App brings e-health to tablets

New app to keep pace with the use of mobile devices in healthcare

Health IT solutions company, Sysmex New Zealand, has released a new mobile app that enables clinicians to access patients’ e-health records via touchscreen-equipped devices, including iPhones, iPads and Android tablets and smartphones.

Elcair Touch, which was demonstrated at the 2011 Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) Conference, allows clinicians to access different types of data from a clinical data repository called Eclair. For example, a clinician can view a patient’s diagnostic reports, medication lists and visit summaries, and order diagnostic tests and add clinical notes to a patient’s record.

Sysmex estimates that 30 per cent of clinicians use touchscreen-equipped devices.

The company says that patient privacy is ensured by only temporarily caching data on the device.

However, concerns about data security and access to patients’ personal information via mobile devices are issues that need to be properly addressed. Sysmex mentioned security as an issue and the company’s chief architect, Graeme Hibbert, claimed the mobile app is safe.

"User access is authenticated in the same way as it is to the core Eclair Web system," Hibbert said in a statement. "A full audit trail of all access and actions is also recorded."

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