With hundreds of electronic medical record (EMR) software choices available, physicians may find it a challenge to select the appropriate software for their practice.It is important to know what criteria to use and what features the software should have when searching for an EMR system for your ophthalmology practice.
To find the right EMR for your ophthalmology practice, you should look for software that is designed specifically for ophthalmologists or a similar specialty. Ophthalmology EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of treating conditions of the eye. Ophthalmologists rely heavily on a wide range of ophthalmic instruments to examine and detect abnormalities of the eyes so your software choice should be able to integrate with digital cameras, visual field machines, automated refractors, keratometers, and other devices.
Ophthalmology also involves detailed reporting of what is observed from or in images of the eye. As such, Ophthalmology EMR software should facilitate note-taking either through handwriting recognition or touch screen keyboards on tablet computers, or transcription of verbal notes using integrated voice recognition software. It can also be compatible with light-pen mice and drawing pads to facilitate graphical data entry. Additionally, one unique aspect of practicing this specialty is that ophthalmology practices are often retailers of eyeglasses and contact lenses. Most ophthalmology EMR software have point of sale (POS) systems integrated into the software to help with this.