SAAS electronic medical records vendor ClearPractice has introduced its Nimble EMR application to allow doctors to manage their workflow on the iPad.
medical records software producer ClearPractice has developed a SAAS (software-as-a-service
application) for the Apple iPad to help doctors manage their workflow, from
scheduling to prescribing to billing.
says its Nimble EMR cloud product is the
first comprehensive EMR application designed
to run in iOS natively on the iPad. The company worked with Apple to design the
user interface, Joel Andersen, ClearPractice president, told eWEEK.
worked with Apple directly to further optimize the user interface,"
Andersen said. Doctors can use the iPad's WiFi or 3G network to connect to the
Nimble cloud and access records. Because data is stored in the cloud, Nimble
complies with HIPAA (Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) privacy regulations,
according to ClearPractice.
noted that although Nimble includes many of the features of its existing cloud EMR,
ClearPractice didn't want to simply duplicate the interface and its many icons.
"It really wouldn't work well on the device, and it has to be simple,
clean and an assortment of buttons," he said. "That's why we went
native. It's built specifically for the iOS and connects to the cloud."
designing Nimble, ClearPractice tackled the slow implementation of EMR
software, which costs physicians time and money and disrupts their workflow. "Traditional
EMR systems slow down busy doctors,"
the Obama administration's mandate for health care companies to demonstrate meaningful
use of EMRs
to qualify for stimulus money under the HITECH (Health
Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health)
care companies now have a greater incentive to adopt EMR
technology. The government's stimulus funds will be available beginning in
Nimble, ClearPractice hopes to reach medical practices of 10 or fewer
physicians, a segment of the EMR market that
has been difficult to penetrate, Andersen said.
will also target hospitals aiming to connect their ambulatory docks to their
care systems, he said.
iPad's long battery life of 10-plus hours makes it suitable for the mobile
environment of hospitals and clinics, Andersen said. He noted that the
instant-boot feature will also be ideal for medical facilities.
company says Nimble boosts care delivery and can be used at home, in an office
exam room or at a hospital bedside.
encompasses features of the company's SAAS EMR
software, introduced in 2006, such as scheduling, tracking in-patient rounds,
prescribing, lab review/ordering and messaging. The application allows doctors
to enter fields such as Name, Admit Date, Location, Admitted By, Floor, Bed,
Admission Status and Claim Status.
also connects to the company's SAAS billing system to automatically capture and
submit charges for payment.
first 500 physicians who subscribe to ClearPractice's EMR
and PM solution get a free iPad and copy of Nimble. ClearPractice EMR
users will also have free access to Nimble, while new customers can choose
among the $99 Prescribing, $399 Clinical and $499 Practice editions.
new tablets such as the RIM
and Dell Streak Android device are emerging,
ClearPractice will focus on the iPad for now.
belief is that the iPad will be the primary tablet device that doctors choose,"
Andersen said. "If all the Android-based tablets catch on, we can easily
produce an application on that platform, but we don't think we'll need to."