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Kareo Announces Apple Watch App To Improve Medical Practice Efficiency

Helps physicians streamline care delivery with appointment reminders, scheduling updates, and secure messaging

Irvine, CA – May 19, 2015Kareo, the leading provider of cloud-based medical office software for independent medical practices, today announced the launch of its Apple Watch App. Kareo’s most recent innovation extends the functionality of the company’s EHR to Apple Watch, streamlining care delivery and enhancing the patient experience by improving communications, reducing patient wait times, and increasing practice efficiency.

Kareo is launching this new Apple Watch App in response to the growing demands on physicians to increase their focus on all aspects of patient engagement. “Physicians are on their feet attending to the needs of patients for the majority of the day, leaving little time to check their schedules and prepare for the next appointment,” said Dr. Tom Giannulli, CMIO of Kareo. “Recognizing this demanding care delivery environment, Kareo’s Apple Watch App will help doctors better manage their schedule while enabling enhanced communication throughout the day, improving their ability to deliver a great patient experience.”

Kareo’s Apple Watch App provides the most relevant, practice-oriented information necessary to improve care and increase practice efficiency. Key functionalities of the App include:

  • Secure messaging that allows the user to send, reply, and read messages via dictation. Messages can be sent to staff or patients using Kareo’s secure messaging system, improving overall patient engagement and practice communication.
  • An agenda that allows the provider to quickly reference their schedule and see the status of appointments checked-in, no show, late, checked out, etc., helping reduce wait times and improve practice efficiency.
  • Appointment reminders that can be sent five minutes before the next scheduled appointment. The notification subtly vibrates the watch, indicating that the doctor has an impending appointment.
  • Appointment information that is accessible within a notification or through the agenda, allowing the provider to review details such as the patient’s name, time of appointment, visit type, and reason for the visit.
  • “I’m Running Late” pre-set messages that allow the doctor inform other staff members when they are running behind and how much longer they expect to be. This improves practice communication and enables the front desk to give patients a more accurate wait time estimate.
  • Apple “Glances” that provide a quick overview of key practice metrics, including how many patients are scheduled throughout the day, how many patients are waiting to be seen, and which patients are currently waiting in an exam room.

All features of Kareo’s Apple Watch App are HIPAA compliant and secure, ensuring all data are private, yet easily accessible.

“Independent physicians need new tools to grow strong, patient-centered practices, and Kareo’s Apple Watch App is another example of Kareo’s focus on helping physicians leverage innovative technology to drive their success,” said Dan Rodrigues, founder and CEO of Kareo. “With key practice and patient information accessible on their wrists, physicians are able to discreetly and efficiently provide updates to staff while staying focused on what matters most – the patient.”

Kareo’s Apple Watch App will be available for download on the Apple Watch App Store at the end of May. For further information regarding Kareo’s Apple Watch App, please visit Kareo’s mobile EHR page.

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About Kareo

Kareo is the only cloud-based medical office software and services platform purpose-built for small practices. At Kareo, we believe that, with the right tools and support, small practices can do big things. We offer an integrated solution of products and services designed to help physicians get paid faster, find new patients, run their business smarter, and provide better care. Our practice management software, medical billing solution, practice marketing tools and free, award-winning fully certified EHR help more than 30,000 medical providers more efficiently manage the business and clinical sides of their practice. Kareo has received extensive industry recognition, including the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Inc. 500/5000, Red Herring Top 100 Company, and Black Book #1 Integrated EHR, Practice Management and Billing Vendor. Headquartered in Irvine, California, the Kareo mission is to help providers spend their time focused on patients, not paperwork. For more information, visit www.kareo.com.

May 19, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Kareo Buys Epocrates EHR

Small practice EHR combines mobile technology and clinical knowledge base acquired from Epocrates with Kareo’s medical office software platform

IRVINE, CA – February 20, 2013 – Kareo, Inc., the cloud-based medical office software and services provider for small medical practices, serving over 17,000 medical providers, today launched Kareo Electronic Health Record (EHR). This new application is available free of charge as a stand-alone application or integrated with Kareo Practice Management and Kareo Billing Services, providing a seamless user experience and instant data exchange across applications. Kareo EHR offers small medical practices an intuitive and intelligent way to deliver care and engage patients through native iPad and iPhone applications or with a web browser. Kareo acquired mobile technology and a clinical knowledge base from Epocrates and leveraged these assets in developing its new EHR.

