When shopping for an EHR system there are many key points you need to evaluate when shopping for an EHR. These will help you identify which of the EHR solution is the best match for your budget and your specific needs. I have developed a set of ten points, which will help put any practice on track for partnering with the absolute best product/company for your needs.
This list of evaluation points will apply in some way to everyone shopping. You might consider keeping a note book for taking notes on each point so you can remember them in the future as you narrow your decision.
This week let’s talk about specialty specific content.
Specialty Specific Content:
Every specialty in healthcare has what is called ‘custom content’. This means that you see the things you routinely do like Low Back Pain, Neck, Shoulder, etc. (as having Podiatry or Optometry content wouldn’t really do you any good for patient documentation). During your demo keep an eye out for the things you do every day. I would encourage you to have a list of the top 5 or 10 things you do handy and ask to see them during your demo. If you are reviewing a Chiropractic specific system, you should easily see these items. If you are demoing a medical based system with a Chiropractic ‘module’ you will be less likely to see these things which means a lot more time customizing the system and in all reality could mean you end up shelving the system.
IMPORTANT: Be careful when considering a non-Chiropractic specific system. This means quite a bit of more time customizing upfront and may not work well for your work flow.
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