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EHR to Go Mobile at HIMSS 2011

February 18, 2011

Next week we will be at the
HIMSS11 annual conference and exhibition in Orlando. HIMSS11 is always a great event for learning about how the Healthcare IT sector is transforming. We attended last year’s HIMSS and as most conferences dwindle in attendance, the HIMSS11 is one expo that seems to be growing in size and popularity. This year it takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from February 20 to 24.
 
EHR and meaningful use was an overriding topic at last year’s conference and we don’t expect that will change much for this year’s show. Mobile applications are on the upswing and Practice Fusion will be announcing its new EHR iPad at HIMSS11. 
 
Practice Fusion has taken a very different approach to managing EHR because the organization has opted to deliver a free, web-based Electronic Health Record system to primary care physicians, and plans to announce a new Practice Fusion iPad solution for ambulatory practices at the show. Practice Fusion has partnered with Logmein.com so that physicians can use their Practice Fusion iPad to remotely access one or more computers anywhere at any time.
 
Practice Fusion’s EHR iPad applications will include charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, billing, lab integrations, archiving referral letters, and most importantly offering physicians a way to manage Personal Health Records (PHR) for patients. The company plans to expand its API (application programming interface) and launch an app store for their iPad, which will surely have physicians wondering if they will make iPad their mobile device of choice. The idea behind expanding the app store could come from the doctors directly. Doctors could prescribe an app much like they prescribe a medicine now, which would ensure the apps developed are warranted and useful. What this also means is that the healthcare IT market will explode with IT firms developing applications that allow physicians to access EHRs through their iPad.   If you’d like to demo their iPad for yourself, you can do so at their booth Booth # 263.
 
BoxTone will also be exhibiting a Mobile Service Management service at HIMSS in booth 218-4. They offer a single mobile management console for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and other devices connected enterprise-wide. What will be interesting to see at HIMSS this year is their enhanced platform of enterprise-grade, plug-and-play software modules. Their device management offers central tracking of mobile device and application inventory, utilization, compliance, productivity, and ownership.
 
Concordant will be hosting a closed-door focus group at HIMSS this year entitled, “EHR Support 2.0: The Future of EHR Support.” The focus will be on a streamlined approach for delivering a cost-effective nationwide EHR support model to ambulatory practices which encompasses many mobile device applications. It will explore some of the components of the service including mobile and local dispatch, crowdsourcing, proactive support, national logistics, local dispatch, service level agreements, and pricing. 
 
If you are attending this year’s HIMSS and have had some involvement in working with EHR systems, we would love to hear more about your experiences and share with you some of their EHR findings and knowledge. Concordant’s booth is #2423, located in Exhibit Hall A-B.
 


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