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Patient care doesn’t stop because it’s the weekend. Many providers share rounds and on-call activity for the 365 days that make a year. Visiting hospitals and practices on weekdays, I regularly wonder if their work ever slows down on the weekends, and if so by how much?

At pMD we have access to a lot of interesting data. Through the pMD charge capture app, providers record detailed descriptions of their encounters with patients. This data not only facilitates billing and reimbursements for a practice, but also serves as critical communication between providers. Looking at this data, we can get a rough measure of the volume of patients seen by our doctors and mid-levels throughout an average week.

Looking at visit counts for two full years (2012 & 2013) and across all of our specialties around the country, we get the chart below:


So it looks like work slows down in sheer volume, but still more than 20% of patient encounters occur on the weekend, and most likely among fewer covering providers.
Apple's new iOS 7, released in fall of 2013, presented a fantastic opportunity for us to draw upon the operating system's great new features. Our iOS 7 users are now able to enjoy an unprecedented product update, offering a fresh look and enhanced functionality.

We wanted to give you a glimpse into some of the exciting new features of this product update. pMD for iOS 7 includes both fresh design updates and added functionality, as well as more subtle but equally significant product enhancements. Here is a before and after of what’s changed, highlighting some of the elements we feel are integral to the product update:

New Look


The initial, most striking change from previous versions of pMD is the overall redesign of the application. The user interface has been transformed to reveal a cleaner, lighter look and feel to match Apple's new iOS 7 style. We wanted the software to be as beautiful as it is functional!
You may also notice that certain features on the Census, like the search bar and filter, have been relocated to create a more intuitive user experience when navigating the app. The icons along the bottom now read more like a legend and less like a “what does that symbol do?” guessing game.





Drafts


Another exciting feature in this update is in the Drafts. We have reorganized the way patient visits are presented in pMD for improved accessibility to current and past visit information. Doctors will now be able to refer to their Drafts to view a history of the patient visits they have created and can keep track of their visit activity in a chronological manner. What we used to dub the visit “bucket” is now more like an organized virtual visit file cabinet.

Appointments


The Appointments feature, where doctors can track and create visits for their outpatient appointments and scheduled procedures, now has a sophisticated new look and enhanced functionality for easier navigation. The new calendar bar at the top allows you to skip around to different dates so you can arrive at the desired appointment more quickly, reducing repetitive scrolling.





pMD for iOS 7 contains incredible new developments and enhancements, only some of which are presented here. iOS 7 is supported on the iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, and iPad 2 and iPad Mini, as well as more recent versions, so be sure to get the newest versions of the these devices to take advantage of this update.