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Mobile EHR as a Solution for EHR Downtime

Posted on October 12, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

After a couple major EHR vendors had some EHR downtime, there’s been a lot of interesting discussion about how to deal with EHR downtime. It’s also worth taking a look at my previous posts on: Cost of EHR Down Time, My EMR is DOWN!!!, Reasons Your EHR Will Go Down, SaaS EHR Down Time vs. In House EHR Down Time, and Working Offline When Your EHR Isn’t Available. Obviously, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to your EHR going down.

I recently got a demo of a new free mobile EHR app offering from Mitochon. When they asked me if I wanted to see the product, I wasn’t sure what I’d see. I’ve obviously seen hundreds of different mobile EHR apps and so I thought I knew what I’d likely see. Instead, I was quite surprised with the unique approach they’d taken with their mobile EHR app.

They warned me up front that this is the first iteration of their mobile EHR app, but I found what they had created to be a nice innovation on what I’d seen elsewhere. Instead of trying to cram the whole EHR into a mobile app, they decided to leverage the CCD documents they could already create into an EHR app that worked on the mobile, anytime, anywhere.

When you think about EHR downtime, the mobile is a perfect solution. The device can run applications without any internet connectivity. Plus, it can endure power outages better than any other computing device. I’m sure many of you are wondering how the EHR data makes it to the mobile if there’s no internet connectivity.

This is what I think makes the Mitochon mobile EHR app so unique. They securely cache your top patient info on your mobile phone so that if your mobile has no connectivity, then the data is still there and available to you. Sure, it’s not the full EHR data and you can’t do all the functionality of your full EHR, but in an emergency situation (ie. EMR downtime) it could be incredibly valuable to have the clinical summary information available to you in your mobile app. Not to mention if you’re at a hospital doing rounds and the big cement wall hospital makes it so you have no cell signal.

Now that the health data of your patients is stored on the device, security becomes a big question mark. Mitochon showed me this slide which does a good job showing the mobile security they’ve put in place with their mobile EHR app:

I think this is a pretty creative mobile EHR solution. Plus, I find it fascinating that they built a large portion of their app on the back of CCD. Makes me wonder what other cool things could be done with CCDs.

Here are some other screenshots of the Mitochon mobile EHR app (these are from the iPad):

Do you like this approach to dealing with access to your patient records even during EHR downtime? Is the CCD enough information for you to care for a patient?

Full Disclosure: Mitochon is an advertiser on this site.

Kaiser’s Mobile App, EHR Anxiety Coding, EHR Accessibility Challenge and EHR Design

Posted on January 29, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

We’re back with our weekend round up of interesting tweets from the Twittersphere. We’ve got some really interesting ones to consider this week. So, much is happening in healthcare IT. Hopefully I can provide a good insight to some of the trends that are most interesting. No doubt this will be a challenge as we head into what is one of the most busy healthcare IT news cycles of the year around HIMSS.

Now, on to the various EHR and Healthcare IT tweets:


Kaiser Permanente just made 9 Million EHR records available on line to the patients. That’s definitely worth talking about. Go read about it in Jennifer’s post.

This tweet just made me laugh (although, if you’re experiencing it, it’s not that funny):


I think they probably need a DSM-IV code.


I know there are a number of companies working on this. The problem isn’t the technology to get the Qcode to access your patient record. It’s aggregating your patient record in some place so that it’s accessible. That’s going to take a long time (if ever) to get it all connected.


I’m fascinated by this idea as well. I hope some companies will take it really seriously. The interesting thing is that often by making software accessible, you also learn a lot about how you can simplify the software.


Dr. Rick does a great job starting the conversation around EHR usability. I can’t imagine the effort he put in just to create the first post. Of course, it is a first offering, but I’m really glad that he’s started a deeper discussion around EHR usability. My only disappointment is that he isn’t posting them on one of my sites instead of HIStalk. Regardless, by the looks of the discussion in that post it’s going to drive some really interesting conversation that will hopefully result in improved EHR design.