A pediatrician in Sarasota Springs, NY is the first user of the EMR iPhone application Allscripts announced at the HIMSS event last week, according to a report in Healthcare Informatics. As we reported last week, the application allows clinicians to access Allscripts' EHR at any time from an iPhone or iPod Touch. The app includes a patient's medical summary: history, lab results and medications. It also lets users communicate with local emergency rooms and includes e-prescribing functionality.
The pediatrician is with Community Care Physicians, PC, a physician-owned and governed multispecialty medical group of 200+ physicians and other clinical providers. The group is based in four counties in the Albany, N.Y. area.
"Physicians are quick to adopt technology that delivers clear benefits to their patients while making their own lives easier, and Allscripts Remote delivers on both counts," Glen Tullman, CEO of Allscripts stated in the company's press release that announced the launch of the EMR app. "For any physician who uses iPhone or plans to, there's no better way to connect to real-time information and new capabilities that not only make it easier for them to make informed clinical decisions, but save them time. It's all about connecting."
The press release also compared the launch of the iPhone EMR app to the launch of BlackBerry email service years ago: "Just as the Blackberry was designed to maximize email access, so Allscripts remote takes advantage of iPhone graphical capabilities to provide fast, easy access to the Electronic Health Record."