Posts tagged ‘iPhone’

Think of the iPossibilities…

The Future...is Now

After only a few weeks of toiling, we have brought the power of mTuitive OpNote to the ease and portability of the iPad. OpNote is now iPad and iPhone compatible and while some of our users have those devices, it’s really just a means for us to learn more about this technology that is growing in popularity and users. As more IT companies are announcing their plans for other tablets (or “slates” as they’re sometimes called), it’s great to be able to see how easily we’re able to bring over our product onto these devices.

Obviously, a lot of that has to do with the fact that OpNote is web-based – but more mobile operating systems (OS) are debuting every month, each with their own nuances and idiosyncrasies. As we develop OpNote on iPad, though, we can begin to see the future of personal computers and begin to envision how medical reporting will work for our incredibly busy and increasingly mobile physicians.

So how does OpNote look and work on the iPad? To paraphrase the reaction to another great technological advancement:

“I love OpNote on the iPad. It’s SO bad.”

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June 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

Dr. Internet – What Constitutes Telemedicine?

Image courtesy of http://www.accessrx.com

I had never heard the term “telemedicine” before today.  I came across it in this Virginia Commonwealth University article about Virginia’s coverage expansion of telemedicine to include most Virginians.  Some quick research later and I discovered that I was familiar with the concept but never realized there was a term for it.

Wikipedia defines telemedicine as “a rapidly developing application of clinical medicine where medical information is transferred through interactive audiovisual media for the purpose of consulting, and sometimes remote medical procedures or examinations.”

This can involve anything from transferring radiology images from one facility to a patient’s general practitioner.  Or it can be a device that a patient must wear to monitor his heart rate or sugar intake.  Or it can even just be a doctor consulting with her patient over the telephone or Skype.  In this age of instant connectivity, increased communication and the expanding capabilities of most phones and computers, it seems likely that telemedicine will increase in popularity and in frequency of use.  This rise of electronic medical interaction, however, can lead to sources of misinformation being mistaken for legitimate health advice or care.

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April 6, 2010 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

EHR – Part v. Whole

Piecemeal vs. Wholesale

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently released the results from the 2008 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), which is “an annual nationally representative survey of patient visits to office-based physicians that collects information on use of EMR/EHR.”  Approximately 5,200 physicians (3,200 surveys conducted in person; 2,000 over the phone) responded to this survey, which is conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics since 2001.   The survey is designed to figure out how many physicians have purchased some product to serve as the Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – also referred to as Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) – and how many are utilizing those products.

There has been a big push for adoption of electronic health records, especially since the government set a goal of having most Americans have an EHR by 2014 (set in 2004 by then President George W. Bush, and has been re-affirmed by President Obama).  Increased funding from the Department of Health & Human Services for electronic medical records and products that electronically capture health information has also led to a boom in the Health IT industry and a diversity of options for health professionals from which they can choose.

But such an abundance of choices combined with the rush to adopt EHRs has left many people wondering – what’s the best product out there? Perhaps the better question is – what’s the best approach for implementing this new system?

Survey results, rising doubts and some ideas after the jump…

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February 10, 2010 at 10:06 am 2 comments

iPads, PDAs and Smartphones, Oh My!

As I’ve posted on Twitter a couple of times, versions of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are being developed and deployed at a much faster clip.  This is partially due to the increased funding available via government grants, but also reflects the rise of prominence of technology in society as well as recognizing the benefits of those technologies.

Additionally, various aspects of the medical field are being broken up and addressed by different companies – resulting in pre-operative management systems, peri-operative management systems, capturing of prescriptions, electronic history & physical, image capture & storage from MRIs and X-Rays.

Advances in technologies are constantly occurring – with improvements to both software and hardware happening at a faster rate than ever before in human history.  This means that each advancement brings with it new possibilities and new capabilities that should help our daily lives and our professions.  But do they actually improve our workflow?

Last week, Apple announced their exciting new iPad product and set the web ablaze with people wondering what it was capable of, and what they really wanted it to do.  In light of the iPad premiere, we at mTuitive have been thinking about what future of Health IT and handheld electronics will look like.

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February 2, 2010 at 11:56 am 1 comment


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