Electronic health records have the potential to transform America's medical system. But not all health professionals can afford large-scale, enterprise-class electronic health record management systems.
Last month, I wrote an article, Free and open source healthcare software for your practice, which seems to have resonated with many of you.
This makes sense. Medical practitioners range from very small businesses to enormous corporations, and like all other areas of computing, one size does not fit all.
Based on your feedback, one of my editorial goals will be to continue to find and spotlight innovative and less-costly methods to implement patient record keeping and computer technology within medical practices.
To that end, I'll share with you a new one: EHR on your Kindle Fire. If you think about it, the Kindle Fire is actually an almost ideal device for in-office use (with the possible exception of the too-tight integration to an Amazon account). The Kindle Fire is robust and very inexpensive as computing devices go. It's easy to carry, easy to use, and easy to read for almost all patients and staff.
In the following video, a company called drchrono (yep, all lower-case), showcases a patient check-in app for the Kindle Fire. I haven't tried it, but it does seem to provide a taste of low-cost options medical practitioners can look forward to in the coming years.