It is challenging for physicians to find suitable electronic medical record (EMR) systems for their practice because of the vast number of EMR vendors and the complexity of the software. To make the search for orthopedic EMR software easier, you should familiarize yourself with the following information.
Start by limiting potential EMR software choices by only considering software that is designed specifically for orthopedists or a similar specialty. This type of software will benefit your practice because orthopedic EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of treating musculoskeletal ailments.
Orthopedists rely heavily on imaging tests performed by other specialists, so your EMR should be compatible with a wide variety of image types (MRIs, x-rays, and other diagnostic images) from different picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), and capable of receiving and analyzing the large amounts of data that may be generated for each of your patients. Many orthopedic EMR can be integrated with electromyographic and arthroscopic equipment as well.
Orthopedic procedures are typically followed by physical or occupational therapy for the patient, consisting of exercises and therapeutic regimens that need to be tracked. Orthopedic EMRs should be able to charts the patient’s progress over time. Additionally, orthopedic patients often have to deal with workers compensation claims or accident attorneys, so a good orthopedic EMR software will facilitate the process by enabling the storing and printing of reports, invoices, photos, etc., in a legal-friendly format.