ClearPractice has launched Eden, a practice-management and EHR software suite for the Mac, iPhone and iPad that allows doctors' offices to manage both clinical and financial tasks.
Health care software developer ClearPractice has introduced a
new software as a service (SaaS) health care practice-management suite, called Eden
the Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Eden is said to be the first full-featured medical-practice
platform in the cloud, according to ClearPractice, a Web-based provider of
practice management, electronic prescribing and personal health record (PHR )
Announced on July 12, the product aims to help doctors'
offices manage their clinical and financial tasks from anywhere on Mac or Apple
mobile devices. Although the product works on Firefox in Windows, users get
more complete functionality in Safari on the Mac or Internet Explorer on the
PC, according to Joel Andersen, president of ClearPractice.
As the iPad gains a foothold
in the health care industry,
many physicians prefer the functionality of Apple's interface, Andersen told eWEEK
. Eden runs four times faster on
the Mac in Safari than in Internet Explorer on the PC, he said.
"The consumer appeal of Apple products and the
infiltration of those products into doctors' everyday lives have really
extended into the practice," Andersen said. "There hasn't been a lot
of compelling offerings on a Mac platform. All of the vendors have ignored this
segment, and we think it's a really growing trend."
Of physicians who lack a mobile device, 66 percent are likely
to select Apple products, the company reports. Furthermore, 90 percent of
doctors that ClearPractice surveyed plan to use the iPad in their practice.
Eden is a unified platform that incorporates ClearPractice's
existing Nimble iPad and Fetch iPhone applications.
In September, ClearPractice launched Nimble
, its electronic
health record (EHR) platform for the iPad. The company recently launched Fetch,
a scaled-back version of Nimble to accommodate the iPhone's smaller screen.
Like Nimble, Fetch allows doctors to check schedules, write prescriptions and
access patients' electronic charts.
"If you subscribe to Eden as a doctor, it gives you
carte blanche access," Andersen explained. "If you want to use Mac,
iPhone, iPad, you can use any of them."
The components of Eden include practice-management
functionality, EHR viewing, a patient PHR portal
and an integration engine.
Practice-management tasks include scheduling patient appointments, coding for
visits and collecting payments.
"Information flows seamlessly between the clinical
aspects of the system and the financial aspects of the system," Andersen
The integration engine allows practices to communicate with
outside parties, including labs, insurance companies and pharmacies.
Meanwhile, using the PHR portal, patients can request
prescription refills, schedule appointments and view their health records.
"I use Apple products at home-I have a Mac, iPad and
iPhone-and I wanted that to translate into our practice environment," Dr. Scott
Yates, managing physician at the Center for Executive Medicine, in Plano,
Texas, said in a statement. "But we also needed something that would be
comprehensive, flexible and easy to use."
Eden's dashboard on the Mac includes tabs for Demographics,
Insurance, Outstandings, Appointments and Reminders. Other menu items in the
interface include Diagnostics, Billing, EMR and Messaging.
The iPad version in Nimble offers similar menu items,
including an inbox for Messages, Review Results, Progress Notes, Admissions
(inpatient list), Prescribe, Pharmacy Requests, Today's Claims and Scheduler.