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What Are the Benefits of Using an Orthopedic Sports Medicine EMR?

Orthopedic sports medicine doctorsWhether you are a physician venturing into electronic medical records for the first time or are considering trading in your generic EMR for a specialty-specific version, it is important to understand the unique needs of your practice. Once you have a clear idea of the features and capabilities that meet your facility’s needs, you will be able to narrow down your search in the quest for the perfect EMR.

For orthopedic or sports medicine providers, having an EMR designed for your particular specialty can be incredibly beneficial, as orthopedic sports medicine EMR software will work best with your workflows and the way you practice medicine. Here are a few ways that an orthopedic EMR can make your transition into electronic charting less stressful.

Ready to use out of the box.  EMRs designed for orthopedic specialists include features and functions that orthopods use most, meaning that the systems are ready to use out of the box and require little customization. Instead of using up your training time designing specialty-specific templates, you can spend it learning how to navigate a system that was designed with you in mind.

Templates, forms and diagrams specific to your specialty.  You don’t practice medicine the same way pediatricians do, so why should you both be using the same EMR system? Orthopedic sports medicine EMR software includes vocabulary and documentation specific to your specialty, including SOAP notes, exams, body part diagrams, and reports. If you need to customize an existing template or add one of your own, you can do that too.

Access your EMR on-the-go.  Orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists often travel between different facilities and need to be able to access their EMR no matter where they are. Whether you are at a hospital, surgery center or rehabilitation facility, you will be able to access your patient records as long as you have access to the Internet.

Provide more comprehensive patient care.  Being able to access your EMR from anywhere means orthopedic EMR systems also contribute to helping you provide more accurate and comprehensive patient care. Not only do you have access to important health information no matter where you are seeing the patient, but you also have the possibility of entering data in real-time, meaning nothing gets forgotten or left out of the patient’s chart.

Why Are Physicians Choosing Fully-Certified, Web-Based EMR Software?

The reason why most physicians are adopting a fully-certified EMR solution is obvious – federal programs require the use of certified software in order for providers to qualify for meaningful use incentives. However, more and more healthcare professionals are opting for web-based EMR software over client/server models. Why is that?

Low Upfront Cost:  EMR software can be costly for physicians looking into client/server-based systems. Aside from paying higher upfront licensing fees, physicians must also look into purchasing pricey hardware, including an adequate server which will hold the EMR database. With web-based products, however, facilities can make smaller, monthly payments for hosting and licensing, and they don’t have to worry about purchasing a server, as the software is hosted remotely by the EMR vendor.

Easy Access: Web-based EMR software can be accessed from any device with an Internet connection. This means that physicians using these fully-certified EMR systems are able to work from different offices, on different devices, and even from home.

Minimal Maintenance: Maintenance fees for web-based EMRs are typically worked into monthly fees and include server hosting, network and database security, and routine updates and upgrades – services that you would otherwise have to take care of yourself or pay an IT group to do.

Better Security: Patient data is stored in a secure, HIPAA-compliant location, outside of the physician’s office. Trusted IT professionals ensure your database is encrypted and protected against potential security breaches. You will never have to worry about running a backup or losing patient data in the event of a fire or server mishap.

Are you looking to transition to a web-based EMR? Click here to learn how our fully-certified, specialty-specific EMR solutions can benefit your physician practice.