With hundreds of electronic medical record (EMR) choices on the market, dermatologists may find it a challenge to select the appropriate software for their practice. This article will help make this process easier by providing you with the facts of what to look for in a potential dermatology EMR systems for your practice.
First, to find the right EMR for your dermatology practice you should look for software that is designed specifically for dermatologists or a similar specialty. Dermatology EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of treating skin conditions. Since dermatology involves many lab tests, your EMR should able to receive and analyze any data that may be generated for each patient.
Dermatologists often rely on images captured by peers or other specialists, so your EMR should be compatible with a wide variety of image types from different imaging equipment and digital cameras, and software. Because dermatology is so focused on visual examination, graphical integration is an important feature to look for in an EMR solution. More and more dermatologists are using handheld tablets to draw patient diagrams and some dermatology EMR software allow the physician to create these illustrations/images directly within the patient’s electronic record. Some dermatology EMR even have alert systems capable of providing notifications when abnormalities such as growth in a mole are detected.