By Eric Wicklund
HealthCare IT News
SAN ANTONIO, TX – AirStrip Technologies is teaming up with Palomar Health to launch a vendor-neutral platform that would allow healthcare providers to access a wide range of patient information sources from smartphones and tablets.
The announcement, being released this week, teams the San Antonio-based developer of mobile technology with California’s largest healthcare district and a well-known leader in the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement. Formerly known as Palomar Pomerado Health, Palomar Health comprises two hospitals and several other health facilities throughout northern San Diego County and is the developer of the Medical Information Anytime Anywhere (MMIA) platform.
AirStrip CEO Alan Portela said the partnership combines the two most important clinical data sources – the mobile device and the electronic medical record – on one platform, giving providers access to a broad range of data outside the traditional hospital setting.
"We’re taking this to a higher level of information exchange," he said. "Mobility is becoming a mission-critical tool in healthcare."
Under an agreement with Palomar Health Technologies, a subsidiary of the district’s foundation, AirStrip will integrate MMIA with its platform of applications, which include AirStrip OB, AirStrip Cardiology and AirStrip Patient Monitoring. The integrated platform, officials said, will enable providers to access information from medical devices as well as electronic health record systems like the Veterans Administration’s CPRS/VistA and Cerner Millennium. In addition, the platform will allow for voice, video and text messaging, support accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical home care coordination standards and integrate with Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) DIRECT.
Orlando Portale, Palomar Health’s chief innovation officer and a co-inventor of MMIA, said the district started out by envisioning a mobile application that would be agnostic of any kind of back-end system, so that it would support whatever device that physicians choose to bring to the workplace. “The piece we were missing was the piece that AirStrip has,” he said. “We always had a placeholder for that capability.”
Portale said Palomar designed the MMIA platform because the system’s physicians were bringing their own mobile devices to work and asking that they be integrated, and a platform that accommodates each physician’s individual needs is more manageable than one that forces the physician to adapt to a specific smartphone or tablet.
"This also gives us the ability to share what we’ve done to the industry at large," he added.
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