2009 ushered in the need for electronic medical records, but the field of endocrinology was generally well prepared for such a transition. Still, there remain many compatibility and convenience issues that face today’s endocrinologist relying heavily on electronic data. From the integration of Cortrosyn Stim Test and internal insulin pump data, to synchronizing home glucose monitors, the accuracy and reliability of these data systems are paramount for delivering high quality endocrinology care. The sophisticated technology is undermined, however, if each piece of the endocrinologist’s arsenal isn’t integrated into a comprehensive EMR system.

ENDOCRINOLOGY-SPECIFIC EMR’S

The EMR System you choose needs to be able to integrate into your office setting. For example, if you do physical exams, hormone challenge tests and standard phlebotomy all in different rooms, you need your EMR to be able to automatically migrate all of the patient’s data so that it is accessible from any computer. All patient records can be instantly available for each staff member as the patient flows through your office workstations during their appointment.

VERIFY EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY

The majority of new patients come to your endocrinology office from a variety of consulting offices, not the least of which are primary care offices. Many of these offices are grappling with their own EMR systems and their inadequacies, often sending their patients for tests that use different machines and software than they own in their office. How can you verify that the EMR you choose will be compatible with the myriad of consultant’s equipment? Because many of our clients are struggling to find sound principles from which to choose their EMR, we have developed this guide. Use it as a checklist for important questions to ask while shopping for an EMR. If you need specific guidance that this document does not address, please feel free to call us at EMRConsultant.com at (888) 519-3100.

BUILDING TRUST IN YOUR EMR SYSTEM

Once you have resolved the issue of equipment compatibility between consulting physician offices and your own, you can now enjoy planning custom patient safety steps into your practice. The right EMR for your office should make patient safety easier to accomplish, not harder. The daily operations of your endocrinology practice should not have to adapt to accommodate new safety protocols; rather the information management system itself can have a combination of audible and visual notifications custom programmed for the various critical events that you deem important. Common examples are critical laboratory values, important tests need prior to a patient’s appointment, and automatic patient reminders. What all of these solutions have in common is trust building between you and your EMR. Once in place, you will have a system that will alert you to critical developments.

EASILY TRACK STAFF AND PATIENTS’ ACTIVITIES

The last thing your sophisticated cardiology suite and EMR System should be is a burden to those that use it the most – your office personnel. If you choose an EMR with automatic linking of patient records with appointment scheduling and appointment reminders, your office staff will save time performing more menial tasks and surely appreciate it. For example, tests that require fasting often force staff to spend time sending out reminders and tracking down results prior to their appointment with you. An EMR System that could integrate automatic emails or phone calls one week prior to an appointment would definitely improve efficiency and free up time for them to work on other priorities. From ordering special materials prior to nuclear studies, to tracking who logs into the EMR, a lot of repetitive tasks can be integrated into an office system that curbs human error and improves your practice’s measurable outcomes.

DICOM COMPATIBILITY

To have a meaningful conversation about viewing consultant’s imaging, such as ultrasound images and CT’s, we need to talk about the compatibility of software and Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine. DICOM is a standard construct used increasingly by Health Information Systems, but it is not universal. If you want to personally look at the images you order, and not just the radiologists report, the EMR System you choose will likely need to meet this standard.

Specifically, DICOM covers handling, storing, printing, and transmitting information in medical imaging. To ensure that all of the equipment and software you use can be accessed and viewed within your EMR interface, it will be important to navigate the technical areas of licensing fees versus free viewers and custom integration programming.

EMR CONSULTANT

This has built a substantial case for using an experienced EMR consultant without the financial bias of a corporate sales team. Call 888.519.3100 or visit www.EMRconsultant.com to speak with an expert that can help you make your investment wisely.

ENDOCRINOLOGY EMR/SUITE CHECKLIST

  • Addison’s Disease
  • Adrenal Disorder
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Cholesterol Disorders
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
  • Conn’s Disease
  • Cushing’s Disorder
  • Diabetes Visit
  • Fuel Metabolism
  • Glucocorticoid Therapy
  • Gonadal Disorders
  • Graves Disease
  • Growth Hormone Disorders
  • Hirsuitism
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hyperlidiemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Male Hypogonadism
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia
  • Obesity
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parathyroid Conditions
  • Pituitary Disease
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Polyuria/Polydipsia
  • Thyroid Disorder (Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism)
  • Weakness

ENDOCRINOLOGY EMR / EHRINTEGRATION OF ULTRASOUND MACHINES

  • Acuson Cypress
  • Acuson Sequoia
  • Unitixs Vascular Systems
  • Multilab Vascular Systems
  • Summit Doppler
  • Life Dop Doppler System

ENDOCRINOLOGY EMR / EHR COMPATIBILITY OF X-RAY MACHINE DATA

  • Digital X-ray – Kodak Point-of-Care tower
  • Digital X-ray – ACL-04 41 plates per hour with complete viewing station and IBM ThinkCenter tower
  • Chiropractic DR 9MP CCD DR Retrofit system
  • Podiatry X-ray & CR System
  • Chiropractic Digital DR Summit DXR
  • MediaTech USA’s DDR MAK 800-2000

INTEGRATION OF DATA FROM VITAL SIGN MACHINES

  • DRE Waveline
  • DRE ASM 6000
  • DRE Signal SP VSM
  • Tidalwave 715Sp
  • Respironics Novametrix
  • BCI Capnocheck Plus
  • Welch Allyn Atlas
  • BCI Mini-Torr Plus NIBP/O2
  • Mindray PM8000
  • DRE Trax Transport Monitor
  • DRI Vida Multi-Parameter
  • DRE Axis 4 Portable
  • DRE Waveline EZ
  • Philips 863051 Model C1
  • Philips Intellivue MP40
  • Critikon Dinamap
  • Datex AS3
  • Philips M2636B Telemon

COMPATABILITY OF CT SCANNERS

  • Toshiba Asteion ER004
  • Toshiba Aquilion 16-Slice
  • Siemens Biography Duo PET/CT
  • GE FX/I Single Slice MX 165 3.5 MHU Tube
  • GE Prospered Single Slice SW Version V06-04
  • Marconi Ultra-Z Single Slice
  • Philips MX8000IDT-16 Multislice
  • Siemens Volume Zoom Quad Slice CT Scanner
  • Siemens Emotion Duo CT Scanner
  • Siemens Somatom Emotion CT Scanner
  • Siemens AR Star CT Scanner
  • Siemens Plus 4 Power CT Scanner
  • GE LightSpeed 16 Pro CT or QXI/P

COMPATABILITY OF MRI MACHINES

  • Siemens Symphony Maestro Class 1.5T
  • GE Excite II 1.5T MRI
  • Siemens Harmony 1.0T MRI
  • Siemens Open Viva 0.2T MRI
  • Siemens Vision 1.5T MRI
  • Philips Intera 1.5T
  • Philips Achieva Nova S16ch 1.5T
  • GE 1.5T Excite Twinspeed
  • GE Profile II, III, or Platinum
  • Hitachi Airis I or II
  • Hitachi MRP 7000
  • Hitachi Airis II
  • GE Profile II Open Mobile
  • GE 1.5T Echospeed Plus
  • GE Hispeed LX 1.5T Mobile
  • Siemens Impact Expert 1.0T Mobile
  • GE Horizon Mobile

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