Infectious Disease EMR Buyer's Guide
by K Marsh ,
- Last Updated: 08 May, 2018 2:27 PM
|Electronic medical records
||Electronic medical record (EMR) is a software that assists in developing and storing patient medical records digitally. This unique system assists physicians in tracking patient histories, notes, medications, and demographics. Most popular features of EMR/ EHR software include e-prescribing, E&M coding advice, and SOAP notes. Quality Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems also offer lab integration, voice recognition, tablet support and device integration.
||Medical billing modules or MedicalBilling software manage the development of patient statements and submission of insurance claims. Key functions of such systems include claim scrubbing, electronic claim submission, coding, payment posting, eligibility inquiry, and reporting.
||This module is designed to automate the entire process of scheduling patient appointments. Core features of a good patient scheduling module may include sending reminders through phone, text message and email, automated follow-ups, and multi-location support. Such modules are usually offered along with a billing module in a practice management software suite.
|Radiology information systems
||A radio information system is one that manages the workflow and operations of radiology imaging centers or large medical practices having radiology imaging departments. Such software or modules automate the entire process of storing, operating and distributing patient medical images and related data.
|Picture archiving and communications systems
||Picture archiving and communication systems are designed to manage, store and retrieve DICOM images such as X-rays, CAT scans, MRIs etc. Such systems are often used in combination with an RIS (Radio Information System) to perform the radiology workflow proficiently.
||The term Medical accounting refers to a system designed to automate accounting processes for medical practices. Major functions of such systems include general ledger, A/P, A/R, and financial reporting.
As the field of Infectious Diseases (ID) continues to evolve, it the medical specialty requires a precise electronic medical record software that can easily keep up with the new additions and improvements. ID specialists require a fully integrated Electronic Medical Record software that makes it easy to import and export patient data in a secure and discrete manner. Such an EMR must also be able to easily connect with labs, diagnostic equipment, and pharmacies. The following are some features you need to consider while buying an EMR software for ID medical practices.
Features of Infectious Disease EMR
– Many people are referred to ID specialists because their disease symptoms are so complex that they can’t be diagnosed by their primary physicians. Some even fail to fall under specific diagnosis. This requires data that is not easily available in the general EMR systems and the complexity of reporting and medical chart development takes a lot of time. All this can be made easy with customized templates as they can automate the redundant tasks and allow users to navigate easily to places they need to be with the EMR software.
There are specific fields that must always be covered by ID specialists when examining a patient and a quality EMR software designed for ID should always have these at hand. Some of the common templates in this regard are:
- Community-acquired pneumonia for infants and children
- High-grade fever
- Sexually transmitted disease
- Infectious diarrhea
– Communication is the key in every medical field. This is why quality software designed for ID specialists are always able to import and export patient data from other physicians. Such patient data can include lab reports, patient medical history and even results of diagnostic tests previously or presently conducted. ID specialists need these to pinpoint the nature and other details about the infectious disease and then to formulate a care plan.
Care Plan –
EMR software that suggests a care plan for infectious diseases diagnosed on a patient always saves the precious time of the physician. ID specialists may not always depend on the suggested care plans, but they can have a fair idea or a different perspective to think about. Also, they can miss something and the care plan may remind them that.
– Once a care plan has been decided the Electronic Health Record should have automated alerts to track drug history, pending vaccinations, antibiotic dosing, vaccination history and red flag warnings in case of allergies. This can also assist in patient recall. These features help streamline patient care and enhance clinical efficiency.
Integrated Systems –
For detailed patient charts, a good Infectious Diseases EMR would support an interface with pharmacies, labs, and diagnostic equipment. This allows for a quick and efficient data management and storage.
Progression Charting –
A quality EMR will easily support medical charting of all patient data for a quick review of all medical information.
ICD/CPT Codes –
Built-in ICD-10 and CPT codes are necessary for all EMR software. If they are for infectious diseases they enable a faster billing and claim process. This makes way for fewer errors and other ineligibility issues.