A Fort Lauderdale company is growing rapidly as it finds new ways to help health care providers share electronic medical records.
IDS, or Integrated Document Solutions, plans to hire 25 to 50 people in the next two years to support its cloud-based services, CEO Yaniv Dagan said.
As health care providers comply with a federal mandate to keep medical records electronically, they’re finding it tough to transfer those records to a patient’s other care providers.
In a report released last week, the Obama administration gathered many complaints about record transfers. Only 20 to 30 percent of providers who use electronic records can share those with outside hospitals or other care facilities, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“One would think that in health care, those information systems have been adopted and applied and implemented,” Dagan said. “Unfortunately, that’s not the case.”
The 12-year-old company’s AbbaDox system helps translate electronic medical records created on one platform to another, helping doctors communicate with each other.
For instance, a radiologist can use AbbaDox to immediately transfer an X-ray to the patient’s orthopedic specialist.
The firm also provides other services, such as automatically uploading information from faxes into electronic health records, or creating a patient portal for people to view their charts.
“We provide a massive arsenal of applications that solve many problems in a clinic,” Dagan said.
IDS serves hundreds of health care providers in 27 states, he said, from cardiologists to physical therapists.
The 50-person team, about two-thirds of whom work in South Florida, has been attracting national attention, Dagan said. Local clients include the Center for Diagnostic Imaging and Leon Medical Centers, both in Miami, and Sunrise-based Sheridan Healthcare.
As IDS grows, it’s planning to add telemedicine to its platform. AbbaDox will enable doctors to conduct a recorded follow-up call with a patient at home via voice chat or video.
For now, the company is focused on helping the nation’s health care providers overcome the challenges of switching to electronic medical records.
“It’s a big, big problem out there,” Dagan said.