Patient care - particularly in remote areas - will be faster and more efficient thanks to the launch of iPhone and iPad versions of world-renowned clinical software developed at The University of Western Australia.
Health professionals will no longer have to transport boxes of patient notes over long distances and doctors will be able to support clinics after hours.
Medical Message Exchange (MMEx) was developed as an e-health platform at UWA's Centre for Software Practice. Used by more than 7,000 health professionals in Australia for secure information sharing and clinical patient management, it is a web-based clinical system. It incorporates the latest technical standards from the National e-Health Transition Authority, evidence-based clinical protocols for chronic disease, and specific modules for management of cancer and wounds.
The new iPhone and iPad applications allow for mobile management of patients' results and data entry of progress notes and observations.
The Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, a strategic client and development partner of the centre, uses MMEx to support fully electronic clinics delivering care for Indigenous Australians. KAMSC and associated member services across the Kimberley will now use iPads to access patient records when delivering care in remote areas where there is no internet coverage.
Centre Director, Associate Professor David Glance said MMEx was an implementation of clinical software based on collaboration and sharing of information.
Primary health care providers, specialists, hospitals, aged-care providers and allied health providers are now connected through shared electronic health records, secure communication and remote administration of health and medicine.
The iPad (MMExiMax) and iPhone (MMExi) applications are available on the Apple iTunes Application Store.