For the Second Consecutive Year, Modern Healthcare Ranks PatientKeeper One of the "Most Important Mobile Medical Apps"
Readers responding to this year's second annual Modern Healthcare survey for the Most Important Mobile Medical Applications said they continue to rely on old standbys among apps, defined as downloadable software programs that are mobile device-specific. In all, respondents identified 83 apps and devices performing 46 primary functions.
Epocrates was their top choice as the most important app for the second year in a row, followed by Medscape, Micromedex and WebMD. These top four clinician-oriented mobile medical apps—and seven in the top 10—were launched by companies founded in the 1990s or earlier. Other venerable apps in the top 10 were Lexicomp, started on paper in 1978; UpToDate, whose company was launched in 1992; and PatientKeeper, whose company was founded in 1998, with the app launched in 1999 for the Palm Pilot.
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Two of the top picks of Dr. Colin Banas, chief medical information officer at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, were old school—the drug reference tool UpToDate and the charge capture tool PatientKeeper... PatientKeeper ties in with his center's clinical and billing systems. “I can see clinical data on my app and drop charges for patients I see, which is really slick and a huge timesaver,” he said.