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drchrono EHR logo
 
drchrono EHR is a patient care platform that offers customization at the point of care and on the go. In addition to EHR, drchrono also includes scheduling, billing and patient reminders. It is available on iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. Healthcare... Read More
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drchrono EHR is a patient care platform that offers customization at the point of care and on the go. In addition to EHR, drchrono also includes scheduling, billing and patient reminders. It is available on iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. Healthcare... Read More
 
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HealthFusion's MediTouch system delivers a CCHIT certified solution that can support the iPad and also features an intuitive user interface. Great for small practices searching for a web-based solution.
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HealthFusion's MediTouch system delivers a CCHIT certified solution that can support the iPad and also features an intuitive user interface. Great for small practices searching for a web-based solution.
 
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NueMD makes it easy to securely update, manage, and search health records from a mobile device. The system is ONC-ATCB Certified to support clinical workflows such as charting, e-prescribing, lab tracking, and more.
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NueMD makes it easy to securely update, manage, and search health records from a mobile device. The system is ONC-ATCB Certified to support clinical workflows such as charting, e-prescribing, lab tracking, and more.
 
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athenahealth is connecting care nationwide with cloud-based services for electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle management & medical billing, patient engagement, care coordination, and population health management, as well... Read More
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athenahealth is connecting care nationwide with cloud-based services for electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle management & medical billing, patient engagement, care coordination, and population health management, as well... Read More
 
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iSALUS Healthcare offers a fully-integrated electronic health records (EHR), practice management and billing services solution with a host of features to support small to mid-sized practices. This system is flexible and securely accessible... Read More
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iSALUS Healthcare offers a fully-integrated electronic health records (EHR), practice management and billing services solution with a host of features to support small to mid-sized practices. This system is flexible and securely accessible... Read More

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PrognoCIS by Bizmatics logo
 
PrognoCIS is a cloud-based ICD-10 compliant and MU certified EMR solution which helps medical facilities and practitioners to manage patient medical recording. The software comprises of integrated modules for EHR, Practice Management,... Read More
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PrognoCIS is a cloud-based ICD-10 compliant and MU certified EMR solution which helps medical facilities and practitioners to manage patient medical recording. The software comprises of integrated modules for EHR, Practice Management,... Read More
 
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NextGen offers an integrated suite of electronic health record, practice management, revenue cycle management, clinical content, population health, analytics, HIE/interoperability, and EDI solutions delivered on enterprise, cloud,... Read More
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NextGen offers an integrated suite of electronic health record, practice management, revenue cycle management, clinical content, population health, analytics, HIE/interoperability, and EDI solutions delivered on enterprise, cloud,... Read More
 
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Aprima's ONC-ATCB certified system is an especially good fit among image-intensive specialties (such as orthopedics) requiring support of touchscreen or tablet devices. It is scalable and suitable for practices of all sizes.
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Aprima's ONC-ATCB certified system is an especially good fit among image-intensive specialties (such as orthopedics) requiring support of touchscreen or tablet devices. It is scalable and suitable for practices of all sizes.
 
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Kareo offers a comprehensive EHR and Practice Management system geared for solo and small medical practices. Their iPhone app allows physicians an amount of mobile access and includes real-time schedule updates and patient alerts.
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Kareo offers a comprehensive EHR and Practice Management system geared for solo and small medical practices. Their iPhone app allows physicians an amount of mobile access and includes real-time schedule updates and patient alerts.
 
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This ONC-ATCB certified solution by ECLIPSE delivers powerful functionality for clinical workflows. Offers EHR charting, e-prescribing, and lab report tracking. Available in monthly subscription model.
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This ONC-ATCB certified solution by ECLIPSE delivers powerful functionality for clinical workflows. Offers EHR charting, e-prescribing, and lab report tracking. Available in monthly subscription model.

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Greenway's PrimeMOBILE extends its ONC-ATCB certified EHR to the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and other devices, allowing customers to access and edit charts, view schedules, and capture charges on the go.
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Greenway's PrimeMOBILE extends its ONC-ATCB certified EHR to the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and other devices, allowing customers to access and edit charts, view schedules, and capture charges on the go.
 
