Electronic health records have the potential to help many patients, especially when it comes to allergies and medications. When patients are suffering from chronic conditions, they will likely have to take several medications. Usually these types of patients have to see several specialists. Having all of the patient's medication allergies listed on their EHR can allow doctors to clearly see what their patient is taking and possible drug interactions.
According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, maintaining an active medication list in a patient's EHR is one of the objectives outlined in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' meaningful use program. Not only do these lists help protect patients, but they can also allow doctors to easily access a patient's information when prescribing a new medication or suggesting treatments during an appointment.
"Maintaining an active medication list is a CMS objective."
Why EHR medication allergy lists matter
A core measure of meaningful use requirements is that more than 80 percent of all unique patients that have visited an eligible professional have at least one entry or another indication that the patient has no known medication allergies. This must all be implemented in the EHR as structured data.
More features in allergy EHRs
In addition to allergy medication lists, doctors can benefit from EHR templates that are specifically catered to allergy issues overall. With health information exchange optimization, doctors can seamlessly share information about a patient, and these features are fully integrated into the system, so it won't impede physician workflow. Doctors also won't have to log into another portal in order to enter patient information into the HIE.
This is quite crucial, as a large number of Americans suffer from allergies. In fact, nasal allergies impact close to 50 million Americans each year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Having specialty templates can also allow allergists to enter codes and useful information pertaining to several conditions and treatments. AllergyEHR, one of Meditab's medical software platforms, features many of the functions, including:
- Follow-ups to a patient's last allergy shot.
- Shot modules.
- A shot schedule template.
- Dispensary information for allergy medications.
- Lab order and tracking features.
- Automated immunotherapy billing.
- Automated check-in capabilities.
- Skin test features.
- Customer support for AllergyEHR.
As EHRs become more advanced, it's important for doctors to know how to address allergy medications as well as seasonal allergies with medical software. Having all of this information in one streamlined portal can make life easier for medical staff and deliver better care.