86536060-300x200Doctors are continuing to use tablets at the point of care, but they still don’t have an effective way to switch between applications. Often times, doctors are switching between multiple applications during one patient’s session while still trying to keep track of the patient’s medical record, and this takes time away from the patient-to-doctor interaction.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center noticed this problem and teamed up with three healthcare IT companies to create a solution and simplify the workflow. UPMC, Caradigm, Intel, and Microsoft are working to enhance patient care by creating a single interface that allows physicians to instantly switch between multiple clinical applications while still showing relevant patient information.

Within the interface, UPMC Technology Development Center will provide the relevant patient information, consolidating disparate clinical applications and EMRs into one, patient-centric and secure system. UPMC’s clinical pathways will also be able to lead clinical teams through UPMC-approved pathways of care. Caradigm’s technologies will allow clinicians to have a single-set of sign-in credentials, which will be entered once per session. After signing in, health care professionals will be able to access multiple applications quickly without needing to sign-in separately. Caradigm will also manage the patient’s record across the applications, letting clinicians have automatic access to the correct and relevant patient records as they move throughout the system. Microsoft will provide the touch interface and consistent user experience that will also meet the level of manageability and security that is demanded by today’s health care industry.

In a recent Deloitte Survey of health physicians, researchers found that 9 out of 10 doctors are interested in mHealth technology and believe it to have clinical value. BettrLife is one of these clinical applications that allow doctors to be more connected with and provide better care for their patients by engaging with a number of provider-tool features that we detail here on our website.

Executive Director of Clinical Analytics and New Models of Care at UPMC, Oscar Marroquin, MD, said in a recent news release that the group hopes this solution will more easily enable health professionals to view and interpret the complete patient story, and in doing so, doctors will be able to act on the information more quickly and improve care overall.