After you have determined that you want to purchase specialty-specific Electronic Health Record (EHR) software that caters to your specific specialty and its workflows, the following criteria will guide you to determine the right software for your practice.
Size of the Practice
With the evolution in the Healthcare industry, the HIT market has been flooded by thousands of vendors selling different types of products such as EHR software.
Consequently, vendors have developed some software specifically for large practices and hospitals, where there are a number of physicians. On the other hand, there are other software which are developed, designed and built for and according to small and medium sized practices. Therefore, it is important to determine the size of your own practice before starting the hunt for the perfect EHR and in this case, the perfect Home-Health EHRs.
On-Site vs Cloud Technologies
Currently, vendors are offering two different types of technologies for data storage, access and retrieval. On-site refers to when the software is installed on the physicians own system and the data is stored at their own servers at their own premises.
Through this method, the physicians have to bear the costs and expenses of physically storing the servers, systems and handling the maintenance and upgrades of these systems which can be quite costly. Also, physicians do not have the time to worry about these things hence they are usually required to hire additional staff, adding to the overall costs of the practice.
Awards, Certifications and Compliances
One of the most important factors that home-health providers need to consider before selecting their Internal-Medicine specific EHRs is to check if that EHR is backed by the industry standard certifications and have the support of being awarded by regulatory bodies. The important certifications to consider are the ONC-ATCB Certification (Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Testing and Certification Body) and HIPAA compliance, which regulates the usage of patient health information, keeping privacy and security on the forefront.
Furthermore, it is important to consider home-health -specific features in the software such as specific diagnostic and procedural codes, the ability to integrate with devices such as EKG and X-rays as well as the capacity to interact with physicians’ notes and records. Pre-designed templates for home-health providers should include templates such as diabetes, physical therapy, injections, occupational therapy as well as high blood pressure.