The EMR market is a highly saturated one, with countless vendors offering a variety of software systems for healthcare organizations to choose from. While the majority typically have similar basic components, specialty-specific systems have taken those features a step further. EHR software that is crafted for a specific specialty rather than in a one-size-fits-all manner is markedly more useful for patients and providers alike—in more ways than one.
Charting and workflow methods are fairly uniform across practices in the same field. With an EHR system specifically built to offer the kind of charting and record-keeping that best suits a specialty—say, pediatrics—faster, more accurate diagnoses are often the result. The majority of medical specialty specific EHRs are designed to open factors based on the field-specific diagnosis chosen. Having this as an automatic option rather than a manual one saves providers valuable time. Instead of having to finish notes at the end of the day, providers can instead add notes during visits with patients, for more accurate documentation of symptoms, concerns, and questions.
While general EHRs are certainly capable of meeting the needs of a healthcare provider, a few aspects of specialty-specific software make them a valuable resource in terms of time. The average EHR system will have an over-abundance of information and templates, as it is designed to be used across the varying specialties and sub-specialties found in healthcare. In contrast, a specialty-specific system is streamlined to meet a particular specialty’s needs. This eliminates an individual physician’s need to customize or alter the software—specialty-specific systems have already been shaped and designed to be as effective and efficient as possible. With time-consuming alterations rendered unnecessary, practices can instead focus on ensuring that all staff and patients are comfortable with the new system.
Improved Customer Feedback
Where general EMR vendors have to answer questions and address trouble-shooting issues across numerous specialties, specialty-specific vendors are wholly focused on their particular branch of healthcare. This means that customers have similar concerns and recommendations when it comes to improving the software, rather than a pile of complaints or alterations that comes along with providing services to multiple specialties. These vendors are also more likely to participate in conferences and events held by specialty-specific organizations, which in turn results in continued education on what a truly functional, effective EMR system should look like for that specialty. This education leads to improved training, which turns into a more knowledgeable and efficient staff.
Considering the time specialty-specific software saves healthcare providers, it can come as no surprise that another benefit such software offers is increased efficiency. Since the software has already been customized to provide the proper workflow and charting for a specialty, staff members will have an easier time learning and using the EMR. As touched on earlier, this saves valuable time, but also makes entering important patient data easier and less prone to errors. Less stress on staff members will also improve overall morale, making the practice a more efficient and pleasant work-place.
Better Levels of Patient Care
Not only does specialty-specific software allow for more focused forms and data for staff members, but this specification in turn allows for physicians to be able to provide a higher level of care. For example, for cardiologists, a specialty-specific EHR offer built-in checklists that ask patients for a full family medical history—something that is required in order to have a full understanding of a patient’s health risks. With add-ons like this, specialty-specific software improves the quality of care for patients.
InSync is proud to offer customizable EHR software that can be modified to fit the need of a wide variety of specialties' needs.