Why a Geriatric specific electronic medical record ( EMR ) system may be most appropriate for your office.
An EHR / EMR that has been designed specifically for geriatrics will have a variety of geriatric specific content as well as geriatric specific workflow issues included within the product. A geriatric specific EMR/EHR will most likely be adapted to your own workflow, or at the least will be able to be reasonably easily modified to accommodate your proposed workflow. This may seem self-evident. However, without careful scrutiny, it is rather easy to purchase and install a software program which, it will be determined after the fact, is incapably of accommodating some of the specific workflow issues that are faced in a geriatrics office.
The EMR / EHR designed specifically for geriatric specialties will provide the gerontologist with detail oriented patient data management by incorporating the most up-to-date technology with the existing practice environment. An EMR/EHR specific to the field of geriatrics can improve the quality of office management by providing detailed and accurate point of care values when time is often of the essence. Geriatric physicians have many specific concerns vital to the care of the patient not common to many other specialties. For instance, you are likely making rounds in the skilled nursing facility or other off-site facility with regularity. How will you get your patient information to be made available while making rounds? How will you get the information you gather at the nursing home back into your office? How will you bill for your services while out of the office?
The EMR / EHR system you choose should ensure that you always have the most current research and statistical data available. Treating various ailments like Alzheimer’s Disease, Diabetes, and Nutrition deficiencies requires current treatment outcomes and statistical data that can easily be incorporated into your own EMR system. Various periodical search and journal updates will be readily available without maintaining all of the hard documents within your facility. Medication information and interaction data is also easily maintained. Trending capabilities allow geriatric specialists the ability to monitor outcomes and results of therapy over time versus the out dated methods of patient tracking and history surveys.
Factors including patient confidentiality and privacy as well as end of life directives can prove to be a risk management nightmare for the geriatric physician. The proper EMR systems work to provide bullet proof security features protecting the patients and the practice. It will ensure that information of this nature, which, while not specific to geriatrics is substantially more important for your field, is handled in a proper and comprehensive fashion.
Gerontologists take care of patients with a wide-variety of medical problems, and, probably more so than most other physicians, care for patients who are simultaneously being cared for by other provides as well. Access to the medical records which have been made available in other offices may be critical.
Medical billing and coding procedures as well as office scheduling and follow up care can easily be managed with the EMR / EHR system designed for geriatric specialists to allow the office staff more time to concentrate on other valuable responsibilities. Scheduling your time across multiple different out-patient and in-patient facilities, possibly in different communities, can be a complex task, and one which might not be accommodated in EMR programs which have not been designed for your specialty.
Patient transfer and clinic visits can be easily tracked from site to facility as the data is portable and always at the physicians’ disposal. Whether you are visiting the residents at your skilled nursing facility or transferring patients to acute care, the EMR program is designed to integrate the information from all of your locations into one easily accessible program, possibly with a customizable dashboard to allow ready access to the information. Receiving instant critical updates of laboratory values or radiology imaging reports will reduce the risk of human error and communication failure. In fact proper use of assessment templates and features can lead to a reduction in hospital stay and repeat visits by ensuring the patient’s exam is complete when the geriatric patient may not be able to communicate all of their concerns in a usual manner.
Geriatric EMR / EHR Features
- Geriatric Assessment forms
- Nursing Home Visits
- Nutritional Analysis
- End of life directives
- Scheduling in multiple locations
- Billing from multiple locations
- Coverage for other physicians not in your office
- Interfacing with oncologists and many other specialists
Geriatric EMR / EHR Templates
- Decubitus Ulcers
- Foot Disorders
- GI bleeding
- Hearing/Vision Abnormalities
- Heart Failure
- Urinary Incontinence