With the vast amount of electronic medical record (EMR) software choices on the market, doctors may find it difficult to select the appropriate software for their practice. To start your search for suitable EMR systems for your radiology practice, you should first familiarize yourself with the following criteria and software features that will be useful to your search.
To find the right EMR for your radiology practice, you should look for software that is designed specifically for radiologists or a similar specialty. This will benefit your practice because radiology EMR software is customized to deal with the characteristics of diagnosing a wide range of diseases using medical imaging techniques. Radiologists rely heavily on imaging tests to diagnose ailments in patients, so your EMR should be compatible with a wide variety of image types from different picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). Your radiology EMR software should integrate with x-ray, CT scan, MRI or other imaging equipment you have at your practice and be able to receive and analyze the large amounts of data that may be generated for each of your patients.
Radiology also involves detailed reporting of what is observed in images. As such, radiology 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. One additional feature you may want to consider is an automated referral system, which helps make the process more efficient and easier to track.