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Harris fortifies patient portal with new mobile app

“The functionality is very similar to the web-based portal, and it allows for providers and patients to interact.”
By Chris Anderson
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One year after launching its vendor-neutral, device-independent FusionFX patient portal, Harris Healthcare Solutions will introduce its FusionFX Mobile Patient Portal app on both iOS and Android platforms at HIMSS15 in Chicago.

The mobile app allows a similar interaction and experience as the FusionFX portal, without tying patients to PCs.

“The functionality is very similar to the web-based portal, and it allows for providers and patients to interact,” said Vishal Agrawal, MD, president of Harris Healthcare Solutions. “The primary advantage of the app is the ability to use it any time and anywhere.”

Mobile app users can view the most recent information contained in their medical records including lab results, medication history, radiology reports, allergies and lists of problems and diagnoses. It allows patients to contribute to their social and family histories and, via secure messaging, they can also contact their doctors, request prescription refills, and schedule appointments.

At the heart of the FusionFX portal is its ability to pull patient datga together regardless of where the information was generated or what electronic health record was used, Agrawal explained. “It could be any number of electronic health records like an Epic or a Cerner or Allscripts or Meditech, or it could be lab companies like Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp.”

In addition to allowing patients to submit their own medical history, in the next month Harris will add integration with its mobile app for fitness and wellness devices like FitBit, as well as mobile home monitoring. The result, Agrawal noted, is the ability to seamlessly collect more relevant health information about each patient that provides a longitudinal whole-health history accessible to care givers to help the patient better manage their health.

“With remote patient monitoring capability the data can be generated either passively or actively by the patient and that information, over time, will lead to improved clinical workflows, particularly in treating chronic conditions,” Agrawal added. “With this capability you can imagine an entirely different way for clinicians to manage and monitor chronic disease with patient involvement.”