With hundreds of electronic medical record (EMR) choices currently on the market, physicians may find it a challenge to select suitable EMR software for their practice. Therefore, it is important to start your search with certain criteria in mind and with a list of software features to be aware of, in order to find appropriate pediatric EMR for your practice.
To find the right EMR for your pediatric practice, you should look for software that is designed specifically for pediatricians or a similar specialty. This type of system will benefit your practice because pediatric EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of treating young patients in a primary care setting. As a pediatrician, you need to be a jack of all trades, often drawing from multiple specialties as you foster long-term relationships with your patients. You rely on tests performed by other specialists or technicians, so pediatric EMR software should ideally be able to receive and analyze the large amounts of data that may be generated for each patient, even if from different diagnostic equipment or software.
Pediatricians often refer patients to specialists, so more and more pediatric EMRs have automated referral systems making the process more efficient and easier to track. Your EMR should also be customized to deal with the large volume, quick turnover, last-minute-appointment nature of a pediatric practice. Often your patients will suffer from multiple, disparate conditions, so pediatric EMR software should be capable of charting multiple conditions at the same time. Other factors to be aware of include the need to protect highly-sensitive child information, and provide reports to schools and other institutions;and the ability to track immunization records, and send patient reminders and other correspondence automatically.