Friday, September 25, 2009
Cool Technology of the Week
As clinicians implement electronic tools to achieve meaningful use, it's likely that a diversity of approaches will be used in 2011 - some comprehensive EHRs, some hosted Software As a Service applications, and some modular applications. What are modular applications? Imagine that a clinician assembles a collection of iPhone apps and hosted interoperability services (Surescripts, Quest, Emdeon) to achieve e-prescribing, lab viewing, quality reporting, and administrative data exchange with payers. Such an approach would fall under CCHIT's notion of modular certification. Think of it as a "Project" rather than "Product" certification, ensuring that the collection of applications has the capabilities needed to achieve meaningful use.
This week, Quest introduced a six month trial of its web-based Care360 e-prescribing application, a Surescripts-certified solution which enables clinicians to access formulary information, route prescriptions, process refills and act upon FDA alerts.
Quest also announced that clinicians can now access these services from an Apple iPhone or iPod touch using Care360 Mobile. With Care360 Mobile, clinicians can create and send a new prescription from an iPhone in three simple steps and can also renew existing prescriptions. The application is available in the Apple App Store under Medical Applications and can be downloaded at no charge.
An e-prescribing application with formulary, routing, and refills that is part of a suite of web-based and iPhone products which assist with meaningful use. That's cool.
Posted by John Halamka at 3:00 AM