The emergence of different types and qualities of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) has led to a myriad of vendors supplying innovative products in the market. With the boom in healthcare technology, many companies or vendors have entered into the market to provide more effective methods for physicians to provide quality healthcare.
The support for these technologies provided by the government in the form of incentives through the Meaningful Use program, coupled with the creation of Regional Extension Centers (RECs) and ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) has automatically increased the demand for Electronic Health Records (EHR Software). The surge in vendors developing modern technologies has thus increased dramatically, making it increasingly harder for physicians and practices to find the right software for their practice or specialty.
For physicians specializing in Oncology, the first step to take is to start looking for software that is specialty-specific. In this case, physicians should be on the lookout for an Oncology-specific EHR that specifically caters to the workflows of physicians who treat cancer patients.
Oncology specific EHR is geared to manage and treat cancer and similar illnesses. Oncologists use a wide range of tests to screen or test patients including ultrasounds, MRIs, CT and PET scans and mammograms etc. Therefore, Oncology specific EHR should seamlessly integrate with different types of systems, devices and machines. It is even better if the EHR is interoperable and backed by cloud technology, so that it is easier for data to be exchanged, regardless of location.
Therefore, Oncology EHR software should be able to cater to different types of cancer patients and hence be powerful enough to store huge amounts of data along with being fast enough to analyze and evaluate that data.
It is imperative for Oncology EHRs to have integrated Clinical Decision Support, which enables the software to determine the current state of the patient and also to recommend the ideal treatment plan and further how to prevent the disease. The advantage of such technology is the minimization of manual errors made my physicians such as misdiagnosis or prescribing the wrong amounts of drugs usage etc.