I read an interesting story on Sunday night regarding DrChrono, the first EMR to make use of iPad app technology to carry it. How powerful to have an EMR in tablet based form, indeed. But is this the first tablet to be able to run an EMR in portable/mobile form? I wouldn’t think so. But how many people out there crave the ability to carry around a tablet — with the style of an iPad — that they can integrate with the rest of their lives when they leave the office? I’d wager it’s a lot.
The only problem I have with the announcement post about the DrChrono EMR app is that it claims that Drchrono is “the only app of its kind to receive such [meaningful use] certification so far.” Interestingly, there is a much older announcement allowing Practice Fusion users — of which I am a member — to use their web-based EMR on an iPad via a Logmein app. I haven’t done this yet, although I use PF on my MacBook Air at home all the time. One key difference between Practice Fusion and DrChrono is the cost. With PF, there is no data limit to this free EMR. However, for DrChrono, the free version will only support up to 10 GB of stored patient data, beyond which there is a charge per provider which can be up to $799/month, depending on the amount of data to be stored. Nevertheless, it’s certainly a welcome sign of the times that an app, in and of itself, is now meaningful use-certified.
Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC. He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC, as a solo practice in 2009. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.