industry’s leading trade publication. There he oversaw a team of nine reporters and editors and was responsible for publishing the daily e-newsletter for more than 50,000 mutual fund industry professionals.
Frankie is also the author of “Nailed: The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra” and has written and edited for a number of high-profile publications, including Newsday, TheStreet.com, and The Financial Times.