iPad EHR developer DrChrono secures $675K

By Brian Dolan
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dr chronoDrChrono, one of the few electronic health records (EHR) vendors to offer an EHR built from the ground up for the Apple iPad, has raised $675,000 in seed funding, according to a report in TechCrunch. The investors include General Catalyst, Charles River Ventures, 500 Startups, Gmail creator and FriendFeed cofounder Paul Buchheit, Google’s Principal Engineer Matt Cutts, and the Start Fund. DrChrono announced at HIMSS 2011 that it had been accepted into the Silicon Valley-based Y Combinator incubator, which provides some funding for its startups.

ClearPractice is another EHR vendor that has created an EHR, called Nimble, specifically for the iPad. This week ClearPractice announced an similar offering called Eden, which is a cloud-based EHR offering that works across Apple iOS devices and laptops -- iPhones, iPads and MacBooks.

Physicians have aggressively adopted Apple devices in the past year, particularly the iPhone and iPad. Manhattan Research's Taking the Pulse survey found that 30 percent of physicians in the US now have an iPad. Another survey by Knowledge Network estimates that 27 percent of US physicians have one of the devices.

DrChrono co-founder Daniel Kivatinos told TechCrunch that only 5,000 physicians had downloaded the iPad EHR app to date, but adoption has been purely organic and that physicians found the app in the AppStore. (Hard to believe considering the amount of press mentions the app has received in publications like TechCrunch and others.)

The app is free and has built-in an appointment reminder scheduler, note dictation, image capture, eRx and more.

More over at TechCrunch.