I’ve written about the potential market for IT in the primary care physician arena before (here and here, for example). There is a substantial need for solutions in this arena, and for those that can serve other physician specialties too.
That’s apparently part of the thinking behind New York City’s $19.8 million grant for physician systems that integrate clinical and billing/administrative functions. They’re starting with docs who treat Medicaid patients and the uninsured. That’s a good place to start.
Washington DC has decided to do something similar, starting with eight community health clinics and moving into local hospitals.
I haven’t looked at these particular apps, and I worry about ongoing R&D and support under this model – but I’ll keep watching. And I’m betting there are creative ways to enhance an app of this kind that these programs haven’t yet considered.