Family Practice physicians require an EMR / EHR software program that is designed specifically for their workflow. In a Family Physician office it is common to have patients with multiple complaints, patients with multiple family members needing to be seen, and other problems which appear to be unique to family physicians.

When a Family Physician starts to search for an appropriate EMR solution, s/he should carefully consider their own personal practice parameters. They should consider how many patients they see daily, and what their current workflow is, how they create their medical records, and what their tolerance is for change in their practice.

There are many EMRs that are specific for individual specialties. Family Physicians, however, most frequently will purchase a product which is appropriate for a wide variety of specialists, rather than one which has been designed specifically for Family Practice environments.

Features you should look for in a Family Physician EHR / EMR

  1. The ability to have multiple complaints evaluated during each visit.
  2. Family Practice templates for common conditions such as:
    • Respiratory: Sore Throat, Sinusitis, Pneumonia, Influenza
    • Musculoskeletal: Back Pain, Neck Pain, Joint Pain
    • Cardiovascular: Chest Pain, Palpitations, Hypertension
    • Immunization Tracking
    • Allergy: Rhinitis
    • Dermatologic: Rashes, Acne, Lesions
    • Gastrointestinal: Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea
  3. A willingness to have the EMR Vendor assist with customization of Family Practice templates that match the templates you have been using
  4. Physical Exam templates
  5. Growth Charts
  6. Excuse Templates for School, Work
    • Various State Mandated Forms
  7. Annual Check-up
  8. Patient Education for Family Practice complaints
  9. Images for Family Practices
  10. Health Maintenance Reminders
  11. Interconnectivity with various medical products including:
    • EKG machines
    • Blood Pressure / Vitals Machines
    • Blood Oxygenation
  12. Pediatric Dosage calculator
  13. DOQ-IT compatibility
  14. Multiple Lab Interfaces

The benefits that can be achieved by a successful Family Practice EMR / EHR implementation include:

  1. Increased productivity by
    • Immediate access to charts 24/7
    • Immediate access to dictated information
    • More rapid billing of encounters
    • Improved utilization of office space
  2. Improved medical care
    • Immediate access to medical information
    • Ability to use clinical practice guidelines to assist with diagnostic and treatment options
    • Better attention to alerts including abnormal lab results
    • Lower probability of medication errors
  3. Lower expenses
    • Diminished transcription costs
    • Lowered costs for paper and supplies
    • No costs for chart pulls
    • Lower staff expenses
    • May lower malpractice expenses
  4. Increased Revenue
    • Improved E&M coding accuracy and better ability to withstand an audit
    • Improved eligibility capabilities
  5. Improved Reputation
    • Improved legibility of records
    • Standardization of records
    • Better interoperability with other practices, laboratories, pharmacies, etc.
    • Being a more modern physician

View EHR List – Family Practice specific features