Boston-based integrated delivery network (IDN) Partners HealthCare has taken its electronic medical record mobile with the help of InterSystems. InterSystems offering, CACHE, made mobilizing Partners’ internally developed EHR possible. The initiative took 90 days to implement, according to the company, and now an estimated 2,000 clinicians within Partners are using the app, which is currently available for iOS and BlackBerry devices.
Partners’ network includes both major teaching and community hospitals and is staffed by more than 5,000 practicing physicians who attend 4 million outpatient visits and 160,000 admitted patients each year.
“The mEHR enhances the daily life of physicians by enabling them to be mobile. Instead of finding a workstation, logging in, accessing the patient record and then going to see a patient, they can just pull the iPhone from a pocket and review results at the bedside while they’re talking to the patient,” stated John Pappas, Associate Director of Clinical Systems Integration, in a press release. “And, they can check on the latest information—test results, for example—at any time from any location… it’s having a major positive impact on workflow.”
It is not at all surprising that Partners made a big leap in mobile accessibility for its EHR. The IDN’s Center for Connected Health hosts a symposium on digital health issues every fall, including sessions on mobile health and related topics. Healthrageous, a startup that leverages wireless sensors and consumer fitness devices to keep people in good health, spun out of Partners’ Center for Connected Health in 2009. The Center has also conducted a number of pilots that leverage mobile phones and devices for remote patient care and health reminders.
Partners also announced that plans are in the works for Android OS support, as well as enabling clinicians the ability to view radiology images on iPads.
“Partners’ success at developing and deploying the mEHR so rapidly is an example of why they’re viewed as an innovation leader in the use of healthcare technology,” stated Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning, in a press release. “Mobility is becoming a watchword in the healthcare sector. The Partners mEHR provides clinicians with the ultimate in mobility by delivering the information they want, when and where they want it, in the presentation form that they want and expect.”
UPDATE: Partners created its own EHR internally, it was not built by InterSystems as this article originally stated.
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