An electronic medical records application for the iPhone and iPad may help more doctors qualify for federal incentive funds, according to GigaOM.
Called Dr. Chrono, the app is a "free native EMR iPad app," the story says. And as of last week, it is the only such app to receive meaningful use certification from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services such that its users can qualify for federal incentives made available under the HITECH Act. In a statement, Dr. Chrono CEO and Co-founder Michael Nusimow said:
This certification transforms our EHR app and the iPad into a potentially affordable platform that could finally drive global usage and adoption of electronic medical records.
It sounds good, and to some extent it may be true - ease of use at least is a given where most Apple-associated products are concerned. That's part of what makes Apple Apple. Moreover, widespread use of the iPad among the country's current medical students and most recent medical school graduates can only translate into increased adoption of the iPad itself in physicians' practices.
But the true keys to widespread adoption and realizing a return on the EMR system specifically are still going to revolve around how interoperable the system is with software and systems that other, perhaps older practices already have in place, as well as with other systems being used within any given practice.