MDeverywhere(TM), the mobile computing platform providing healthcare solutions at the point-of-care, today announced a partnership with MedQuist, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEDQ), the nation's leading provider of medical transcription services to the healthcare industry.
The deal enables the seamless integration of MDeverywhere's lead encounter capture application, EveryCharge(SM), and MedQuist's dictation services. The pioneering partnership is the first of its kind to provide both dictation and encounter capture services on a single handheld device.
Prior to the alliance, MDeverywhere's EveryCharge service enabled physicians to capture diagnoses, procedures and other patient data at the point-of-care. The partnership builds additional functionality by allowing physicians to bundle patient encounter information with a voice dictation file.
"This partnership will, for the first time, allow physicians to automate two of their most important activities in the palm of their hand at the point-of-care," says MDeverywhere Chief Operating Officer, Ben Feldman. "Instead of carrying a dictation device with a single function, doctors have access to a tool that enables them to capture both the patient encounter data and the dictation file, which is essential for third party and regulatory compliance."
With EveryCharge, the physician synchs the device at the beginning of the day to download his or her schedule and patient information from previous visits. During and after each patient visit, the doctor enters diagnoses, treatments and other billing information directly into the handheld device as well as dictated notes. At the end of the day, the doctor synchs the device once again to deliver the encounter capture information and dictated note to the practice management system.
The MDeverywhere platform is currently being expanded to include order writing, prescription writing, sample tracking as well as other value-added services.
"PDA-based technology provides a tremendous opportunity for physicians to improve productivity," says David Cohen, chairman and CEO of MedQuist. "Physicians historically have been unwilling to embrace technology that requires them to change their work habits. Doctors are accustomed to dictating into handheld devices, so we expect this should increase the acceptance rate. The combination of our dictation and transcription services with EveryCharge is a natural fit."
The companies, both leaders in their fields, have also agreed to cross market each other's services into their existing customer base.
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