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A native digital medical record system for iPhone and iPod, developed by CareTools Inc., a mobile healthcare information company, is now available on the Apple App Store. The CareTools president said, "We recognized early on that iPhone has the potential to radically change the use of information technology at the most important patient/provider interface - the actual point-of-care[horizontal ellipsis]iChart running natively on iPhone is a leapfrog product in terms of its functionality, ease of use and affordable price. Given the value that iChart offers, we are confident it will significantly stimulate the adoption of information technology by healthcare providers."


iChart acts as an electronic "personal medical assistant" and focuses on streamlining the daily "chart, bill and fill" routine of every healthcare provider. HIPAA compatible, iChart leverages the advanced capabilities of iPhone and iPod touch to warehouse patient data, and images, in addition to providing an updated list of medications, drug interactions, pharmacies, billing codes and complaint specific clinical templates. Synchronization of new information is accomplished wirelessly using secure web technology and iChart allows a single provider or entire healthcare network to automate medical data capture and effortlessly look-up patient related information using an efficiently designed "touch and tap" interface.


The iChart application can be configured to synchronize data to the user's included iChart Sync online account, where data can be viewed, shared and printed via a standard web browser. Group and enterprise accounts can setup data sharing teams and leverage data input by iChart teammates in near real-time. Caretools also offers each user the opportunity to link to community or enterprise lab results via a central HL7 gateway, and route prescriptions to national e- Prescribing networks.


Priced at just over $100. the iChart application can be downloaded wirelessly from the App Store using iPhone or iPhone touch. Apple's new App Store (launchED on July 11, 2008) provides iPhone users with native applications in a variety of categories including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.


Source: Press Release, July 28, 2008, CareTools Inc. For more information, visit