It's no secret that the iPad is hot technology. But it may also be the next big push in diabetes management. A company called ClearPractice has developed software specifically designed for the iPad that would enable physicians to take a major step toward effectively using electronic medical records. The software would allow doctors to schedule, chart, prescribe, lab review/order, message and more using Wi-Fi or 3G. No data is stored on the iPad but is instead automatically uploaded to a secure site, which makes it HIPAA compliant.
The Obama administration is spending $19 billion in incentive payments to implement digital patient records for all physicians in the next few years. Physician practices have five years to adopt medical records before penalties are imposed. .
What does this mean to you? The effective use of electronic digital records could significantly improve the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of diabetes as well as facilitate communication between multiple doctors you may be seeing. .
What concerns do you have, if any, about the use of electronic medical data to record, transfer and store your sensitive medical information? If the transfer of your medical records was as secure as online banking would you be in favor of it? Why or why not? Post your comments below. .
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