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Using PIMSY EMR on an iPad and Android Device

One of the regular EMR and EHR readers, Judy, recently took up the challenge I posed in my previous post about Every EMR Vendor available on the iPad. She downloaded the LogMeIn Ignition app that I mentioned in that post and tried out her PIMSY EMR software on it. Thanks to Judy for sharing her experience.

The following is her experience and review.

I tested the new LogMeIn app to see if I could access PIMSY EMR from my older Droid and from an iPad. It takes a little getting used to: you have to familiarize yourself with how to navigate on the screen and how to change the size to get the screen view that works for you. Once you get that done you are good to go. That said, there are 2 ways to change the size: a magnifying option at the bottom of the screen or a zoom in bar on the right hand side; you can enlarge as much as needed. There are also 2 options for moving around: you can move the screen with your finger (the cursor stays put) or you can move the cursor like a regular mouse; I prefer navigating around the cursor. Both options make it simple to maneuver.

If you’re used to texting and typing on a smaller keyboard, it will be easier to adjust. The app itself gives you a keyboard that takes up approximately half the size of the screen, so larger phone screens like Droid 2 or iPhone would have a bigger keyboard than a regular Droid, and the iPhone keyboard was comparable to a regular size. For those who aren’t used to navigating and typing on a phone screen, there will be an adjustment period. If you’re connected to dual monitors, you can easily switch to either one, and I was able to watch a video.

The speed is slightly slower from phone or iPad to computer but very good from computer to computer. The app is not offered on a Blackberry. I would highly recommend this app to anyone who wants to connect to their desktop remotely; it worked great to get into PIMSY. Well worth $29.99.

May 30, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.

EVERY EMR Software Available on the iPad

I’m about to make a big announcement about the iPad. Something that every iPad loving doctor will be happy to know about. It’s a simple announcement, and something many of you probably already know: Every EMR software vendor out there is now available on the iPad.

That’s right, you can pretty much run any and every of the 300+ EMR companies software on an iPad. All it takes is an iPad, a cell or WiFi internet connection and some form of remote desktop application. There you go, I solved all the EMR companies iPad strategy problems.

Practice Fusion sent out a press release recently about support of the iPad for their Free EHR. In the press release they highlight a number of the benefits of access to an EMR on the iPad and they describe the use of the EMR iPad model that I talk about above. They use the remote desktop app for mobile devices called LogMeIn Ignition. $29.95 and you can connect to your computer from your iPad. Not to mention that it also support Android and Windows. Yes, that’s right, I guess we could also say that every EMR software is available on Android and Windows phones and tablets as well. Of course, there are also some free RDP options as well, but probably aren’t quite as easy to configure.

Now, I’m sure the purest out there are going to come and say that there’s a lot of difference between a remote session to your computer than a native iPad EMR application. They’re right. In some ways, the remote connection to your computer is better. There’s no new EMR interface you have to learn. You have remote access to all the files and programs on your main computer. You have all the preferences you’re use to having at your desk. I could go on, but there’s certainly some benefits to remotely accessing your computer on an iPad.

Some might argue that the latency (Translated: slowness) of a remote session could be a major issue. I think these comments are from people on super slow connections and/or people who haven’t used the latest remote desktop sessions. Remote access has come a long way and the experience of using a computer remotely is almost as good as being at the computer itself.

The more important argument that I’ve left out is actually the EMR user interface. The problem with most EMR user interfaces is that they were designed with a mouse and keyboard as the input devices. The keyboard can generally be overcome with good templates, voice recognition, the iPad keyboard, etc. However, the mouse is a more difficult challenge since the precision of the mouse is so much better than your finger (This is the true fat finger issue).

Point being that while you can certainly access your EMR remotely on the iPad, it’s going to be important to know how well your EMR software is designed for a touch screen interface. Spacing of elements in your EMR, size of buttons and a number of other design elements can drastically change your experience using a touch screen interface. Plus, that doesn’t even cover the unique touch screen gestures that are available like swiping, 2 finger taps, etc.

Yes, it is fair to say that EVERY EMR software out there can be run on an iPad. However, that definitely doesn’t mean that you will want to run that EMR software on the iPad. The good thing is the cost to try your EMR software on the iPad is really low. Once you’ve tried it out, let me know your experience so that others can learn as well.

May 24, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.