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ChiroTouch's complete EMR and practice management system can be accessed on the iPad, allowing small and mid-sized chiropractic practices the flexibility of mobile charting. ChiroTouch 5.0 is certified for meaningful use.
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ChiroTouch's complete EMR and practice management system can be accessed on the iPad, allowing small and mid-sized chiropractic practices the flexibility of mobile charting. ChiroTouch 5.0 is certified for meaningful use.
 
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RxNT offers a suite of cloud-based solutions including RxNT|EHR, RxNT|eRx, and RxNT|PM. The three products are available for purchase in standalone form or within an integrated suite and are accessible on any connected mobile device... Read More
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RxNT offers a suite of cloud-based solutions including RxNT|EHR, RxNT|eRx, and RxNT|PM. The three products are available for purchase in standalone form or within an integrated suite and are accessible on any connected mobile device... Read More
 
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MedPointe from Health Systems Technology, Inc. is a standalone EHR solution that offers integrated billing, accounting, picture archiving, and patient scheduling features within suite, along with medical billing services. The program... Read More
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MedPointe from Health Systems Technology, Inc. is a standalone EHR solution that offers integrated billing, accounting, picture archiving, and patient scheduling features within suite, along with medical billing services. The program... Read More
 
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WRS Health is a Meaningful Use certified EMR software with features such as medical billing, patient scheduling, and order management. The software is iPad friendly, and can be supported in various medical specialties.
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WRS Health is a Meaningful Use certified EMR software with features such as medical billing, patient scheduling, and order management. The software is iPad friendly, and can be supported in various medical specialties.

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WebPT’s fully-mobile web-based EMR offers rehab therapists access to medical records or practice management tools from any web-enabled device. Its dexterity and affordability make it a good fit for practices of all sizes.
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WebPT’s fully-mobile web-based EMR offers rehab therapists access to medical records or practice management tools from any web-enabled device. Its dexterity and affordability make it a good fit for practices of all sizes.
 
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Practice EHR, a medical practice management software, was developed to accommodate the needs of small to mid-size businesses. The platform is customizable to internal medicine practices, chiropractors, physical therapists, family medicine,... Read More
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Practice EHR, a medical practice management software, was developed to accommodate the needs of small to mid-size businesses. The platform is customizable to internal medicine practices, chiropractors, physical therapists, family medicine,... Read More
 
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RAPID Chiropractic Software from ACOM Health is designed specifically for chiropractic clinics. It's an ONC-ATCB certified EMR and practice management system. It offers many unique capabilities, including support for tablet PCs.
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RAPID Chiropractic Software from ACOM Health is designed specifically for chiropractic clinics. It's an ONC-ATCB certified EMR and practice management system. It offers many unique capabilities, including support for tablet PCs.
 
ReDoc powered by xfit logo
 
ReDoc powered by xfit is cloud-based rehab therapy documentation, scheduling and practice management software for practices of all sizes. A fully-integrated solution from Net Health, ReDoc drives PT, OT, and SLP workflow that moves... Read More
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ReDoc powered by xfit is cloud-based rehab therapy documentation, scheduling and practice management software for practices of all sizes. A fully-integrated solution from Net Health, ReDoc drives PT, OT, and SLP workflow that moves... Read More
 
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CureMD is a certified cloud-based EHR, practice management, patient portal and revenue cycle management. CureMD helps physicians and office staff manage their practice operations. It also helps practices adopt Meaningful Use - driving... Read More
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CureMD is a certified cloud-based EHR, practice management, patient portal and revenue cycle management. CureMD helps physicians and office staff manage their practice operations. It also helps practices adopt Meaningful Use - driving... Read More

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Buyer's Guide

by Gaby Loria,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: July 26, 2017


Apple’s iPad is making rounds in healthcare. Its ergonomic design, long battery life and beautiful user interface (UI) gives other tablets a run for their money. As the iPad is grows in popularity among physicians, more and more EHR vendors are releasing iPad-specific versions of their EMRs. Some offer native iPad EMRs; others offer web browser access through the iPad.

But, there’s no perfect iPad EMR solution. Each type of deployment has its benefits and drawbacks. In this guide we review the three main iPad EMR options:

Web-based EMRs. These systems are used through a web browser and can be accessed through the iPad’s Safari browser. They offer various benefits as well as convenience to users.

