With hundreds of electronic medical record (EMR) software options available, doctors may find it a challenge to select the appropriate software for their practice.To find the right psychiatry EMR system for your practice, you should first familiarize yourself with the criteria to use and what features to look for in an EMR system.
To find the right EMR for your psychiatry practice, you should look for software that is designed specifically for psychiatrists or a similar specialty. This will be the most useful type of software for your practice because psychiatry EMR software is customized to deal with the unique characteristics of treating behavioral health and mental issues.
An important treatment within psychiatry is prescription medication, so the capability to ePrescribe (prescribe electronically) should be a prerequisite of any EMR you evaluate. ePrescription greatly simplifies the prescription process and allows robust medication tracking. More importantly, when integrated with the right EMR, it should be able to provide an alert system that can notify you of any drug interactions or contraindications.
Psychiatry also involves a copious amount of patient observation and note-taking. As such, Psychiatry EMR software is designed to facilitate note-taking either through handwriting recognition or touch screen keyboards on tablet computers, or transcription of verbal notes using integrated voice recognition software.