California-based Kareo has released a free EHR tool that is accessible via an iPad application or a Web browser. Doctors can use the app to view EHRs containing medications, allergy notes and problem lists, and they can use the software to keep track of interactions with patients and make notes.
A partnership has been formed between Secure Exchange Solutions and the Utah Health Information Network to offer a secure clinical data sharing service to providers in Utah. SES supplied the software foundation for UHIN's e-mail system, called cHIE Direct, that allows doctors to securely transmit and receive health records for various purposes, such as hospital discharges and consultations.
Intermountain Healthcare and M*Modal have created a computerized physician order entry application that uses speech recognition software to allow doctors to dictate orders and send them to an EMR system. The app, created for Apple devices, is capable of supporting verbal orders for nursing procedures, laboratory tests and imaging scans.
An accountable care initiative has been launched by Independence Blue Cross, Abington Health and Lumeris in the Philadelphia area. The organizations have collaborated to boost doctor and patient satisfaction as well as reduce total care costs.