Remote-access EMRs. Most client/server on-premise EMRs can be accessed from a remote system, including iPads, through utilities, such as Citrix. Though this isn’t ideal, it works.

Native iPad EMRs. These are probably what you want most—a slick app developed just for the iPad—but the options are very limited so far. You may have to wait a while.

Web-based EMRs

Until more native iPad EMRs hit the market, we think physicians are best off using web-based EMRs. There are a number of viable web-based systems in the market, so physicians will be able to find one that has capabilities for their size and type of practice (e.g., WebPT for physical therapists).

Also, many web-based EMR vendors have received ONC-ATCB certification. This is a requirement for doctors who want to receive HITECH Act funds.

To see a full list of options, visit our Web-based EMR guide.

EMRs with Remote Access

As noted in our table above, several leading vendors offer remote access to their EMR. Using this deployment model, your EMR runs on a server (likely in your IT closet), but is remotely displayed on the iPad over a network. There isn’t really an EMR application running on the iPad. Instead, the remote access application is allowing you to view the application as if you were at a desktop or laptop.

This approach will allow you to access Allscripts, GE Centricity or any other number of major EMR systems. However, you’ll be seeing the usual Windows UI, not an iPad interface. This means you’re not taking full advantage of the iPad’s slick UI (the reason you bought the iPad to begin with). It’s a little kludgy, but it works.

Native iPad EMRs

The third option is to purchase a native iPad EMR app. However, options are fairly limited; we’ve only identified a few such native apps, such as Dr. Chrono, Nimble, Mediforms, MediMobile, IQMax and Capzule EMR. Dr. Chrono and Nimble are the most impressive (and attractive); they do the kind of stuff the iPad was designed to do. For example, Nimble has an application called “Medical Art” that allows doctors to view and markup images (e.g., X-Rays, EKGs and anatomical diagrams) with the swipe of a finger. It’s a great tool for educating patients and communicating diagnoses.

These systems make great use of the design elements that lead to a fluid user experience on the relatively smaller, touchscreens of tablets. (To read more about general design considerations when it comes to EHRs, see our guide on medical software interfaces.)

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Unfortunately, native iPad EMRs can have drawbacks too. Many of them have limited functionality. Physicians can perform basic tasks, such as capture billing charges, view a patient record or track patient schedules.

But, some native iPad EMRs don’t offer a complete set of features that other web-based and on-premise EMRs offer. This is mostly because these apps are new to the market. It took years, even decades, for the leading EMRs to offer the depth of functionality they now offer. iPad app startups aren’t going to catch up anytime soon.

Common Features

Scheduling: Medical professionals can view and manage their schedules directly from their iPads. The scheduling feature can be used by both patients and doctors to find free slots, specify clinic locations and manage clinic capacity. You can add and edit appointments, manage multiple locations and create schedules for single or multiple providers.

Billing: Cloud-based and native EMR apps support billing, invoicing and collections features as well. The medical billing features also help you manage insurance and patient payments. Advanced billing features can help you generate reports and manage accounts receivables and claims.

Document management: Healthcare practices need to maintain a large volume of documents. Document management features help manage EMRs and images and reduce records retention costs. Electronic document storage and management features eliminate the need for off-site storage facility. The app should be able to handle multiple file types and may also offer document scanning capabilities.

Patient charts and notes: EMR iPad applications help create digital versions of patient charts that include their whole medical history and previous diagnosis and treatments. This feature helps track and store patient data and access them from anywhere. Physicians can also add notes about patients that will be stored for future use. Many EMR software offer customizable templates that help you choose the fields required for patient charts and notes.

e-Prescribing: This feature sends prescriptions to patients and pharmacies over the internet. e-Prescribing reduces medication errors, reviews previous prescriptions, searches for pharmacy locations and provides alerts regarding drug allergies, dosage levels and duplicates. It allows doctors to create and refill prescriptions, view dosage history, contact pharmacies and manage medications.

Alerts and reminders: EMR applications send appointment reminders to patients via text messages or email. This automates the routine task of sending reminders about upcoming appointments and reduces revenue loss due to no shows.

HIPAA compliance: Using HIPAA-compliant EMR applications is essential in complying with federal regulations. While choosing an EMR application, you should ensure that it is compliant with all aspects of HIPAA regulation and has all the latest updates.

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