Why a Pulmonary specific electronic medical record ( EMR ) system may be most appropriate for your office.
An EHR / EMR that has been designed specifically for Pulmonologists will have a variety of pulmonary specific content as well as Pulmonology specific workflow included in the product as it is delivered and installed in your office. More importantly, it will be able to be adapted to your own workflow and method of practicing pulmonary medicine.
Pulmonology specific EMR / EHR systems are available to assist in the needs specific to the pulmonologist. Pulmonology is a demanding field requiring patient care in various locations throughout the course of a normal day. Pulmonologists moving from office to operating room to the intensive care unit require a method of patient information transport. The pulmonology EMR will incorporate all of the office data you are currently using into a tailor made package for you and your staff that will offer you real-time access to all of your data, no matter where you are.
A pulmonologist must keep accurate data as the patients’ conditions are changing from minute to minute. For instance, a patient in the ICU suffering from ARDS may be experiencing acute increased peak inspiratory pressures. Often the staff can take care of this situation without alerting the Pulmonologist, however, trending of these results are of great importance to the pulmonologist when considering future ventilation management for this patient. If access to the trending data is available to the physician throughout the course of the day, the Pulmonologist can make accurate detailed decisions of care at a time when it is needed most. This point of care technology incorporated into the Pulmonology specific EMR/EHR program alerts the physician to any changes in patient condition, trending values, and laboratory data. Since this is a rather unusual requirement for non-Pulmonologists, many EMR software programs which are written for ‘general medical practice’ will likely be missing features of this nature.
As above, communication between office staff and the pulmonologist can be a challenge since the doctor is constantly moving from one patient care area to another. With portable EMR programs the physician is always in contact with the data at times when it matters most. You may wish to look for a program in which your patients’ records will be merged from all of your hospital sites and office locations and will be ready when you need it. Treating patients with various chronic lung ailments like Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, and Asthma will require pertinent history and examination trending throughout the course of their disease. With the specific EMR you will always have the patient’s values at your disposal to make key decision regarding their care. Medication history and new medication research is readily available along with allergy and interaction information. And, to clarify, medication history is likely to be available from within any modern EMR. However, access to new medication research in the field of Pulmonology may be a feature that is specific to only a few EMR products.
Pulmonary Function results and interpretation guidelines are incorporated into these programs to assist in diagnosis. In fact, you will no longer have to wait on the Technician to bring the pulmonary or sleep study reports to the office, for they can be transferred electronically immediately upon completion of the exam. Sleep study scoring and CPAP trials can be readily available and interpreted per the software design. Recommendations based on current data and research can be provided after the trending and scoring information is transferred into the system. Arterial Blood Gas results can be interpreted and the physician can be alerted to crucial values immediately minimizing any human error or communication failures that could lead to adverse patient results.
Technology is improving and it is vital that specialty physicians such as a pulmonary specialist maintain proper data management. A breach of patient information or valuable data can be a risk management nightmare. These systems are designed to provide bullet proof security at a time when security is of vital importance. The pulmonologist can focus their time and effort on the patient and no longer have to worry about HIPAA guidelines or billing errors.
Pulmonology Specific EMR / EHR Features
- Pulse Oximetry Trending
- 6 Minute Walk Studies
- Pulmonary Stress Testing
- Pulmonary Function Studies Interface
- Sleep Studies Interface
- Bronchoscopy Image Management
- Diagnostic Integration
- Asthma Action Plans
Pulmonology Specifc EMR / EHR Templates
- Abnormal CXR
- Arterial Blood Gases
- Asthma Exacerbation
- COPD Decompensation
- COPD Evaluation
- Lung Cancer
- Lung Mass
- Pleural Effusion
- Preoperative Evaluation
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Pulmonary Nodule
- Sleep Apnea
- Sleep Intake
- Upper Respiratory Infection