We have listed down some factors that can help the nervous physician looking for a specific type of EHR Software. The following factors will determine what you need to look at before you get your ideal Radiology-specific EHR.
The Size of the Practice:
It is important to gauge the size of your practice against the size of the practice the software was developed for. This is because some software are built for large practices that house over 10 physicians and cater to thousands of patients, while other softwares are built for medium or small-sized practices that house only a couple of physicians(usually between 1-5) and cater to a couple of hundred patients.
Software are thus either highly powerful and are able to handle extremely large amounts of data or are not powerful and can handle only a limited amount of data access, storage and exchange.
On-site VS Cloud Architecture:
Some software are built to be used at the practices’ premises or ‘on-site’, where it is housed and stored at the systems/machines used by the physicians themselves, backed by their own servers. On the other hand, with the advent in modern wireless technologies, other softwares are built to be used on the ‘cloud’.
This means that the data would be stored at the vendors’ servers instead of the server at the practice. As time is passing by, organizations are increasingly using the ‘cloud’ method, since the occurrence of globalization has created the ability of organizations to work together, regardless of geographical boundaries.
By using Cloud technology, physicians have the advantage of not being responsible for the storage and maintenance of their data, which they would be able to access from different areas. It would also be easier to exchange data with other healthcare organizations such as laboratories, pharmacies and insurances.
Certifications, Partners and Affiliations:
Since the government has been advocating the usage of EHRs for both country and physicians, it has regulated the usage of these softwares and created certain standards and certifications for vendors to follow, ensuring quality continuation in the industry.
Some of the main certifications include the ONC-ATCB Certification (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Authorized Testing and Certification Body) and HIPAA Compliance (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act), which governs the security and privacy of patient health information.