Five top iOS mobile EHRs for your selection shortlist

Mobile EHR on iOS and Android devices represents one of the major growth areas in the EHR market and has been documented as an effective way to improve practice efficiency. Accessing an EHR via tablet computers can decrease the total time physicians spend logged into workstations while on duty, improve the efficiency of inpatient medical care by facilitating earlier order entry, and decrease inpatient data management time, while increasing the time physicians spend interacting directly with patients.

Further mobile device use in the clinical setting can result in qualitative gains through improved documentation, medical decision-making, and physician efficiency. As such, EHR vendors have shifted their focus to the prospects of mobile technology’s adoption by practices. Here we provide an overview of four EHR systems which provide native applications for iOS devices.

1. AdvancedMD

AdvancedMD EHR for iOS allows users to review medication histories; review, add, edit and print patient charts, medications, problems, allergies, immunizations, scanned documents, lab orders and results. Further, the system allows users to connect with staff and patients through a secure messaging environment. Labs and charge capture are currently only available on the iPad app but are in development for the iPhone.

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2. drchrono

drchrono's iOS EHR app has been voted the “Top Mobile EHR” for three years in a row by BlackBook rankings. From a clinical workflow perspective Drchrono provides an environment in which charts can be created quickly with customizable medical forms, macro buttons, medical speech-to-text and drawing tools. Users are also able to order labs and prescriptions through the mobile platform. The system provides practice and patient management as well as billing functionality allowing users to automatically send email/text/phone appointment reminders and the ability to view and analyze billing reports.

3. Kareo

Kareo’s mobile EHR app offers a streamlined interface with what it touts as “touch and go simplicity.” Kareo “touch and go” offers a simplified and icon based interface, which aims to provide an easier screen navigation experience. Functionally, the app allows practice staff to manage schedules, send secure messages, chart, ePrescribe, request and view labs. Interesting functionality offered by Kareo includes Apple Watch compatibility and an emphasis on patient engagement with the incorporation of full-color images and patient-friendly diagrams in the app.

4. Medlium

Medlium’s contract-free mobile EHR for desktop and iOS devices allows users to access practice's records, schedule appointments, send automated reminders to patients, and record patient demographics and vitals. The system also offers users the capability to digitize existing forms with a form builder, take clinical photos with a mobile device, send secure messages, upload and organize documents, manage tasks, and receive alerts for low inventory.

5. MediTouch

MediTouch is a cloud-based EHR solution. Their iPad EHR has been designed from the ground up to work on mobile devices. The software is optimized for touchscreens, meaning that fingertip data entry is a smooth and intuitive process. Clinicians can also populate data fields with their device’s dictation functionality, which comes as standard on all iPads except the first generation, allowing them to chart at the point of care.

MediTouch is completely iPad native, so users can log on using their iPad’s internet browser without any need to download an app. Charting, e-prescribing and access to MediTouch’s innovative MediDraw feature - which allows more accurate documentation of physical exam findings - are therefore available with no modified or restricted functionality. 

There was a time in the development of healthcare information technology that mobile applications in the care setting were an afterthought to the main business of providing either cloud based or server based EHRs. As the development of mobile software and devices has progressed over the last five years, iOS EHR systems have reached a point in their development whereby they can be treated as a viable option for practices looking to implement mobile technology on par with those found outside of the healthcare technology space.

Note: product information correct as of March 2017. Please contact customerteam@ehrinpractice.com if you would like to report incorrect information.

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Jeff Green

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Jeff Green, MPH, JD works as a freelance writer and consultant in the Healthcare information Technology Space.

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