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Although there are thousands of consumer mobile applications available now, there are far fewer mobile enterprise apps in use today. New powerful mobile platforms, from the iPad to Android devices, have enabled new avenues for Mobile Application Development for healthcare applications. Capturing data from patient services, such as comprehensive assessments by skilled nursing professionals, can be performed on-site using healthcare mobile applications.
So how far has healthcare mobile application development progressed for an electronic medical records? How have regulatory and technical challenges impacted development of a fully functional EMR application to run on a mobile device? Development of a complete EMR application for mobile cell phones is faced with several limitations, although tablet computers that use mobile operating systems present new possibilities. A web based EMR application may be accessed through a browser on a mobile device, but typically lacks the user friendliness compared to accessing the EMR application over a laptop or desktop computer browser. It’s possible to reproduce the user experience of the EMR application on an iPad or Android device, but there are many security, user experience and technical limitations that govern the development of a full performance mobile EMR application.
Design considerations for development of a mobile EMR application include:
Keeping these technical parameters in mind, it is possible to develop an EMR application extension that runs on a mobile device. This EMR application may not be a standalone healthcare application, but would be an interface to the full EMR application. The mobile EMR application may expose only certain modules of the healthcare application to the mobile user, such as patient demographic or schedule information. Some areas of the EMR application, such as the plan of care, can also be exposed through the mobile interfaces.