EMRs on the iPad
Since I don’t (yet) have an iPad, I haven’t been following iPad software developments lately. However, I have dreamed of the day I could look up labs at the bedside or have a little alert on a tablet to remind me that a patient’s lab values are back or that a consultant wishes to speak with me. Medical technology is well beyond all that, although so many great gadget and workflow solutions have simply not been implemented.
Michael Kopley of Software Advice wanted me to share their recent post concering Electronic Medical Record software for the iPad. Check out their guide, here. It’s a very sleek summary and a good introduction for someone like me who has been on the fence about buying an iPad since the darn things came out.
MedGadget featured Nimble, one of the software choices, not that long ago. The warm and fuzzy video does demonstrate the way these programs ought to work (and be used). Unfortunately, I – and I suspect many others – work in health care systems in which the hospital or clinic EMR is simply there. You work with it, around it, and despite it; iPad integration is an unlikely perk. Slowly, it will come.