Physicians may find it challenging to find appropriate electronic medical record (EMR) software for their various practices because of the large amount and complexity of the software available. Understanding the criteria to use when searching for software, and knowing the different features of these software, can help streamline the process in finding suitable EMR software for your mental health practice.
Start the search for suitable EMR software by focusing on software that is designed specifically for mental health providers or a similar specialty. Mental health EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of treating behavioral health / mental issues. Mental health involves a copious amount of patient observation and note-taking. As such, mental health EMR software is designed to facilitate note-taking either through handwriting recognition or touch screen keyboards on tablet computers, or transcription of verbal notes using integrated voice recognition software.
If you are a specialist, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, who relies heavily on prescription medication for treating patients, the capability to ePrescribing (prescribe electronically) should be a prerequisite of any EMR you evaluate. ePrescribing greatly simplifies the prescription process and allows robust medication tracking. More importantly, when integrated with the right EMR, it can provide an alert system that can notify the mental health provider of any drug interactions, contraindications, or any allergy listed on their medical records.