Are you sure you have all the tools you need to make your pediatric practice successful? If you’re using an adult-centered EMR versus a pediatric EMR software, the odds are that you don’t. Children have specific needs and aren’t merely smaller adults. In order to be more productive, improve clinical care, and increase the financial health of your pediatric practice, you need software that works like you do. In short, you need pediatric EMR software.
Why Switch to a Pediatric EMR Software?
If your practice is still using paper or an adult-based EMR, you’ll experience a significant number of improvements by switching to a pediatric EMR.
Let’s quickly consider some of the important issues pediatric practices are facing:
Imagine being able to resolve these in one swoop. The good news is that by changing to a pediatric EMR software, this is possible.
The best pediatric EMR software solutions don’t try to be everything to every specialty. Instead, they remain laser-focused on the features and functionality that pediatric practices need to thrive, including:
Pediatricians are constantly striking a balance between the amount of time they spend charting efficiently and time spent with their patients and families. Robust pediatric EMR software solutions, like OP, have hundreds of preloaded templates for sick visits of all types. This enables pediatricians to quickly chart the visit, easily see what needs to be examined, and provide an assessment.
For most pediatric practices, vaccines are second to salaries in terms of expenses. This makes managing them vital in order to optimize profitability and cash flow. OP’s pediatric EMR software makes it easy to manage vaccines and forecast future requirements. With this functionality, you’ll be able to:
Avoiding gaps in patient care is a major challenge for most pediatric practices. Decreasing these gaps, can increase your practice’s revenue and improve clinical outcomes.
With OP’s pediatric EMR software, you can easily identify patients who are:
Once you’ve identified these active patients, you’ll want to notify them via their preferred contact method (i.e., phone, email, text). This can all be done easily using OP Notify.
With these tools available in OP’s pediatric EMR software, you can ensure: your patients receive great care, you build long-term relationships with your families, and you receive the pay-for-performance dollars you’ve earned.
Sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing. When it comes to choosing an electronic health record (EHR) solution, less is actually more if you’re in a pediatrics practice. That’s because a well-rounded adult-centric EHR is likely to be less helpful than one specially built for your area of expertise.
Statistics from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology show 86.9% of office-based physicians already had an EHR back in 2015. A report two years later from Medical Economics showed 43% had used three or more EHRs, however, mostly as a result of dissatisfaction with the systems they chose initially.
Most EHR solutions offer features such as:
So, how is a pediatric EHR different? In quite a number of ways, actually, but we’ve highlighted three to start you thinking about the possibilities.
To make the right patient care decisions at the right time, it’s vital for physicians to have accurate information available. An adult-centric EHR with default programming, for example, is unlikely to deliver a warning for a blood pressure reading of 120/80. If the patient is a 10-year old child, this BP level is too high to go unaddressed.
A pediatric EHR, however, uses exact measurements for vitals that are calibrated according to the patient’s age and other factors. This reduces the margin for error and helps you to make appropriate choices for your patient.
With vaccinations continuing to be a hot-button issue in 2019, having enough vaccine inventory is critical to be certain you can provide immunizations for your patients as and when they are needed. Otherwise, you could miss opportunities to vaccinate, which can cause inconvenience for the patient and their family. More importantly, if a child is exposed to a preventable illness because the vaccination wasn’t available, it’s a potential legal minefield for your practice.
At the same time, many vaccines are perishable substances that need to be stored safely and used within a certain timeframe. Since vaccinations are a major income stream for pediatric physicians, and practices work with much larger quantities of vaccines than adult-centric practices do, you’ll want the pediatric EHR you choose to be optimized for managing these.
Data privacy is one of the biggest areas of concern these days, but in contemporary families, there’s often a sense that a child’s business is the parent’s business. That may apply to many things in life, but when it comes to medical records it’s not strictly true. Teens who need treatment for conditions like STDs, contraception or even eating disorders may not want their parents to have access to everything, and since the sharing of information doesn’t apply to most adult-centric EHRs, practices using them might not have any options beyond disabling certain features to prevent access.
With data driving the success of practices, you can ill afford when you treat an adolescent to have incomplete access to their records, however. A pediatric EHR solution will equip you to store the records you need but without making them available for parental viewing.
If you’re still not sure a pediatric-specific EHR is the best option for you, download this eBook to discover how a well-rounded EHR may be limiting your practice.
OP's pediatric EMR software makes all the tedious aspects of charting and billing so much easier. It allows me to focus on my patients so I can enjoy my practice, just as the first day.
– Michel Cohen, MD with Tribeca Pediatrics