- Vincari announced the latest update to its Electronic Physician Assistant application, allowing users to capture images using their personal devices in a HIPAA compliant fashion.
The images taken with the app are attached to physician documentation and EHRs to give more context to a patient’s visit.
Images used in patient interaction give more context to the visit than the traditional who, what, where, when, and why text documentation. Mobile Image Capture supplements traditional text documentation to provide a visual account of each patient’s unique visit.
The images can be used in the future to support clinician decisions and treatment plans for patients by providing extra information and potentially provide clinicians with better comparison data between patients and conditions.
"The ability to easily add pictures to the words that are commonly used to describe medical conditions will prove invaluable as we transition to a world of comparisons,” Vincari Chief Medical Officer and Practicing General Surgeon Dr. Lucian Newman, III said in a statement. “This process will add protection to those who challenge the work that we do in hospitals and clinics. Being able to add pictures easily to documents can change the way proof of our work is recorded."
Vincari can be used in bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environments because the images are never stored on the endpoint device. All data and images are validated, encrypted, and securely stored in a HIPAA compliant AWS cloud environment.
In addition to the new Mobile Image Capture feature, Vincari’s web-based and mobile platform provides a charge capture report with CPT and ICD-10 codes. This is automatically generated when physicians complete their report, along with a predictive user experience that learns a physician’s practice behaviors to offer a personalized user experience to save time.
The tool also includes an anticipation engine that calculates when additional information of specificity is required during a patient interaction.
Mobile electronic data capture systems are becoming more popular as healthcare organizations embrace mobile workflows. Mobile devices and smartphones have the potential to change the way patients are treated and the way patients interact with clinicians.
The major fear of all healthcare organizations implementing mobile strategies, especially BYOD strategies, is HIPAA compliance. Organizations need tools that cut down on documentation time, allow them to collect more valuable data, and that are HIPAA compliant.
A Substitutable Medical Applications, Reusable Technology (SMART) Health IT study conducted earlier this year stated that healthcare organizations are most concerned with the ongoing maintenance and privacy and security capabilities when deploying third-party healthcare apps.
When healthcare organizations deploy third party apps into their health IT infrastructure they give up a level of control over the information produced by and shared by that app. Many third-party healthcare apps are software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, which are managed and maintained primarily by the third-party vendor.
Organizations need to trust their vendor and conduct audits to ensure that they know where the data is going, how it’s being stored, and how it’s HIPAA compliant.
“For years, healthcare providers have been adopting increasingly integrated healthcare IT (HIT) suites from a single vendor, but healthcare apps buck this trend, with many organizations looking to third-party vendors to supply niche solutions to improve organizational efficiency and patient care,” the SMART Health IT report authors explained. “The recent passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, which states that a year from now open APIs will be necessary for EHR system certification, is expected to drive further growth in the app ecosystem.”
As the adoption of third-party healthcare apps continues, vendors will continue to add new features to increase the amount and value of the data collected. As these new tools are introduced, healthcare organizations need to ensure that all features are HIPAA compliant.