Allscripts Remote, which enables physicians to access and control an Allscripts Electronic Health Records (EHR) directly from their smartphones, is now available on BlackBerry devices. Allscripts launched Remote at the HIMSS event in Chicago this past spring — up until now the Allscripts Remote application was only available for iPhone (pictured, left) and iPod touch users. The company also promised to launch Allscripts Remote for Windows Mobile devices by year-end.
According to the release, the Allscripts Remote application enables physicians to “safely make critical medical decisions even when they are away from the office, with all relevant information available on the one device they keep closest – their phone.” The new applications works with both the Allscripts Enterprise and Professional Electronic Health Records. The application’s capabilities include access to real-time patient summary information, communication to local hospital emergency rooms, ePrescribing, and real-time access to other information, including medical history, lab results and medications.
Interestingly, when Allscripts originally launched Remote, they seemed to explain why they chose to launch with the iPhone: “Just as the Blackberry was designed to maximize email access, so Allscripts remote takes advantage of iPhone graphical capabilities to provide fast, easy access to the Electronic Health Record.”
“Allscripts Remote for my BlackBerry makes every aspect of my work more convenient for me and safer for my patients — and it adds a degree of fun to work I need to do when I’m away from the office,” said Barbara Morris, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Community Care Physicians in Albany New York. “I can check a summary of the patient’s medical records as my phone dials their number, and it gives me clinical information and the ability to document the encounter, send a prescription if indicated, and e-fax a copy of the summary to an ER if needed–all with the push of a button. This is what physicians have been waiting for as it puts healthcare back in our hands.”
For more read the entire press release here