Leading immunology electronic medical record (EMR)/electronic health record (EHR) systems will provide allergy-relevant clinical information that plugs directly into the immunology workflow. For example, immunologists often require the patient to wait on-site between injection and results screening. This is unique to immunology practices, and should be taken into account when selecting an EMR.
Other features to consider include treatment planning, pulmonary function tests, laboratory results, prescriptions, educational handouts, patient assessment forms, immunizations, workmen's compensation screens and antigen profiles.
Specific features of a quality allergy and immunology EMR software solution include:
|Allergy & immunotherapy SOAP notes templates||Most EMRs have SOAP notes templates specific to each of the hundreds of situations an immunologist must address on a regular basis, including: allergic rhinitis, anaphylaxis, angioedema, asthma, COPD, eczema, food allergy, immune deficiency, urticaria, allergy shots, drug allergy, hay fever, insect sting allergy, itching, pollen allergy, post nasal drip, rash, swollen lymph glands and more.|
|Vaccine coverage & history||Knowledge of vaccine history is an important part of an immunology practice. Many immunology-specific EMRs have a specific vaccine module that identifies current vaccine status, past immunizations and vaccines due.|
|Pre and post-injection questionnaires||Survey patients before and after injections, and have those surveys tied directly and permanently to the patient record, making it easier to track and assess long-term results.|
|Laboratory results integration||Immunologists constantly test their patients for allergens, immunodeficiencies, drug presence and more. Having a system that automatically imports this data from the laboratory and ties it into the patient record maximizes the efficiency of the practice.|
|Allergy testing & treatment protocols||The workflow facilitating allergy testing and treatment protocols, making patient interactions more efficient and reducing the risk of errors or unnecessary activities.|
|Progress tracking||Storing immunodeficiency, immunomodulation, organ inflammation, allergen testing and other results allows the physician to track and chart long-term progress of an immunotherapy patient, facilitating decision-making and evolution of treatment over time.|
|Immunology coding and reporting||With ICD-9, CPT, PQRI and other billing and incentive reports, having an EMR that facilitates this process can save thousands of man-hours and maximize returns.|
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