EHR vendors eye solo docs for Apple Watch apps

"Their thought is, 'If it's going to help me make decisions, I want to order it.'"
By Eric Wicklund
11:04 AM
Person using Apple Watch

The small physician practice isn't what it used to be. Today, solo docs and small practices are most likely a bit more technologically savvy and open to mHealth. And because of it, an increasing number of small EHR vendors are targeting them with new cloud-based platforms, chief among them Apple Watch apps.

As many of these docs do their own IT work, the independent medical practice market is ripe for these cloud-based platforms that assist with clinical and practice management functions. And, as these smaller EHR vendors are seeing, there's definitely some strong interest with many of them. Among them is Kareo, which this week unveiled its own Apple Watch app.

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As Tom Giannulli, MD, an Epocrates veteran who's now the chief medical information officer for Kareo, sees it, independent physicians are "practicing heads-up medicine, looking for the latest (in technology) that can make give them an edge," he said at HIMSS15 in Chicago last month. "Their thought is, 'If it's going to help me make decisions, I want to order it.'"

That makes an Apple Watch app a logical next step.

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