Why healthcare providers find EMRs difficult to use
An increasing number of healthcare providers are noting one specific issue with the software they’re using to maintain electronic medical records. What is it? These solutions were often developed without the help of physicians – the people that will be using these EMRs. To be clear, the end-users of EMR software need to provide their input so the software does exactly what it is that they need it to do.
EMRs should be designed with the needs of healthcare-professionals in mind
Kathryn Doyle noted in a Reuters.com article that “Current guidelines and industry standards suggest that new EHR software should be tested by at least 15 end users with a clinical background to make sure they are usable and safe before they get federal certification.”
While a seemingly obvious objective should be software development pertaining to those ultimately using the features within each platform, the most common issue with EMRs is the lack of healthcare-professional input towards the development and design during the software-building process. Why is this simple development factor overlooked? In some cases, it’s not.
Getting back to the basics: What is an EMR for, anyway?
It’s crucial to keep in mind that the ultimate purpose of any productive EMR is to allow providers to focus on the quality of care patients receive. For whatever reason, this seems to have taken a backseat to the other, less-important features including billing, messaging, workload documentation, and other secondary features.
Always bear in mind the ultimate reason EMRs exist: to ensure the highest quality of care is administered to patients.
Finding EMRs designed by physicians
Although the common complaint is based around a lack of physician input,Meditab’s solutions have been developed with the input of physicians and professionals in the healthcare industry. A group of embryologists have devoted their time, effort, and valuable insights pertaining to their specific needs and the capabilities they seek in an effective, efficient, productive electronic medical record software.
Understanding the range of professionals with valuable insight into EMR development
Emergency Department (ED) nurses spend plenty of time working with EMR software in their departments. In addition to the importance of physician input, ED nurses frequent the use of this software and should be included when it comes to the development and suggestion of the functionality in EHR software.
Tips for choosing the right EMR:
- Find an EMR software company that developed their software with the input of those users actually utilizing the software
- Compare the capabilities and functionality of each EMR to see what features are best-suited for your practice’s needs
- Demo every EMR available before making any purchasing or implementation decisions
- Reach out to the developers of your EMR to find out how good their overall support is, and ask if they are able to implement certain features specifically based on your needs