Are you still searching for that "perfect fit" when it comes to your EHR software? The childhood fairy tale Goldilocks and The Three Bears comes to mind when anyone discusses the perfect fit. One may be too large, another too small, but the simplicity of the story offered “one” as being “just right!” It isn’t just a childhood story to expect the same outcome within your practice.
How might that storyline unfold if our main characters were from a small-to-medium size medical practice searching for the perfect electronic health record (EHR)? The “just right” EHR should:
Meet the needs of your specialty and unique workflow requirements.
Look for templates that are specialty-specific and offer the ability to display the available templates based on the individual specialty of the provider. Within the note, look for the ability to retain the provider’s style both in content and process. Can you incorporate free text, drop-down, point click, by exception dictation, and even Dragon or other voice recognition workflows within the same note? Are you able to add and remove sections or even change the options within a designed picklist on the fly?
Provide a flexible appointment scheduling module.
An EHR system should accommodate your scheduling needs. It should recognize the need for appointments to be scheduled, modified, rescheduled, and deleted, even as a reoccurring block of appointments. Maybe your practice needs more flexibility to accommodate walk-in patients, the virtual patients, or the ability to recall a patient for an annual wellness visit. Will the system accommodate these appointment types? And when those appointments are scheduled, can you view a single day across multiple providers on the same screen?