In the past, we have experimented with using iPads for providers when seeing patients and in the lab area to track patients. Ankhos is a ‘web’ app, meaning it can be loaded with any browser but some work better than others. We have optimized for Google Chrome so we are prioritizing a browser that uses the Webkit rendering engine, which the iPad’s Safari does.
As many other EMR companies have found, the iPad turned out to be great for viewing data and performing simple tasks. However, the iPad is inadequate for typing MD notes, making inpatient orders or really typing of any kind.
We only have one in the office (for now) and we are testing it in the ‘chemo hood’. The chemo hood is an protected, ventilated workspace for mixing toxic chemotherapy drugs.
It’s a pain to get in and out of the hood to check doses and document who mixed the chemo and when. By putting a tablet inside the hood (which stays there), we can let the mixer do their documentation in Ankhos without leaving her workspace.
I can’t wait to get a few more and see how they fare with MD order entry and short notes.