Urologists need a system that supports them in treating their patients in a discreet, respectful manner, while maintaining all the functionality of generic and specialty electronic medical record (EMR)/electronic health record (EHR) solutions.
|Urology SOAP notes templates||Rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach, urology EMRs have dozens of customized templates for every condition imaginable, including: cystoscopy, hematuria, incontinence, infertility, prostate screening and/or cancer, sexual dysfunction, UTI and vasectomy. These templates can often be customized, but most physicians prefer simply taking advantage of the ample pre-existing templates already at their disposal.|
|Urology-specific medication management||Your urology workflow solution can suggest medications, and can help prevent errors by alerting the physician if he or she tries to prescribe a dangerous or ineffective dosage, or urispas instead of urocit for a patient with kidney stones. These alerts are customizable to the needs of the physician.|
|Urology-specific coding & billing||Urology-specific EMRs use the unique vocabulary of urologists, incorporating the terminology into the system. They provide more assistance on ICD9 and CPT coding and billing for common urology encounters, while avoiding the clutter of thousands of codes unrelated to your practice. Since these systems tie into the administrative and clinical workflow, they also know what procedures have been performed and which treatments prescribed, making the claim process faster and more accurate.|
|Integration with lab and pathology reports||Automatically receive results of electronic urinalyses, kidney MRIs or other medical tests. Before buying your solution, make sure it will be compatible with all your urology reports and devices.|
In addition to these features, a strong management system will support medical billing and scheduling and improve office workflows, efficiency and patient correspondence.
Software as a Service (SaaS). The adoption of SaaS-based systems are on the rise. With a Web-based system, urologists and their staff are able to access patient records, import new patient data and manage appointments online. And because upfront costs are generally lower with a SaaS model, these Web-based systems are very appealing to urologist practices. While HIPAA compliance and the security of patient data in the Cloud is a concern for some, vendors are tackling these issues head on, to ensure sensitive data remains secure.
Mobile device support. The growing popularity of online EHR urology software is also driving innovation in the way medical professionals access patient records. Vendors are increasingly offering robust mobile technologies that make it easier to manage a practice on the go, and also increases mobility in the office. Many have developed mobile versions, and some are even developing native apps for popular mobile operating systems (like Apple, Android and Windows). For example, on February 3, 2012, meridianEMR—a leader in urology EHR—launched a native app for the iPhone: meridianMobile. The app gives users access to real-time data, and the ability to schedule office visits and review appointments. The app also runs on the iPod Touch and the iPad, working for any user with the meridianEMR Version 5.2.3 or higher.
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