It is challenging for physicians to choose a suitable electronic medical record (EMR) software for their practice because of the complexity and number of available EMR software. It is helpful to first become familiar with important criteria to evaluate when searching for optometry EMR systems.
To find the right optometry EMR for your practice, you should start your search for software that is designed specifically for optometrists or a similar specialty. Optometry EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of treating conditions of the eye. Optometry involves detailed reporting of what is observed from or in images of the eye. As such, Optometry 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. To facilitate graphical data entry, some EMR software is compatible with light-pen mice and drawing pads.
Optometrists also rely heavily on a wide range of diagnostic 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. Additionally, one unique aspect of practicing this specialty is that optometry practices are often retailers of eyeglasses and contact lenses. Most optometry EMR software have point of sale (POS) systems integrated into the software to help with this.