Google Care Studio has a new mobile version of its Physician search tool that helps organize patients’ medical records. The company offers this new modality as a way for clinicians to review a patient or access patient information on the go.
“I’m very happy because one of the major challenges we see in healthcare for providers is changing context. There is so much information that you need to understand right now and make decisions in a split second. Clinicians need to do this all day long, ”said Paul Muret, VP of Care Studio MobiHealthNews. “It can get completely overwhelming for them. So it is extremely important to provide this additional summary and searchable information so that you can ask a question at any time. “
Care Studio was previously featured on the desktop, but Google is offering the mobile version so doctors can use the tool on the go.
“The mobile app is really designed to solve these kind of context switching problems, so if the doctor is literally walking down the hall and he’s talking to one of his nurses about a particular patient in the lab, for example, and you just come back and ask yourself “Oh, have you ever had that other drug?” Muret said.
Google is currently in an acceptance test with Ascension and Beth Israel. The company plans to test the tool with Ascension in the fourth quarter.
“With our Care Studio mobile app, we have created a unified view of patient information that is easy to navigate directly from your smartphone,” said Dr. Peter Clardy, Senior Clinical Specialist at Google Health, in an informational video. “After you have registered, it is very easy to find your patients. The app brings together information from various EHRs in your health system. “
Clinicians can use the system to access a patient summary as well as a “one-liner” from a previous note and a link back to the source. Providers can also quickly check a patient’s location, allergies, and medications. The tool is designed to present vital signs and labs, with the most recent being shown above.
Regarding privacy, Care Studio says that its services are provided “as part of” commercial agreements. We do not have any patient data, and our contracts and applicable law allow us to use the data only to provide services to our customers or for purposes that are permitted or required by the business partner contract. “
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
A study from the The Mayo Clinic found that the ease of use of the EHR is linked to the clinician’s burnout. The company suggests this to help doctors access medical information more easily, on the go.
This is also another step for Google in the healthcare space. Muret noted that the company operates in the consumer, corporate and public health sectors.
“Google Health is truly a company-wide effort with a vision of truly empowering billions of people, and its efforts span different areas of the company,” said Muret.
THE BIGGER TREND
In February, Google announced the creation of Care Studio. The technology began its pilot project with Ascension and then expanded to work with a group of clinicians in Nashville, Tennessee and Jacksonville, Florida.
But Google’s efforts in this area have not always gone smoothly. This became known in 2019Google had been working with Ascension on a “secret” Nightingale project involving patient data since 2018. This collaboration raised privacy concerns among patients, clinicians, and lawmakers.