When doctors see patients, it often takes several minutes to get up-to-date information on how the patient is doing and what tests were run beforehand as well as their condition prior to showing up to the clinic or hospital. Leafing through a chart and reading scribbled handwriting can sometimes take up some much needed time. What’s more, medical professionals often need to be near the patient in order to find and consult their file.
This being said, there are many apps that allow doctors to have a clear view of their patient’s medical history at the touch of a button and from anywhere, all in a concise form and for different purposes. However, there are over 165,000 mobile health apps available, making it difficult to understand which ones are suitable for medical professionals, and which of these are actually beneficial for doctors when tracking patient information.
We have skimmed and compiled the best patient health tracking apps for medical professionals. Here are the top 8 apps:
1. Cerner Physician Express II
With a physician rating of more than 4 stars, Cerner’s Physician Express II is a great tool that complements a physician’s workflow. Clinical staff can look up patients by name or from a list and access their allergies, diagnosis, problems, medications, vitals and more. It’s a great way to quickly review clinical information.
2. Allscripts Remote+
This app allows healthcare professionals to consult their Allscripts EHR from anywhere on the go. It provides physicians with a way to accurately make decisions when they are away from the hospital and on-call or on personal time by having access to real-time patient summary info, ePrescribing, access to task lists such as lab results and more.
3. Epic Haiku
This app provides medical professionals with hospital patient lists, health summaries, clinical schedules, test results and a section to type in notes. It allows clinical staff to see a patient’s current medication and active problems in a clear and concise way. However, Haiku must be used with Epic’s Electronic Health Records.
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4. Sunrise Mobile MD II
This app allows physicians to access Electronic Medical Records directly on their phone or tablet. Features such as patient lists and results for rounding, contact cards for communication, medication and order views for treatments and physician notes are all included in an effort to maximize physician productivity. This app is an extension to Sunrise Clinical Manager.
5. Care360 Mobile
This app is best used in a clinical office. It allows physicians and healthcare providers to place lab orders, access medication history and view lab results, write prescriptions, manage renewals and more from anywhere. They are also HIPAA compliant.
6. VitalHub Chart
The VitalHub Chart app provides clinicians with real-time access to patient information extracted from hospital EMR systems. Features include quick summary views, full patient charts, ability to review lab results, new critical results, orders and status and medication history as well as access patient demographics and allergies. As an app made for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, the system provides different layouts to suit specific workflows.
7. AirStrip – Cardiology
This app also has a 4 star rating by clinical users. Airstrip Cardiology provides accurate treatment diagnoses and a portable way to view and receive 12 lead ECG waveforms as well as scroll through 10 seconds while maintaining the 12 lead layout. The best feature of this app is that fact that it improves coordination between departments, especially between cardiology and emergency departments. Note that Airstrip OB is also available.
8. Allscripts Wand
This app provides clinicians with a great interface that improves workflow through comprehensive clinical updates such as vitals, patient history, and medications as well as a timeline view of patient information. The Allscripts Wand app is rated 4+ stars by healthcare professionals. The option of ePrescriptions is also available within the app.
These apps are great for helping healthcare professionals stay updated on patient information and have important documentation at hand, wherever they are.
This consolidated information is also as important to patients. In fact, a Vancouver doctor along with 3 developers created an application that allows patients to keep track of their medical information.
MeKeeper is a “personal health app that enables patients to record their medical history (i.e., conditions, medications, side effects, allergies, immunizations, lab results, and health care practitioners) in one place to ensure that clearly documented information is always readily accessible to patients and their doctors.”
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