With hundreds of electronic medical record (EMR) choices on the market, dentists may find it a challenge to select the appropriate Dental EHR software for their practice. This guide is meant to help you begin your process of searching for EMR systems for your dental practice by providing you with information on what to search for in an EMR software.
To find the right Dental EHR for your dental practice, you should look for software that is designed specifically for dentists or a similar specialty. Dental EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of treating patients’ teeth. Dentistry involves many lab and imaging tests, so your EMR should be able to receive and analyze the large amounts of data that may be generated for each patient. Specifically, integration with panelipse and other x-ray imaging equipment will help improve workflow through automatic uploading of images directly to a patient’s file.
Many dental procedures involve the use of anesthesia. Because of this, dental EMR software may have similar features to anesthesia-specific software. Slight differences in such factors as body weight, drug interactivity, and age influence what type and how anesthesia is administered so your EMR must be able to capture all this type of data. Some EMR software choices may also have a robust alert system capable of notifying you of any potential adverse drug reactions or allergies prior to the delivery of anesthesia or the prescribing of medications. Additionally, dental practices typically send out a number of correspondence (patient reminders, insurance updates, follow-up treatments, etc.) to patients throughout the year, so you should look for EMR software capable of automating this.