Among the many physician specialties, urologists seem to be one group that is very likely to be using a smartphone. That was one of the conclusions that could be drawn from a survey published last year by Bulletin Healthcare, which found that only physician assistants, emergency room physicians, and cardiologists were more likely to use their mobile devices to keep up with industry news. Bulletin estimated that about 31 percent of urologists were likely to use their mobiles for this purpose. The same percentage as nephrologists.
While reading medical news on a mobile may not be a perfect proxy for an interest in accessing EMRs from the same device, but it likely has some correlation. That's why it makes sense that an electronic medical records (EMR) vendor that specializes in EMRs for urologists, meridianEMR, recently announced the launch of a native iPhone app to complement its EMR offering. The meridianMobile app, which is only available for iPhone currently, promises secure access to real-time EHR data. MeridianEMR is a part of HealthTronics, which is a subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings.
According to meridianEMR: "The app enables [urologists] to move seamlessly between the hospital or clinic, office, home, and beyond while maintaining comprehensive, convenient, and HIPAA-compliant access to their most current EHR data. Urologists can retrieve and modify up-to-the-minute patient information, office visits, and appointments. They can also access patient pharmacy information, medication refill alerts, patient photos, billing information, and more."
The meridianEMR counts more than 1,100 urology providers as customers, about 12,500 urology staff as users, some 15 million mXchange transactions per day, for about 5 million active Urology patients. It also facilitates about 50,000 e-scripts per month.
More in the press release below:
LIVINGSTON, N.J., Feb. 3, 2012 -- meridianEMR, the market-leader in EHR for Urology, announced today the launch of a native iPhone app to complement the meridianEMR system. meridianMobile for iPhone combines the rich functionality of the meridianEMR system with the mobility and fluid interactivity of the iPhone. It gives Urologists secure access to their real-time EHR data - right in the palm of their hands.
meridianMobile for iPhone was designed to help Urologists streamline workflow and improve patient care. The app enables them to move seamlessly between the hospital or clinic, office, home, and beyond while maintaining comprehensive, convenient, and HIPAA-compliant access to their most current EHR data. Urologists can retrieve and modify up-to-the-minute patient information, office visits, and appointments. They can also access patient pharmacy information, medication refill alerts, patient photos, billing information, and more.
"Thank you, meridianEMR. This is very good...It is very intuitive and easy to use," commented meridianMobile for iPhone user, Charles M. Lash, MD, Advance Urology and Continence Center of Wauseon, OH.
Since meridianMobile for iPhone is a native app, it has been exclusively optimized for use on the familiar iPhone device Urologists rely on, making the app fast, user-friendly, and powerful. Plus, there is no need to sync the iPhone to the EHR system. With meridianMobile for iPhone, data is kept up-to-date automatically. All data is stored on the Urologist's office EHR, and meridianMobile for iPhone efficiently exchanges current information with it as required.
"We are committed to the development of new products and services to enhance our EHR system. meridianEMR is currently the only Urology-specific EHR to offer a native iPhone app. We recognize the need for this type of mobility in EHR and believe that is the direction of the future," commented Bill Bartlett, meridianEMR Vice President of Technology and Chief Architect of meridianMobile for iPhone.
meridianMobile for iPhone runs on iPhone; iPod touch® 3G/3GS/4/4S; and/or iPad®/iPad2, in conjunction with the meridianEMR Version 5.2.3 or higher and a wireless/internet connection. It is available on the App Store(SM). meridianEMR clients can simply purchase and download it directly to their iPhones.
"We are excited to bring innovative health information technology solutions to the market to help Urologists. meridianMobile for iPhone is one of the many product enhancements we plan to deliver this year as part of the Endo/HealthTronics/AMS/UroChartEHR team," announced Michael Custode, CEO, meridianEMR.
Since its founding in 2003, meridianEMR has focused its development efforts on the Urology specialty. Today meridianEMR is the market leader in EHR for Urology, offering an interoperable solution compatible with physician practice management systems and advanced healthcare analytics. The interoperability of the meridianEMR software is driven by the proprietary mXchange(TM) technology, a highly secure, real-time data exchange network. Benefits include over 150 ready to use Urology templates and 350 treatment plans; automatic CPT coding (Painter endorsed); data accessibility at work or on the go; proprietary analytics tools; automatic updates and backups; Meaningful Use tools and support; and more. meridianEMR is a HealthTronics, Inc. company, a subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.
Current meridianEMR metrics:
1,100+ Urology providers
12,500 Urology staff users
15 million mXchange transactions per day
5 million active Urology patients
50,000 e-scripts per month
meridianEMR, Version 5.0 is 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB Certified as a complete EHR.
meridianEMR, Version 5.3 is a CCHIT Certified® 2011 Ambulatory EHR and received a 5 Star Usability Rating.
meridianEMR, Version 5.3 is Surescripts Certified for Prescription Benefits, Medication History, and Prescription Routing.
For more information, www.meridianemr.com/meridianMobile.html .
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