Searching for suitable electronic medical record (EMR) software for your medical practice is difficult because of the vast number of EMR software and the complexity of the software features. Knowing what to search for in a potential EMR for your nephrology practice can greatly simplify the process.
In order to maximize your chances of finding the right EMR for your nephrology practice, you should look for software that is designed specifically for nephrologists or a similar specialty. Nephrology EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of treating conditions of the kidney. Nephrologists rely heavily on ultrasounds, CT scans, MRIs, and scintigraphy images to help monitor and detect abnormalities of the kidney so your software choice should be able to integrate with a variety of devices and software. Since nephrology involves many lab and imaging tests, your EMR must be able to receive and analyze the large amounts of data that may be generated for each patient.
The workflow within a nephrology 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. Kidney dialysis is such a major therapy within nephrology, so your EMR should be able to interface with whatever dialysis machines your practice uses. Additionally, many of your patients may be suffering from time-sensitive or life-threatening conditions, so you should make sure that your nephrology EMR has a robust alert system capable of providing the appropriate emergency notifications.