Why an electronic medical record ( EMR ) system designed specifically for General Surgery may be most appropriate for your office.
An EHR / EMR that has been designed specifically for surgeons will have a variety of Surgery & Surgical Specialties specific content as well as surgery & surgical specialties specific workflow included within the product. More likely, while the initial program may not be designed to work exactly as you do, it is critical that it be able to be customized to meet your anticipated workflow, after your implementation.
The healthcare industry has been rapidly becoming more ‘tech savvy’ with the movement towards EMR/EHR systems. The federal government has recently allocated billions of dollars for physicians, such as surgeons to purchase and ‘meaningfully use’ a comprehensive EHR system. Studies illustrate that over 90% of physicians in other countries use EMR/EHR software, while in the United States the number is only a staggering 17%.
Portability of information is a key element in the EMR / EHR programs designed specifically for general surgery. Valuable data such as patient histories, SOAP notes, consultations and referrals will all be available to the surgeon whether they are in the hospital operating room, out-patient surgical facility, local clinic or office exam room. It will be critical for you that radiographic and other images, as well as clinical laboratory values always be available. Other important features will likely include trending data and critical value alerts.
HIPAA management and patient record security is also a factor of increased significance to a successful surgery practice, particularly since you will routinely be bringing confidential healthcare information out of your office. Record security and patient privacy will be adopted into the many safeguarded features of the software design within EMR / EHR programs.
Surgeons often find themselves needing up to the minute research on statistical data for surgical procedures to compare cancer rates or infection control. With a surgery specific EMR / EHR, the surgeon will have access to all of the latest research and data available for the specified field. Imagine having medication guidelines, interaction, and allergy and education information at your fingertips without carrying the PDR or latest journal review from location to location.
The EMR / EHR software designed specifically for surgeons can enhance the delivery of patient care through many facets of routine office management. Working to improve the quality of patient care management, the EMR will allow the physician to focus on items of most importance while maintaining accurate and vital records. Patient records and other pertinent data will be readily available at your disposal when time matters most.