Why a Cardiology electronic medical record system may be most appropriate for your office.

An EHR / EMR that has been designed specifically for Cardiologists will have a variety of Cardiology specific content as well as Cardiology specific workflow capabilities included within the product. A Cardiology specific EMR / EHR, if not already adapted to your own workflow and method of practicing Cardiology, will be more easily modifiable for your practice.

For instance, if you are performing in office stress testing, and need to have your patients move from examining room to testing room, you’ll want your EMR to allow for this.

Similarly, Cardiology offices frequently receive laboratory results which are of a life-threatening nature. The ability to provide clear visual and auditory signals with the EMR that a lab result of this nature has been received is critical for Cardiologists, more so than for most other specialties. Therefore an EMR that is appropriate for your office is likely to have a sophisticated alert system.

You may be performing radiographic studies in your office, and may require their incorporation into the EMR. You may require DICOM compatibility. In any instance, Cardiology workflow will involve a variety of diagnostic tests, reports as well as images.

In a Cardiology office you will be required to visualize not only still images, but also moving images, frequently with color.

For all of the above reasons, and others, a Cardiology office should carefully consider their workflow prior to choosing an EMR. Moreover, in a multi-specialty group with even one Cardiologist, it is important to review the above Cardiology workflow issues when reviewing the hundreds of EMRs that are available.

Cardiology Specific EMR / EHR Features

  • Analysis of percent of stenosis of vessels
  • Cardiac Output Values
  • Cardiovascular Stress Tests
  • Cholesterol Lipid Analysis
  • Coumadin Flowsheets
  • Ejection Fraction Values
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Integration of Hemodynamic data
  • Integration with Cardiac Catheterization equipment and maintenance of high quality video of procedures performed
  • Integration with Cardiac ECHO equipment
  • Integration with EKG and Holter Monitor
  • Maintain information concerning inventory used during Cardiac procedures
  • Pacemaker Analysis

Cardiology Specific EMR/EHR Templates:

  • Abnormal ECG
  • Abnormal Stress Tests
  • Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Adenosine Nuclear Stress Test
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Aortic Disease
  • Cardiac Cath
  • Cardiac Exam
  • Cartoid Artery Stenosis
  • Chest Discomfort
  • Chest Pain
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Echocardiogram
  • Hemodynamic Studies
  • Hypertension
  • Pacemaker
  • Palpitations
  • Parathyroid Disorder

Cardiac conditions that the EMR/EHR should have pre-loaded include:

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Arrhythmia
  • Bradycardia
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Valvular Heart Disease

Documentation for common Cardiac Procedures should be readily accessible:

  • AngioJet
  • Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Balloon Valvuloplasty
  • Intracoronary Radiation Therapy
  • Laser
  • Myocardial Biopsy
  • Stent Implantation
  • Heart Assist Device Implantation:
    • Intra-aortic Balloon Pump (IABP)
    • Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)

Heart Pacing Device Implantation:

  • Automatic Implantable (or Internal) Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Pacemakers

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