I posted a couple days ago about the eClinicalWorks Annual meeting where new features were to be announced this year.  You can use the link below to read the initial post.

 eClinicalWorks National Users Conference Begins – Doubled The Attendance From Last Year

This is the first announcement of it’s type that I have seen to allow peer to peer sharing with electronic medical records.  Now everyone thinks of imagepeer to peer as those music files we are not supposed to be sharing at work and in part that is true, but why not take the technology the next level up with appropriate security and make it beneficial.  Again, just reading the announcement here I can’t comment on any of the mechanics as to how exactly it will work, but it certainly stands to be a real asset to be able to share patient medical records under the correct and appropriate settings to ensure security and confidentiality. 

The big benefit here as mentioned is to not have to fax information between providers when a data transmission that is paperless can do the trick, so in theory you could be an EClinicalWorks user on one coast and communicate with a provider on the other coast for a simple example.  If you had a patient on vacation from one coast to the other, this would work and if the patient has their PHR available, it would be “information availability” for the patient as well.  As mentioned it is a standalone product that can be added to the current EHR system and available for use on an iPhone as well.  Other additional enhancements to the system are listed below and it states availability sometime during the 4th Quarter of this year.  BD

Enhancements to other eClinicalWorks solutions include:

* Enterprise Business Optimizer (eBO) 2.0 - eBO has been accelerated to include integration of the eClinicalWorks Registry with eBO reports, enhanced clinical metadata and reports, enhanced financial metadata data and reports, and added security integration with eClinicalWorks EMR/PM Reports exchange via eCWShare (http://ecwshare.eclinicalworks.com).

* eClinicalWorks Electronic Health eXchange (eEHX) 3.0 - Some enhancements include split screen patient lookup, threshold settings for patient matching, patient reconciliation, community-wide measure reporting and population health alerts.

* eClinicalMessenger 2.0 - eClinicalWorks is piloting 2.0 which includes a further refined back end infrastructure, new Web-based screens for easier navigation, additional administrative options, SMS text messaging and integration with eClinicalWorks Registry.

* eClinicalMobile 2.0 - eClinicalWorks is piloting 2.0, which offers streamlined navigation on the iPhone, enhanced charge entry, lab ordering, enhanced administrative and favorite settings, creating appointments and faxing of progress notes. Availability eClinicalWorks P2P will be available in Q4 2009. It is included free as a module in eEHX 3.0 for community deployments. The solution is also available as a standalone product and will be offered free to clients until the end of 2010.

eClinicalWorks P2P will be available in Q4 2009. It is included free as a module in eEHX 3.0 for community deployments. The solution is also available as a standalone product and will be offered free to clients until the end of 2010.

eClinicalWorks Announces eClinicalWorks P2P | Reuters

Related Reading:

Electronic Medical Records – Many Choices and Integration/Aggregation Need to Be at the Top of the List
HealthVault Connects with eClinicalWorks EHR, NextGen EHR/EMR Systems and more…Shop Wal-Mart (Sam’s Club) in the Spring
eClinicalWorks Users Annual Meeting – Integration and the Future of EHRS and PHRs

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Using an Internal Cloud for Virtualized Electronic Health Records for Private Physician Groups


  1. I agree completely. Peer-Peer is 2nd step in what I refer to as HCaaS, or Cloud Care(software as a service + cloud computing).

    If we assume that 30% of doctor consultations require little or no patient history, what would be the problem if a patient visited a random doctor for care, as long as the record made it into a central database?

    Any doctor using CloudCare would access the system for a patient, read the HX, take action, input a record into the system

    Patient looks for doctor, load balancing front-end reviews CloudCare queues (either virtual) or within a distance, and assigns the patient to the shortest queue.

    Node failure shifts load to other queues

    Cloud Care Health
    “The help you need, when you need it”

    the pieces are falling into place:
    1. ZocDoc load balancing, optimizer
    2. EMR
    3. Peer-to-Peer
    4. centralized DB

    thats great, but just like OpenTable, what is not being addressed is Demand overwhelming supply. the real strategic missing link is the redirection of consultations away from brick-mortar in a viable, scalable manner. sorry, emailed questionairres and webcams are not the answer


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