We all know MacPractice as software for Mac that suit the requirements of doctors and dentists to do things like track patients’ appointments, keep and share health information, and do all the things a small-to-mid-sized health clinic needs to do.
At iWorld 2012, MacPractice’s CEO Mark Hollis talked about the company’s latest venture. This new venture is an iPad app called Clipboard. It has been designed to work directly with the MacPractice software to help doctors get and log their information remotely.
Hollis said that developing for the iPad had been an interesting task for his company. According to him, traditionally, most doctors want bigger screens on their desktop computers. The MacPractice software is full of information (about scheduling, patients, charts, and so on). Thus, the desktop software has been designed to show as much of that information as possible. Most desktops it is used on also have bigger screens, which means it is easy for any user of this software to view or find whatever they need, clearly and quickly.
The iPad, however, while more portable, is a relatively small screen. Hollis said that while many, doctors have asked for access to MacPractice through the iPad, the company would have to think carefully about how to provide the best experience. The Clipboard app is designed to take on the much-requested feature of allowing patients to enter and approve their information, so it was a tough one for Hollis and his company to get right.
Security and privacy protocols are another obstacle to implement iPad apps as quickly as doctors can use them. Patient and medical information is obviously very sensitive, and there are a whole host of guidelines and standards that in many cases, would be required by the law. MacPractice needs to follow to make sure its apps are certified and can be used by medical professionals, without violating any law related to privacy.
Finally, Hollis mentioned Parallels Mobile as another option. Parallels is a completely separate virtualization app from a completely separate company. However, the iPad version of the software, lets you control and interact with apps remotely running on a separate desktop computer. It allows doctors to really get into everything MacPractice can do for them, even when they are not at the desk.
The price of Clipboard app is $9.99. It is currently in beta, and will be available for MacPractice users soon. This app will not work without MacPractice software and the company is taking steps to ensure an iOS version of this app to be available.