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MEDITECH Meets Apple's iPhone

The Takeaway: OK, you've got your IT systems nailed and humming. Now combine some fresh thinking and off-the-shelf tools for those still-elusive improvements in clinical care, productivity and satisfaction. Stumped? Ask the "kids" in your organization for ideas. They're pointing the way.

Question: what happens when you combine MEDITECH Client/Server 6.0 and Apple's iPhone 3G?


Answer: according to Doylestown (PA) Hospital,
"Moving to iPhone (offered) immediate time-savings benefits and productivity gains. Physicians no longer have to rely solely on patient charts or hospital computers to access information; instead, they can use iPhone to retrieve the data wherever they are. “iPhone offers a major workflow improvement for our physicians,” says Rick Lang, Doylestown’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

"Using iPhone and MEDITECH, doctors can see everything needed for patient care, including vital signs, medications, lab results, allergies, nurses’ notes, therapy results, and even information about patient diet. “Every dictated report from every specialist, or any radiographic image the patient has ever had, is available on iPhone,” says (Dr. Scott Levy, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.) “The iPhone has been remarkable in a lot of ways. The capability to download clinical information in real time has been very powerful.”'
What did you give YOUR physicians last Doctors' Day? By now you've figured out that it's difficult to send clinical data to an engraved crystal bowl.

More on what makes physicians happy, here. (Hint: more productive hours in their day.)


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