Epocrates sets out to ease integration with prominent HIS partners

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Epocrates announced this week that its mobile and web-based clinical applications can now be linked to products developed by healthcare information system (HIS) partners. The Epocrates Linx Partner Program enables developers of mobile and desktop health information solutions – such as EMRs and ePrescribing tools – to integrate their systems and data with Epocrates solutions, according to the company. Epocrates currently partners with multiple healthcare IT developers of hospital-based, ambulatory care and multi-environment solutions, such as Allscripts, DrFirst, InstantDx, MercuryMD, PatientKeeper and SOAPware. These partnerships increase interoperability among technologies and offer clinicians one convenient location for patient and clinical information via mobile devices or internet connection, the company said. Epocrates Linx allows HIS vendors to download the Epocrates application program interface (API) to create a customized user interface within their system. Vendors have the ability to embed hyperlinks within their HIS that will lead users directly to the relevant information in Epocrates' reference applications, increasing efficiency and convenience for clinicians. This integration allows clinicians to move from one application to another, enabling them to review a patient record and then immediately access Epocrates' clinical information, including dosing, drug interactions, pricing, health plan coverage and more.