Steve Jobs and his impact on Electronic Healthcare

This week, the world lost one of the most innovative people of our time. Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, passed away leaving behind quite the legacy. I feel obligated to honor Steve Jobs this week and reflect on how he affected technology in health care.

It is amazing to reflect upon the history of Apple computers. It seems not too long ago, I was learning how to use a Macintosh computer playing Number Crunchers and Oregon Trail in Elementary school. Back then, the idea of a computer with a mouse was relatively new technology! Twenty years later, Jobs’ vision has evolved technology well beyond that grey box, keyboard, and mouse.

Take this timeline for example:

  • May 1984 – Macintosh was released using a graphical user interface controlled by a mouse (courtesy of Xerox technology)
  • April 2010 – Apple releases the first iPhone, optimizing a user interface that would pave the way to the iPad and an extensive library of applications that remains the most popular OS to developers today.

What an advancement in technology in twenty six years! So while the only Apple product I own is an iPod, I remain deeply amazed at the technology Apple offers and how much its technology touches our lives. Apple products remains as probably the most popular choice for mobile computing in the United States.

Business Insider published an article in July 2010 titled “10 Ways The iPad is Changing Healthcare”.  While it’s a quick click through the list, you certainly get a feel for the opportunities the iPad has presented to healthcare. Examples included “Going Green”, cost savings, and information consolidation. All this was made possible with the vision of Steve Jobs.

Did you know?:

According to Wikipedia on Steve Jobs:  “Jobs is listed as either primary inventor or co-inventor in 338 US patents or patent applications related to a range of technologies from actual computer and portable devices to user interfaces (including touch-based), speakers, keyboards, power adapters, staircases, clasps, sleeves, lanyards and packages.”

Being in the Electronic Healthcare Record industry, I want to share a couple examples that resulted from Jobs’ technology.

Thank you to the iOS software and the work by developers at AllscriptsTM, there are two applications that AllscriptsTM offers that can be utilized using an iPad or iPhone.


This application allows providers to use their iPhone/iTouch to view patients from their Practice Management System.


  • Summary page that identifies and presented problems, allergies, unprocessed medications, and any active medications
  • Allows providers to write prescriptions using an excellent, user-friendly design
  • Displays formulary indicators and DUR
  • Can submit Rx’s direct to Pharmacy, Send to Mail order, and send to a printer

For more information on AllscriptsTM ePrescribe, visit their webpage to learn more.

Remote EHR:

This is another excellent application that is utilized by healthcare facilities using the iOS software that allows providers to remotely control their AllscriptsTM Electronic Health record from any location.


  • Provides real-time access to patient summary information
  • Includes ePrescribing to the patient’s pharmacy
  • Integration with Charge capturing and attaching diagnosis codes to scripts
  • Compatible with AllscriptsTM Enterprise EHR v11 (among other Allscripts products!)

For more information on AllscriptsTM, visit their webpage to learn more. Additionally, Galen Healthcare Solutions offers a Wiki page with more information regarding Remote EHR.

So, thank you Steve Jobs for making such applications possible. Remote EHR and ePrescribe are two examples of the results of Jobs’ achievements and have allowed for better patient care.

Share your thoughts! Give us your feedback on how you’ve used this technology in healthcare and how you see its benefits or contributions.

As always, do not hesitate to contact Galen Healthcare Solutions for more information.  Galen is a Preferred Platinum Partner of AllscriptsTM .

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