No matter what vendors practitioners partner with, they need to make sure they have enough support to access health records correctly and safeguard patient information. This is especially true in the mobile sphere. Forbes recently reported on Practice Fusion, an electronic health records company that provides its services for free and is expanding into the tablet market.
This version of its iPad, Android and iPad mini system is meant to improve on its previous offering and is the result of years of work and nearly $150 million in investment capital. It also boasts more than 110,000 users, many of which demanded that it restructure its mobile platform, leading to this update.
Regardless of how many people use the different versions of the mobile record, digital security is still a concern, especially for practices spreading out to different types of devices. For its part, the CEO of the company, Ryan Howard, said that this solution is designed to be up-to-date and make EHR access easier.
"Unlike our competitors who struggle to make a dated, legacy product work on a mobile device, we decided to build our industry-leading EHR from the ground up to deliver the best experience for our users," he stated in a press release. " This newest form of Practice Fusion software will build off of previous iterations rather than repurpose a desktop solution, which is something Howard claims most mobile health record companies do.
When working with more innovative solutions, the threat of HIPAA violations is still great because of loopholes that may not be expected. Mobile health is important, but so is working with a company that will provide adequate legal support.