Cardiovascular diseases are among the most common worldwide, so the need for efficient and intelligent medical software is a must. Electronic health records are becoming more common in cardiology practices as well, according to a 2014 blog post by the American College of Cardiology.
Cardiologists are embracing EHRs
In fact, the ACC indicated that nearly 8 out of 10 cardiologists (78 percent) had been using EHRs over the past two years. This is a noted increase compared to 2012, when just 68 percent of cardiologists surveyed indicated that they had been using an EHR. A summer 2014 survey from the ACC stated that the reasoning behind this increase was due to EHR improvements in patient safety, quality care and adherence to medication.
Other features highlighted in the survey that have improved for cardiologists included:
- Timely access to medical records (86 percent)
- Prescription refills (84 percent)
- The importation of lab results (76 percent)
- Communication with other providers (57 percent)
- The importation of imaging results (50 percent)
Cardiology EHRs are only getting better
The Cardiovascular Research Foundation also recently stated that EHRs have had a perception problem over the years, as many cardiologists expressed issues with federal requirements and altering the ways they deliver patient information in their practices. However, the source also noted that there have been improvements to software on the horizon.
Specific cardiology benefits from intelligent medical software
EHR templates, such as those offered from Meditab, can allow cardiologists to narrow down medical issues and ailments, some of which are extremely prevalent across all demographics. Here are a few cardiology-specific templates offered for physicians:
- Congenital heart disease
- Heart murmur evaluations
- Papillary muscle dysfunction
- E&M coding
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Valvular heart diseases
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Cardiac arrhythmia and tumors
- Stress tests
- Myocardial perfusion studies
- Prosthetic valve
Other cardiology EHR features and benefits:
- IMS Go mobile device access: Cardiologists are known to be on to go, so mobile device access to these features and benefits are a must.
- Meaningful use certified and ICD-10 compliant: Software needs to comply with federal regulations in order to receive incentive payments and offer better options for their patients.
- Referral management: In most cases, cardiologists will have to handle referrals from primary care physicians.
- Scalable solutions: The size of a cardiology practice may vary, so software that works with offices small and large is also important.
- Linear viewer: A patient's cardiology history will often revolve around factors like family history and other actionable items need on a clinical flow chart.