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Healthcare: Making Medicine More Mobile with Apple

Healthcare: Making Medicine More Mobile with Apple

A medical leader is bringing new innovation to patient care with apps for iPhone®, iPad®, and iPad mini™. Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical institution, founded in 1889, it is the first and largest integrated nonprofit medical group practice in the world.

As one of the world’s most respected medical research and treatment centers, Mayo Clinic is known for its ongoing innovations in health care. And now there’s another breakthrough: Using custom apps for physicians and patients on iPhone, iPad, and iPad mini, Mayo Clinic is transforming the capabilities of individualized patient care.

Since the late 19th century, Mayo Clinic has been at the forefront of medical technology.

“We had the development of the heart-lung machine, and the first total hip replacement. Mayo Clinic is really a model of what healthcare could be.”

– Dr. John H. Noseworthy, President and CEO

The clinic’s adoption of iPhone, iPad, and custom in-house apps reflects the Mayo Clinic’s commitment to the latest advances.

To make the most out of electronic  medical records (EMRs) and other data, Mayo developed Synthesis Mobile, a powerful app that taps into hundreds of internal systems, giving physicians like Dr. Brad Leibovich instant access to patient details via iPhone or iPad. Saving most physicians at least an hour of their time.

“Now I can sit with a patient, have and eye-to-eye conversation, and show them their CAT scan or a video about treatment options. I can use Synthesis Mobile to notify staff to change an IV setting, or do order entry and charge capture right from the application.”

– Dr. Brad Leibovich


Physicians at Mayo Clinic can use Synthesis Mobile on iPad to access medical information and data, such as CAT scans a laboratory results.





Mayo Clinic has also developed other iPhone and iPad apps, including Ask Mayo Expert, which provides a point-of-care resource for Mayo Clinic Care Network members, and the Mayo Clinic Patient app, which lets patients securely access their EMRs and exchange messages with physicians. “For patients dealing with any health issues, information is power, the more we can empower them to understand what’s going on with them, the better they’ll feel.” Leibovich states.

With the built-in security features and the development tools in the iOS SDK, building these apps was a smooth process fro the Mayo Clinic’s IT team.

“The iOS® ecosystem absolutely was the right technology for Mayo Clinic. We looked at a variety of other options, and none of them had what the iOS environment had. iOS provided the security we were looking for – encryption, the VPN environment, and the ability to write applications that leave no data on the device that we would consider confidential.”

-Mark Henderson, Division Chair of the Mayo Clinic IT department

As medical technologies continue to advance, physicians need equally advanced tools to communicate, manage data and deliver the best possible patient care. “The future is going to be amazing technology-wise, Mayo Clinic is just touching the surface of what’s possible. In terms of trying to be more efficient and providing the best care, the apps we’ve written have definitely given us a vision of where we can go in the future.

“It really brings us back to the time when health care was a personal interaction between the physician and the patient. We can integrate iPhone, iPad, and apps seamlessly with patient interactions, without the technology getting in the way. ”

– Dr. Brad Leibovich



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