So far, incentive program for “meaningful use” of electronic health records has not required any mobile component, nor may it ever, but mobility is fast becoming a de facto necessity for achieving meaningful use in many clinical settings.
“I’m not sure how [physicians] do that without having access to [EHRs] wherever they are,” Robert Oscar, CEO of RxEOB, a Richmond, Va., company that makes Web-based and mobile applications mostly to help consumers understand the pharmacy benefits of their health insurance, says in an interview with MobiHealthNews.
Doctors will use their mobile devices to view and update the EHRs in their practices as well as connect to the hospitals they practice at and admit patients to. “They’re going to need mobile apps,” Oscar says. “The concept that they’re going to carry around a laptop or sit at a desk all the time just doesn’t seem feasible to me.”