Mobile technology is the future of EHR.
According to an article in Becker's Spine Review, 91 percent of physicians are interested in accessing EHRs via mobile devices, and a recent Black Book Rankings survey showed that 83 percent of physicians want to use mobile EHR functionality. So why is it that one-third of physicians still haven’t implemented an EHR much less a mobile solution? The same Black Book Survey showed that while 51 percent of doctors use tablets for some research, only 1 percent feel they are maximizing use of their mobile clinical applications.
It doesn’t make much sense when smartphones and tablets are so entrenched in our everyday lives? You can do almost anything on these devices, and you should be using a mobile EHR to document your patient visits. Mobile devices are easy to use and the flexibility allows you to practice what I call heads-up medicine — using technology to engage
patients more not less.
This is accomplished by using devices that let you enter data using simple tap-and-swipe gestures while you are talking to the patient instead of diverting your attention with complex navigation at a computer on the other side of the room. In addition, the mobile device allows you to easily share what you are doing with the patient, further involving them in the visit and in their own wellness.
The Black Book survey indicated that some physicians are concerned about deficits in using mobile EHRs. The concerns are primarily about screen size and maneuvering in a patient chart on a small screen. These concerns are addressed by solutions today that are optimized for tablets and designed to be easy to use on the smaller format.