NEW ORLEANS—I made my debut for the new Health Innovation Broadcast Consortium last night with a live webcast interview with Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush. As usual, I didn’t need to prepare much for the interview because Bush almost interviews himself, so I just decided to wing it. Also as usual, we kept it light, as each of us had a beer in our hand, since we were at the House of Blues in the French Quarter, where Athenahealth had its annual HIMSS party. (This year featured a jazz funeral marking the “death of software.”) But we did discuss some topics actually relevant to health IT, including meaningful use and Athenahealth’s recent acquisition of Epocrates. Enjoy.
Has this been reported before, or have I just not been paying close enough attention?
Yesterday at the Mobile Health Expo in New York, Sean Handel, vice president of subscriber business at Epocrates, said that the San Mateo, Calif.-based company known for its mobile medical reference tools, is building an EHR for small physician practices. “A significant portion of that product will be a patient portal,” Handel said.
Handel also said to expect to see more integration of mobile apps into clinical systems as more people shift to tablets from traditional PCs. That’s no surprise. We have so little integration now that it really can only go up.
While I’m being slightly cynical, I leave you with this thought from Google’s Dr. Roni Zeiger: