Epic developing iPad app to complement popular iPhone electronic health record app

Epic Systems is one of the most popular electronic health record vendors and has a great reputation in the medical community to stand by.  Last year, they even teamed up with Apple to run test drives on their current iPhone app in Stanford Hospital & Clinics, in Palo Alto, California.

Needless to say, they are big players in the mobile electronic medical record world.  So it’s welcome news they are developing an app for the iPad.

Epic will translate the Haiku application into an application developed for the iPad called Canto, “with similar functionality yet more capabilities due to a larger screen,” Paula said. “Once iPads come into play, I have a vision for them being widely deployed throughout the hospital.” Tampa plans to support clinicians with individually owned iPads at an enterprise level by allowing any physician with privileges to download the Canto program and have access to patient data.

Sources: CMIO : Epic electronic health records


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6 Responses to Epic developing iPad app to complement popular iPhone electronic health record app

  1. Dan September 26, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Am I the only one who sees an issue with this? Apple devices are not Enterprise level. No encryption on the iPhone and iPad, horrible wireless (nightmare to support). You’ll have Dr’s looking at medical records over cellular sitting in Starbucks. HIPAA red flags everywhere!

    • Dylan March 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

      Your point about Starbucks is well taken. However, with all of the Epic software there is no patient data actually stored on the device. All the programs do is write pixels on the iPad. Thus as long as the access gateway is secured by a good password and it’s not being used in a location where someone could be looking over your shoulder it is perfectly HIPAA compliant.

      • Ken McGrath August 9, 2012 at 9:27 am #

        This sounds great! What centers are using this application at present and is it functioning as expected. Would like to hear more details about this application.

        Thank You, Ken McGrath

  2. vladimir vincek August 31, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    Have experience with using EPIC in academic dermatology department. All dermatologists are very unhappy with EPIC system. Even after more than 2 years number of patients that we see after implementation of EPIC is 20% lower than when we had paper records. Despite the fact that EPIC advertise dermatology specialty templates in real world they don’t exist. There are lot of good EMR around for dermatology but they can not interface with EPIC.

  3. L Yu October 2, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Besides Epic, what are other major players in dermatology EHR? I particularly interested in private dermatology practice settings. Thanks!

  4. Marcia Bridges,RN January 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    I need immediate access to EPIC EMR/EHR for my job. Can you direct me please? I have used Meditech and Carevue. Where do the differences fall? You help is greatly appreciated!
    Marcia Bridges,RN
    PS I work ICU both Surgical and MSICU.

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