Due to the vast amount of electronic medical record (EMR) software on the market, doctors may find it challenging to find the appropriate software for their practice. Therefore, it is important to understand the criteria you should use when deciding on an EMR system for your home health practice.
In order to maximize your chances of finding the right EMR for your home health care agency, you should look for software that is designed specifically for home health or a similar specialty. Home health EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of treating patients in their homes. As a home health provider, you frequently have to draw from multiple specialties as you care for patients suffering from a wide variety of ailments in their homes. Likewise, home health EMR software draws its functionality from EMR systems made for other specialties. For example, like software systems for primary care practices, your EMR should be capable of charting multiple conditions at the same time. It should also be able to integrate with X-ray, EKGs, Holter monitors and other devices, as well as be capable of receiving and analyzing any lab data that may be generated for each patient.
Often, home health patients need help with physical therapy and other rehabilitation, which involves developing and tracking various exercises and therapeutic regimens for each patient. A home health care EMR should be able to track a patient’s progress from visit to visit and possibly interface with tablets or mobile devices. Additionally, one feature that any home health care EMR should have is the capability of supporting the Home Health Care Outcome & Assessment Information Set (OASIS) and facilitating all reporting pertaining to this regulatory documentation.