Ever since technologies such as EHRs (Electronic Health Records) have dominated the Health IT industry, thousands of vendors supplying EHRs have entered the market in a bid to outmatch their numerous competitors and make a name as a company that provides the best software and services.

The emergence of such technologies along with current market dynamics has led to confusion amongst the physicians vying to purchase the ideal EHR for their practices.  The increase in the number of suppliers has made it harder for physicians to decide which software and vendor to go for.

This document will act as a guide for such physicians and will help them to at least short list the vendors and software so that the final decision is made easier.

The first step that physicians need to take to single out the right type of software for their practice is to start looking for the right type of software, i.e., in this case, Pediatricians need to start looking for specialty specific EHRs that are designed and built for Pediatric workflows.

Typically, Pediatric EHRs are designed to deal with treating patients of a younger age-group, usually in a primary care setting. Pediatricians hence perform all sorts of treatments, taking in multiple specialties simultaneously as patients form long-term relationships with them. Pediatricians also have to rely on tests performed by other physicians who specialize in different specialties. This is exactly why a Pediatric EHR system should be powerful enough to support all sorts of workflows from different specialties.

Pediatric EHR, apart from managing large amounts of data, need to have automated referral systems, be fast enough to process large amounts of data without slowing down the physicians, and be capable of charting numerous conditions simultaneously. Pediatric EHR should also be able to safely transmit as well as protect confidential patient health information.