It is challenging for physicians to find suitable electronic medical record (EMR) software for their practice due to the complexity and large number of software available. To start your search for oncology EMR, it is important to understand what criteria to use and what features to look for in a potential EMR system.
To find the right EMR for your oncology practice, you should look for software that is designed specifically for oncologists or a similar specialty. Oncology EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of diagnosing and treating cancer. Oncologists use a wider variety of imaging tests when dealing with patients – CT scans, PET scans, mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs, and other scans. As such, your EMR should be compatible with a wide variety of image types from different imaging equipment and software, and be able to receive and analyze the large amounts of data that may be generated for each of your patients. Similarly, any EMR software you evaluate should be able to interface with labs for blood or other work-ups.
Many oncology EMRs have a clinical decision support component integrated into the software, which can help map, identify the state of, and recommend optimal treatment for the cancer. Another important part of oncology involves the administration of chemotherapy. Oncology EMRs are able to facilitate this by automating many aspects of chemotherapy including the dosing and ordering of drugs, as well as scheduling and documenting when the drugs are administered. Additionally, dealing with cancer can be a very difficult process for a patient and his or her family, so oncologists often provide informational materials that help provide education and support. Any good oncology EMR will help oncologists document this information electronically.