Mobile EHR as a Solution for EHR Downtime

Posted on October 12, 2012 I Written By

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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?

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