With the vast number electronic medical record (EMR) choices available, physicians may find it a challenge to select the appropriate software for their practice. When beginning your search, it is important to understand the criteria you should use to find a suitable EMR software for your gastroenterology practice.
First, to start searching for the ideal EMR system for your gastroenterology practice, you should look for software that is designed specifically for gastroenterologists or a similar specialty. Gastroenterology EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of treating digestive system-related conditions. Gastroenterologists rely heavily on ultrasounds, and colonoscopy / endoscopy to help monitor and detect abnormalities of the digestive system so your software choice should be able to integrate with ultrasound and endoscopic devices and software.
Since gastroenterology involves many lab and imaging tests, your EMR should able to receive and analyze the large amounts of data that may be generated for each patient. Additionally, many of your patients may be suffering from time-sensitive or life-threatening conditions, so you should make sure that your gastroenterology EMR has a robust alert system capable of providing the appropriate emergency notifications. The workflow within a gastroenterology practice varies depending on whether the approach to treating the patient is symptom-based or condition-based. The appropriate EMR will take this into account.