Mobile Software Allows for Easier Documentation in Healthcare

— August 15, 2012

Defran Systems, a provider of clinical and financial management (EMR/EHR) software for the behavioral health and human services industries announced the release of an update for its mobile solution. The software is supported by mobile devices including iPhones, iPads, and Android and Windows phones and tablets. The solution offers functionality for field staff that eliminates the need to carry paper records and supports e-signature functionality, which enables clients to sign consent forms on mobile devices with a finger or stylus.

Additionally, the app’s optimized interface enables caseworkers and clinicians to reduce the time it takes to document visits, schedule services and perform data entry while visiting consumers in the field. These features complement the application’s clinical functionality in the interest of improving the speed, efficiency and overall quality of patient care.

“The majority of the services we provide are community-based, so we’ve purchased iPads for a good number of our clinical staff and plan to add more every year,” said Margo Roethlisberger, vice president, program operations, Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. “We’ve used this mobile solution to conduct full mental health assessments, calculate directions to client sites using the integrated GPS functionality and dictate our case notes using voice recognition functionality. These features streamline our care delivery processes, thereby improving the quality and timeliness of the services we provide.”

Defran’s mobile solution also automatically validates scheduled appointments against a worker’s calendar via secure communication with system servers. Additional features include full calendar access and scheduling and full intake and referral capabilities for receiving new clients. In addition, this update has been made available to all of Defran’s customers at no additional cost.

“Our goal with this update was to make it easy to pick up and use without needing special expertise or additional training,” said Art Khanlian, chief information officer at Defran Systems. “This means that whether a caseworker is on a home visit, working a crisis intervention or conducting a patient assessment, Defran’s convenient mobile functionality enables them to spend more time focused on their client instead of the software.”

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