With the vast number of electronic medical record (EMR) choices available, doctors may find it a challenge to select the appropriate software that fits the needs of their practice. Knowing what criteria to use when deciding on suitable EMR software can help you find the best choice for your long-term care practice.
Finding a suitable EMR software starts by only researching software that is designed specifically for long-term or post-acute care. This is important because long-term care EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of hospices, skilled nursing, rehabilitation centers and other long-term care and post-acute care facilities.
In a post-acute care setting, you frequently have to draw from multiple specialties as you care for patients suffering from a wide variety of ailments. Likewise, long-term care 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. Many patients in a long-term care facility may have time-sensitive or potentially life-threatening conditions, so you should make sure that your EMR has a robust alert system capable of providing the appropriate emergency notifications. Additionally, one critical feature that any long-term care EMR should have is the capability of supporting Minimum Data Sets (MDS) and facilitating all reporting pertaining to this regulatory documentation.