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Feb 27 2011   8:58PM GMT

iPad related announcements during the HIMSS 2011



Posted by: RedaChouffani
GE, iPad, Practice Fusion

This year during the HIMSS event there was a wide display of iPad users walking through the convention center halls as well as within the exhibitors booths. Vendors showcased some of their new mobility capabilities. Many have provided hands on demos of their electronic health records for all the excited visitors.

Some of the vendors who had some interesting examples of iPad App for their electronic health records are:

· GE Advance

· Practice Fusion

For GE the announcement of an iPad app comes at a good time since they are preparing to release a much-anticipated Centricity 10 for all their EHR users. For the most part many users who are planning on meaningful use have already upgraded their systems to 9.5, but with the new mobility functionality and the new features of 10.0 release, GE is bound to excite many of its prospects. It is still unclear what the pricing model for this will be and how the support will be delivered, especially for the smaller size practices who still continue to use third party resellers for their EHR support.

For Practice Fusion which offers a free web based EHR, offering an iPad app will boost its value proposition to physicians. Their recent collaboration with LogMeIn one of the top grossing third party Apps has help create an App that will enable full access to the chart. It is still unclear if the App in iPad will have any ability to interact with the built-in Cam, or dictation, but for only 30 dollars, and a free EHR account it is certainly an attractive proposition.

iPad has most definitely been noticed much more during this years’ HIMSS event. During one of the largest healthcare conferences of the year, and with over 27,000 attendees, it is sure to continue to gain popularity in the healthcare market.

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