As is its custom, Epic Systems this month quietly released a long-awaited iPhone app for secure, mobile access to electronic medical records. Called Haiku, the app is a free download on iTunes for registered users of Epic's Summer 2009 EMR release, but users also must work for an organization that licenses Haiku.
Epic, a privately held company that shuns the spotlight and doesn't issue press releases, released the app Jan. 8, but news of Haiku's availability didn't break until a couple of weeks ago. It was reported several months ago that Epic was testing an iPhone app at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, but neither Epic nor Apple–another company known for its secrecy–would comment.
Epic is just the second major EMR vendor known to have produced an iPhone app, after Allscripts-Misys Healthcare solutions, though there are more than 1,800 health and medical pieces of software at the Apple App Store. The majority of apps are consumer-oriented, including many standalone personal health records.
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