For physicians looking to purchase the perfect Gastroenterology-specific EHR for their practice, there are some important EHR characteristics that they need to know of, and look for.
After short-listing the vendors, physicians will need to gauge the credibility and functionality of the EHRs offered by these vendors by the features which the software offers such as the inclusion of ICD codes, integration with related equipment, capacity to handle related multimedia and include a list of drug and allergic reactions, to name a few.
Physicians will need to see if the EHR includes diagnostic and procedural codes related to Gastroenterology. It is crucial for physicians that their EHR contains the updated ICD codes so that they can remain within the latest regulatory framework set by the government.
Gastroenterologists have to work on equipment such as endoscopy to treat their patients. Therefore it is essential for them to have an EHR that has the ability and capacity to integrate with such equipment where physicians can view and analyze results.
Furthermore, gastroenterology-specific EHRs need to have the function of registering different diseases such as hepatitis and colon cancer that commonly occur with gastroenterology patients.
Also, it is very helpful for physicians if the EHR contains pre-designed templates tailored for diseases such as abdominal pain, constipation, UTI, gallbladder problems, incontinence, hemorrhoids and hepatitis.
Finding the perfect gastroenterology-specific EHR is not a piece of cake, which is why physicians should focus on the features mentioned above.