Choosing anesthesiology EHR software may be challenging because there are many choices available and many factors to consider. However, this guide can help you understand what to look for in an ideal EMR software for your practice, which will make the process easier.
First, to find the right anesthesiology EMR for your anesthesiology practice, you should look for software that is designed specifically for anesthesiologists or a similar specialty. Anesthesiology EMR software is designed for the unique characteristics of administering anesthesia in a variety of settings and situations. Anesthesiology is a very precise specialty where minute differences in factors such as body weight, drug interactivity, cardiac output, age, metabolism, ventilation, and timing, can influence what type and how anesthesia is administered. Ideal anesthesiology EMR software must be able to capture all this type of data.
Secondly, anesthesiologists rely heavily on medical devices to help monitor and detect abnormalities in blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen levels, etc. so your EMR software choice should also be able to integrate with blood pressure monitors, ECG, Spirometers, and other devices.
Thirdly, anesthesiologists must interact with a team of nurses and other physicians (in addition to the patient), so anesthesiology EMR systems need to be able to seamlessly export and import data from other specialty-specific EMR software. Additionally, since a critical part of your specialty involves drug interactions, you should make sure that your anesthesiology EHR has a robust alert system capable of notifying you of any potential adverse drug reactions or allergies prior to any anesthesia delivery.