Major EHR puts a $25 million bet on mHealth

EHRs, a/k/a the Rodney Dangerfield of eHealth, may be hedging their bets by placing their chips on mHealth. eClinicalWorks, one of the estimated 600+ EHRs in the US market, but one of the few with any real market share due to its preference by many state regional extension centers (RECs), announced yesterday that they are developing a from-scratch 100-person division called ‘healow’ (Health & Online Wellness) to develop systems that drive online consumer engagement–according to the article, “to make appointments, check test results, or ask their doctor a question on the go”. CEO Girish Navani claims that they have already been approached by telehealth providers to platform their data into practices. Of course, practices will be able to easily incorporate all this into workflow, and there are no existing systems out there that already do this. Warning: the CEO has pronounced that they are “creating an ecosystem around patient engagement.” Westborough-based eClinicalWorks commits $25M to launch mobile health business (Boston Business Journal)

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