More and more EMR’s are going mobile, with SAP being the latest company to enter the mobile EMR business. Representatives of SAP presented their EMR app during an August 31 webinar. The app, developed by ten developers in 3 months, is ready for the iPad and Android devices and will be piloted in three European hospitals. The actual release is planned for the end of October. The central dashboard in the app provides quick access to patient records, medication lists, X-rays, allergies and real-time vital signs. In the first version most data will be directly streamed from the server (over WiFi or 3G), while later versions will use the Sybase Unwired Platform to store more data locally. The initial release is basically a read-only app, only able to view patient records and X-rays, while the ability to enter data will only be introduced in later versions.
SAP has also developed a patient-centered app called Collaborative eCare. Aimed at patients suffering from chronic diseases, it allows them to input their symptoms and medication from anywhere. Patients can give their doctors access to their data, obviating the need to repeatedly recite their complete medical history when visiting different doctors. Doctors can adjust dosages and change prescriptions and set reminders for patients to take their medicines, or just send them simple text messages right inside the app.