Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR functionality, GE Centricity Advance, mhealth, mHealth applications, mobile health
The GE Centricity Advance mHealth app has finally hit the market, now released for the Apple iOS platform. GE’s official release date was on August 13th, 2011, where clinicians are now able to access their patients’ medical records, orders, lab results and documents directly from their iPhones and iPads. While the Centricity Advance package contains a fully web-based EHR and practice management system (PMS), the app is native to iPad.
This mobile solution is the newest addition to the Centricity Advance product suite, previously part of MedPlexus. GE is providing the full suite (EHR and PMS) as a software as a service (SaaS) model for physician practices of 10 providers or less. And now, with the additoin of the app, small practices can work from anywhere, and from any device. With an SaaS model, GE provides a cost effective alternative to some of its other non-hosted models (GE Centricity CPS), which reduces the upfront costs that a typical medical practice will endure when purchasing an EHR.
As part of the product, physicians can receive patient lab results instantly, review messages, electronically prescribe medication, perform computer physician order entry (CPOE), sign-off on documents as well as fully detail a patient’s visit. For the most part, the app offers pick list control for almost everything, though it would most likely better viewed through an iPad due to the larger screen size.
We will most likely see more and more EHR vendors releasing similar applications, though only time will tell what functions will become standards, and in what new ways mHealth will continue to break down the brick and mortal barriers and drive EHR adoption.