Sunday, January 17, 2010

iPhone EMR Apps

There is a very interesting post on the 3G Doctor blog which gives a quick look at the user interfaces of a wide range of fledgling iPhone EMR applications.

I'm impressed at the sheer number of the applications that have been purpose built for the iPhone. Definitely a space to watch.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Updated OntarioMD Funding Terms and Conditions

OntarioMD has updated the terms and conditions for New EMR Adopters, now allowing unaffiliated solo and duo practitioners funded access to OntarioMD Certified Local EMR Products such as OSCAR.

The new T's&C's, dated Jan. 5, 2010, now offer new choices for implementation:

1) a certified ASP EMR solution and use it as per ASP EMR Vendor’s and OntarioMD’s best practices, including: 
2) a certified Local EMR solution hosted at a Participating Physician’s office and either:
2a) Join and maintain membership in and participate fully in the Vendor Collaborative Network (“VCN”) for the chosen Local EMR, and as per the VCN’s and OntarioMD’s best practices, including:
2b) Sign OntarioMD’s EMR System Management Independent Undertaking, which includes undertaking the following as per industry and OntarioMD best practices: 
These changes to the OMD EMR funding program terms and conditions reflect a positive enhancement for many solo/duo practitioners across Ontario.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Of OSCAR, iPhones And iSlates

This is what OSCAR looks like when running on an iPhone.

I've used my iPhone a number of times to access OSCAR in a pinch, when I needed access to the EMR but was nowhere near a regular computer, or a regular internet.

In a pinch, OSCAR works fine on the iPhone, or any other one of these new breed of smart-phones-with-a-proper-web-browser-and-a-relatively-decent-mobile-internet-connection.

However, a pocket sized handheld computer is not a device for everyday EMR usage.

As we enter a new decade, a new class of device is being brought to market by a number of vendors. This device, a notepad sized smart phone-like device called a tablet, will soon be everywhere.

Although numerous devices are already available for purchase today, the most anticipated of these machines is an unannounced product from Apple, thought to be called the "iSlate" or "iTablet".

(image: Gizmodo)

The form factor of this new class of machine offers a similar experience to that of a smart phone, but with a larger and more spacious screen, much like a sheet of paper.

This type of computer has the potential to be particularly suited to the healthcare industry, and may end up being the specific catalyst which drives EMR adoptions throughout North America.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome to 2010

Our very best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year.