The Department of Veterans Affairs is adding a provider-facing app called Patient Viewer to its arsenal, FCW is reporting.
Together with previous VA titles, the apps are designed to help both doctors and patients access information contained in the VA’s Vista electronic health record platform, with the goal of improving workflows for providers, and ultimately improving clinical outcomes.
“The hypothesis is that these mobile devices will save approximately five minutes per patient, which will increase the number of patients that we can potentially see,” Kathy Frisbee, MD, co-director of the VA’s Connected Health Program.
VA plans to release the app to some 100 providers this summer, and then launch it across the enterprise later this year, if the test is successful.
Meanwhile, veterans have been able to try out the Mobile Blue Button and Summary of Care apps since November 2014, with larger-scale rollouts expected later this year. While the former app enables veterans to access their medical record, the latter offers access to ancillary data like vital signs, lab results, medication history and consults.
“Mobility is a new journey for many organizations – the VA included,” said Neil Evans, MD, the Connected Health Program’s other co-director. “So part of this is building, beyond just the application itself, the infrastructure to support a robust mobile program.”