With hundreds of electronic medical record (EMR) choices on the market, family physicians may find it a challenge to select the appropriate software for their practice. By understanding and using certain criteria to evaluate potential EMR systems for your family practice, you can more easily find a suitable EMR software.
First, you need to find the right EMR for your family practice by starting your search with a group of software that is designed specifically for family practice physicians or a similar specialty. Family practice EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of primary care. As a family practice physician, you need to be a jack of all trades, often drawing from multiple specialties as you foster long-term relationships with your patients. Your practice may offer x-rays, EKGs, or other diagnostics, in addition to physical exams. As such, your EMR should be capable of seamlessly capturing any data related to any procedure performed in the office, using several computers in different exam rooms.
Often your patients will suffer from multiple, disparate conditions, so family practice EMR software should be able to chart multiple conditions at the same time. Family practice doctors often rely on tests performed by other specialists or technicians, so family practice EMR software should ideally be able to receive and analyze the large amounts of data that may be generated for each patient, even if from different software. Similarly, family doctors often refer patients to specialists. More and more family practice EMR software have automated referral systems making the process more efficient and easier to track. Other factors to be aware of include the abilities to prescribe electronically, and send patient reminders and other correspondence automatically.