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Survey: Docs Going Mobile to Access Patient Data

July 23, 2015
by Rajiv Leventhal
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More than half of ambulatory practice physicians currently access patient records and/or reference data from a mobile device, according to a new survey from Black Book Market Research.

What’s more, the survey, which included more than 320 complex medical software firms employing either virtualized or native electronic health record (EHR) applications, revealed that 70 percent of all clinicians indicated they aim to use mobile EHR devices and software by the end of 2015.

Additionally, 31 percent of all physicians responding utilize smart phones as part of their individual patient management strategies, the survey found. Emergency physicians, radiologists, OB/gyn, general surgeons and orthopedic surgeons were among the specialists with the highest utilization of iPhones and/or android phones as part of their daily patient management routine.

As such, as thousands of physician practices are still selecting their first mobile records systems, and other physicians are exchanging out original EHR choices, current mobile EHR adopters identify the firms that deliver on implementation success, reimbursement improvements, physician productivity, outcomes, usability and interoperability.

"As the transition to mobile devices has been rapidly occurring over the past five years, progressive EHR vendors have responded with clear plans and successful products to help expand the user experience," Doug Brown, managing partner of Black Book Market Research, said in a statement. "With more than half of physicians currently using a mobile device in their medical practices, these EHR vendors are allowing providers to choose which platform best fits in to their workflow in multiple healthcare delivery settings including highly usable mobile products."

Further, based on the aggregate client experience and customer satisfaction scores on eighteen key performance indicators, the top-ranked virtualized and mobile electronic health records application vendor for 2015 is drchrono. This is the third consecutive year drchrono has ranked first among physician practices in mobile EHR in Black Book client surveys. Other top performing mobile EHR application firms in the 2015 Black Book Market Research 2015 user poll include: HealthFusion, Greenway, Cerner, Allscripts, athenahealth, PracticeFusion, iPatientCare, Kareo, and ADP AdvancedMD.

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