CIS Goes Mobile
Thanks to recent optimisation work on the program, Kestral’s Clinical Integration System (CIS) product is now compatible with the Safari web browser.
Kestral’s unique CIS software allows the quick retrieval of medical information from many existing local and remote sources via a user-friendly browser interface. CIS interfaces securely with various data sources such as Radiology, Pathology, PMIs and other HL7 interfaces.
This new Safari compatibility means users can access and utilise programs such as PLS and RMS from iOS devices which carry the browser - including iPhone and iPad.
Take up of Apple’s iPad device has been exponential, with 3,000,000 units of the popular device sold within just 80 days of release*. A number of Health organisations in Australia and around the world have looked to the device to simplify and enhance the work they do.
For example, Aboriginal Medical Services in the Northern Territory has utilised the iPad as a kind of portable records file. Greg Henschke of AMSNT reported for crikey.com in July 2010 that,
"Medical records on the iPad are the same as the information available to other clinicians in KWHB health clinics throughout their region. The difference though is that by connecting to this database via the iPad, health workers have a reasonably unobtrusive information package equivalent to the old days of taking the patients paper files with them – but far more accessible and portable."
Similarly, what this all means for CIS users is the ability to perform day to day tasks on-the-go. Processes such as viewing patient reports, searching through the content of reports and checking prior reports in PLS and Karisma are all easily accessible in the palm of the user’s hand – anywhere at any time.
Other devices compatible with other web browsers are of course also capable of running CIS. The enhancements to the program simply add compatibility with the Safari browser which is the choice of iOS devices. Kestral is pleased to play a small part in the ongoing evolution of eHealth standards of mobility.