After physicians have considered that they want a specialty-specific EHR software such as a Neurology EHR, they need to look at the following factors to determine the vendor as well as the components of the software they hope to purchase.
Size of the Practice
With the myriad of software being sold by thousands of vendors, along with the various demands by physicians, there are some EHR software that are built to facilitate larger practices while others are built, designed and developed to cater to small and medium sized practices. The size of the practice is usually determined by the number of physicians working at the practice.
On-Site VS Cloud Technologies
In this method, the physicians have to bear the costs and expenses of physically storing hardware such as servers, systems and also handle maintenance and upgrades of these systems, which can be costly.
Currently, vendors are offering two different types of technologies for data storage, access and retrieval. Client servers or on-site or on-premises refers to when the software is installed on the physicians own system and the data is stored at their own servers.
Physicians do not have the time to worry about these things hence they will be required to hire additional IT staff, adding to the overall expenses of the practice.
Awards and Certifications
One of the most important factors that Neurologists need to consider before selecting their Neurology-specific EHR is to check if that software is backed by the industry standard certifications and have the support of being awarded by certified regulatory bodies.
Important certifications that should be taken into consideration include 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 of data as a priority.
Furthermore, it is important to consider Neurology related features in the software such as specific diagnostic and procedural codes, integration with equipment such as MRI/CT/EMG/EEG, have the capacity to interface with ultrasound, drug dosage calculators and imaging equipment such as transcranial doppler.
Although selecting the right Neurology-specific EHR for your practice can be overwhelming, physicians can have an easier time selecting the best EHR by using the above mentioned points as a basic guideline.