Developing a Mobile Health Application to Assist With Clinic Flow, Documentation, Billing, and Research in a Specialty Clinic

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In specialty clinics, a staff physician is often required to direct patient flow through the clinic and performs all documentation for coding/billing. In response to the workload created by increased patient volume, many specialty clinics have implemented protocols for both disease treatment and coordination of clinic flow. In this article, we review the literature on using mobile technology to assist with patient care, clinic flow, disease treatment, and documentation/billing. We also describe the development and implementation of a mobile application in our pulmonary clinic designed to automate patient flow, assist the physician in documentation/billing, and gather research data including review of initial user data and lessons learned.

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