As you well know Mike, the US HIMSS show is in full swing in Chicago. After glossing over the usual PR stuff, I came across an announcement that screams convergence to me. Allscripts-Misys, one of the larger US EMR players, has released an application called Allscripts Remote on the iPhone for viewing patient data. Highlights taken directly from the article include:
- Doctors with an iPhone or iPod Touch will be able to view patients’ electronic health records using a new application available on Apple Inc.’s App Store.
- …physicians will be able to help patients no matter where they are. A doctor called for an emergency in the middle of the night, for example, would be able to access a patient’s health records immediately on his iPhone so he could talk with emergency room staff.
- …fax a patient’s medical summary to the emergency room, complete with any notes the doctor deemed vital to include.
- The software includes e-prescribing to a patient’s regular pharmacy.
- But doctors will be able to make use of Allscripts Remote only if their hospital or clinic already uses Allscripts’ main software product lines, Enterprise or Professional editions of Allscripts’ Electronics Health Records.
Interesting model and nice vendor lock mentioned in the last bullet. Do you think this tethered PHR will work. Docs need an iPhone and your practice or clinic has to use Allscripts EMR software. The relatively closed ecosystem model has worked for Apple so far, do you think this is a good model…both from a business and care perspective?