Why a Sleep Medicine specific electronic medical record ( EMR ) system may be most appropriate for your office.
An EHR/EMR that has been designed specifically for sleep medicine will have medical content specific for sleep medicine, but more importantly will be able to accommodate the specific workflow required by your specialty. This workflow capability will either be included in the product as it is delivered and installed in your office, or as a minimum, it will likely be able to be adapted to your own workflow and method of practicing sleep medicine.
The sleep medicine specialist involved with evaluating and treating sleep disorders will require detailed Pulmonology and Neurological data as well as other specialized testing which is not common for other practicing physicians. For example, EHR/EMR software designed specifically for sleep medicine specialists is likely to incorporate data management from pulmonary tests, EEGs, etc. This will provide the ability to assess and treat sleep disorders with all the relevant information ready to hand, and at the bedside.
Often patients visiting the Sleep Physician will require outpatient procedures like Sleep Study exams, MSLT’s, or overnight Pulse Oximetry trending. With the EMR / EHR systems designed for the sleep medicine specialist the reports data can be transferred to the physician immediately upon completion. Technicians scoring exams can transmit the information without waiting for transport of the files by hand. Portability, which is a key factor in technologically advanced EMR/EHR systems, provides access to the records from Sleep clinics, to home care sites, to office exam rooms. Key trending information is available at all times. Data from patient home CPAP/BiPAP units can even be transferred electronically into the EMR directly from home. Trending information is readily available immediately, and this can be critical to improve the physician’s efficiency in treating sleep disorders. Patient compliance is a key element to the success of sleep medicine and with accurate data available the patient’s therapy can be tailored to the specific trending variables instead of relying on instinct and repeated failed attempts.
Point of care documentation is vital to accurate results. With the EMR/EHR designed for sleep medicine the physician can document the assessment based on occurring factors rather than recall and dictation. This method of real time charting has proven to be more effective by reducing communication and documentation error. Sleep medicine specific EMR/EHR programs have the ability to incorporate consultation and referrals, as well as billing and appointment modules. The technology available will allow the specialist and office staff the ability to focus less on tedious time consuming details and apply more attention to other patient responsibilities.
Sleep Medicine Specific EMR / EHR Features
- Consultation Reports on sleep disorders
- Diagnostic Integration
- Disease Care Review
- Epworth Sleepiness Scale
- Inventory tracking (monitors levels of supplies and DME Devices)
- Polysomnography Diagnostic
- Sleep Lab Electronic Data
Sleep Medicine Specific EMR / EHR Templates
- Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Sleep Apnea
- Sleep Medicine Patient Education
- Sleep Paralysis
- Sleep Talking
- Sleep Terror
- Sleep Walking