Arkansas Heart Hospital and Arkansas Urology have partnered with Pingmd Inc. of New York to offer a health-care solutions app at their clinics across the state.
The app enables patients and physicians to securely communicate via text message.
"By eliminating some of our phone calls we have found our doctors are saving time during their day," said Kenny Kinley, CIO of Arkansas Heart Hospital. "Care coordination using messaging, voice, pictures and video consults, combined with the capability to integrate communications and consults to the EHR, will further improve team care coordination and productivity."
Tim Langford, who practices with Arkansas Urology and is chief of staff at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, said in a news release that he is excited about the Pingmd implementation and the positive impact on the future of his practice.
Arkansas Heart Hospital operates 30 clinics across the state and Arkansas Urology has five satellite locations in the state. The app has been in use at each organization's main facility in Little Rock for more than a year.
"By removing the clutter and inefficiency of multiple tools, complex logins and irrelevant data, Pingmd strengthens the communications between doctors and their networks by allowing doctors to instantly consult with each other on complex patient care for an immediate solution," said Pingmd CEO Gopal Chopra in the release.
A similar platform has been developed by Little Rock startup Phyzit, an Innovate Arkansas firm led by Stephen Canon, a pediatric urologist at Arkansas Children's Hospital. The Phyzit TCM app automates the organization and tracking of patients during the transitional care management period and includes secure video conferencing and instant messaging.