“More physicians in the US practice medicine in small practices than any other way, yet the demands of managing a small practice continue to grow. Small practice physicians need smarter and more mobile technology to help them care for their patients and optimize their businesses,” said Dan Rodrigues, founder and CEO of Kareo. “Our customers asked us to develop an electronic health record to complement our practice management and billing services solutions. With Kareo EHR, small practice physicians can now take advantage of an intuitive solution designed for how they deliver care and run their practices. Best of all, Kareo’s EHR is available for free and without ads or any long-term commitments.”

Kareo EHR was designed to support how small practice physicians deliver care and interact with their patients and can be used through native mobile applications or a web browser. With mobile use, physicians can restore the natural doctor-patient interaction that desktop-based EHRs have come to inhibit, while demonstrating savvy use of technology in delivering care. Kareo EHR offers a simple and intuitive interface physicians can use to quickly build notes via clinical knowledge base pick lists or with integrated voice recognition. Regardless of device or location, all care team participants have critical, up-to-date patient health information at their fingertips. Health information can be instantly exchanged electronically, including e-prescribing medications, ordering and viewing lab work, and sharing information with patients through the embedded patient portal. Kareo EHR streamlines workflows through its integration with Kareo Practice Management providing users single sign-on and instantly synchronized data, including appointments, billing codes, and all critical patient information. Kareo EHR is certified for use, as a complete EHR, by providers to demonstrate Meaningful Use and to qualify for up to $39,000 in 2013 incentives offered under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Kareo acquired core EHR technology originally developed by Epocrates and combined it with Kareo’s medical office software platform to build the new application. Included in the acquired technology, was a comprehensive clinical knowledge base that enables documentation and treatment orders for the top 100 primary care conditions and previously unreleased mobile device technology designed to deliver efficient note taking on tablets through intuitive swipe, tap, and touch actions. The overall development effort was led by Dr. Tom Giannulli, Kareo’s chief medical information officer, practicing physician, and original inventor of much of the acquired technology. The combination of Dr. Giannulli’s leadership, Epocrates technology, and Kareo’s software platform enabled the creation of a breakthrough EHR application for small practices.

“Adopting an electronic health record is especially challenging for small practices because most EHRs were not built with their needs in mind,” said Tom Giannulli MD, MS, chief medical information officer at Kareo. “Our cloud-based solution gives small practices the promised benefits of EHR technology and eliminates the challenges of implementing complex and expensive on-premise software. It was our goal to build Kareo EHR to support the physician’s need to deliver high-quality care while ensuring the utmost in practice efficiency.”

Kareo EHR is available free of charge, with no long-term commitments, no expensive implementation or ongoing support costs. Physicians simply sign up and get started. Kareo coaches are available to help physicians take full advantage of the features of Kareo EHR and free support is included for all users. Application upgrades are delivered automatically allowing physicians to instantly utilize new functionality and meet emerging industry demands, including supporting the requirements of each subsequent stage of Meaningful Use. Kareo EHR is advertising free and clinical data are owned and controlled by the practice. Kareo’s EHR is made available for free in an effort to build trust and earn physicians’ business in other practice areas. Should they decide to upgrade, physicians using Kareo EHR have the ability to purchase and instantly integrate Kareo’s full software and services suite at any time.

Kareo has built a market leading position in delivering intuitive, integrated, affordable technology and services to support the business needs of small medical practices. The launch of the best-of-breed, no cost Kareo EHR immediately delivers these same benefits to physicians on the clinical side of their practice. Small medical practices now can rely on a single trusted partner to deliver all of the cloud-based technology needed to manage essential clinical and business components, enabling optimized practice efficiency and an increased focus on patients not paperwork. Kareo EHR is available now at www.kareo.com.

About Kareo

Kareo is the only cloud-based medical office software and services platform dedicated to small practices. At Kareo, we believe that, with the right tools and support, small practices can do big things. We offer an integrated suite of products and services designed to help small practice physicians get paid faster, run their business smarter, and provide better care. Our Practice Management software, Billing Services, and free, full-featured EHR help more than 17,000 medical providers more efficiently manage the business and clinical sides of their practice. Based in Irvine, California, Kareo’s mission is to help providers spend their time focused on patients, not paperwork. For more information, visit www.kareo.com.

Kareo EHR (formerly Caretools EHR) is a Complete EHR and is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by and ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

February 20, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.