From IT World Canada: A soon-to-be released medical application for smart phones was the talk of a Toronto mobile healthcare summit Thursday, not so much for what it will do but for the innovative way it’s being developed.
Few EHR software used by Canadian and American hospitals and clinics have mobile versions. Most vendors are still working on them, but they likely won’t interconnect. In the meantime, a number of North American hospitals are offering doctors and nurses read-only access to patient data for tablets and smart phones through Citrix, which for Kanter isn't ideal.
Determined to find a better way, Kanter’s team set an ambitious goal: to build a smart phone viewer that works with the device’s operating system to connect to as many EHRs as possible using a single interface.
Briefly, it uses a Java-based server architecture to reformat data pulled from EHRs and send it to the user interface. But that isn’t enough – the app has to be licensed to access the records. One key to the project advancing so far is that Palomar struck a partnership with one of the biggest software vendors, Cerner Corp., so the app can access its database at the hospital.