Accurate, real-time data capture is essential for delivering quality patient care. This month, we’re featuring gEHRiMed, an electronic health record (EHR), from Geriatric Practice Management, designed for physicians, by physicians.
What is the big a-ha moment with your end users when you first demo your mHealth application for them?
gEHRiMed is a complete ambulatory electronic health record created specifically for physicians working in multiple long-term care facilities, who face all the challenges of office-based clinicians, but without any administrative staff support. Our EHR was designed by physician users who, based on their workflows, specified the mix of narrative and drop-down menu components, while our developers built the app to seamlessly blend Dragon Medical 360 with the iPad’s functionality. The result is an intuitive blend of touch-screen menus and voice-recognition technology that gives structured data a more narrative feel.
What problems does your app solve in healthcare?
- Has an intuitive design that allows physicians to quickly implement an EHR without loss of productivity;
- Is a fully-integrated, cloud-based medical practice, which enables clinicians to work without any data loss when WiFi/cellular connections are interrupted due to intermittent internet connectivity, often occurring in older buildings;
- Enables physicians to create new patient records using just four data elements (first and last name, date of birth, and facility or zip code) allowing them to complete the initial patient encounter without back office support;
- Automatically, and securely, distributes e-signed clinical records to a facility’s records with no additional effort;
- Supports ‘shared-care’ by connecting with facility EHR and pharmacy applications for team-based computerized physician order entry (CPOE).
What are the top three features you view as most important when designing and building an mHealth app for physicians and/or patients?
1. Intuitive interface that minimizes the amount of training needed to use,
2. Voice navigation to reduce or eliminate key strokes,
3. Proper scaling to optimize screen real estate.
What challenges or needs did you see and/or experience in the industry that drove you to build this application?
Many existing ambulatory EHRs are based on the premise that physicians work in a fixed location outfitted with an office infrastructure. However, a medical group that can work in more than 100 different locations, requires a different strategy. The challenge of repurposing existing applications justified the investment needed to invent the new model.
Is there a patient component to your app? If so, what role does it play in the patient-care experience?
The long-term care setting is unique for customer engagement. Many patients are not capable of interacting with their physicians, so we have built a system that allows those with direct relationships, such as spouses and children, to interact with the doctor, as well as have access to their relative’s medical records.
What are the top features/benefits of your app?
gEHRiMed is an EHR for physicians working is a long-term care environment. Because this is such a highly-regulated niche, physician workflows are predictable. We help these clinicians change how they document their care, without imposing significant burdens on their daily workloads.
In one sentence, tell us what you think the future of mobile health will look like.
Long-term care (LTC) has been slow in adopting mHealth as there are many care partners and hand-offs involved (provider, nursing staffs, facility MDS data, medication management, electronic prescribing and lab ordering/results), however mhealth technology is starting to change how LTC providers interact with their patients’ health records.