Our mission at AmericanEHR is to facilitate the adoption and use of health information technology to reduce the cost of care and improve healthcare delivery. While our primary focus has been surrounding EHR adoption, and implementation, we’ve been steadily expanding our focus to include reviews, feedback, resources and market share data surrounding other medical technologies. Past AmericanEHR studies have provided insights on clinical usage of smartphones, tablets and mobile apps. Our parent company (Cientis Technologies) has also worked closely with our founding partner, the American College of Physicians (ACP), to develop clinical apps like the ACP Immunization Advisor.
I’m now excited to announce that AmericanEHR has recently released a mobile app called Health Alerts. The AmericanEHR Health Alerts app brings you timely information on outbreaks and incidents on public health emergency topics, including: diseases, infections, natural disasters, drug recalls, travel medicine, and more. This information is pulled directly from live feeds provided by the world’s most trusted sources for public health information, including:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID)
- US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
- Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
- And many more…
It is projected that a coordinated outbreak prevention strategy can help save tens of thousands of lives annually. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that by preventing infections from antibiotic-resistant germs through more efficient coordination among healthcare facilities and public health departments, as much as 80 percent of infections could be prevented in the next five years.
AmericanEHR’s Health Alerts app can not only slash the spread of these types of diseases and infections, but it provides clinicians, the public, health agencies and healthcare facilities with real time alerts and updates to stop outbreaks in their tracks. Being aware of the latest health bulletins and the symptoms to keep a watchful eye open for means lower healthcare costs, and faster, more accurate responses to health threats as they materialize.
The AmericanEHR Health Alerts app is free to use with an AmericanEHR account. The app is available for iOS (Apple) devices such as iPhone, iPad, and iPad Mini. It’s currently in limited release to select clinicians and patients as we gather feedback from the medical community. If you’d like to participate in testing the app, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, practice name, and the email address that’s associated with your Apple user account (this is necessary to provision the app to your Apple device).
The AmericanEHR Health Alerts app has been undergoing testing and community input since 2015. A series of posters have been created to draw awareness and entice clinicians and patients to use the app. These posters are now receiving wide acclaim in the design industry, including a Platinum Award in the Graphis 2016 Advertising Annual, a prestigious global advertising and design publication. In total, only 10 Platinum winners were awarded globally in 2016 out of thousands of entries.