Epocrates building EHR for small practices

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:

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