Why all allergists need IMS in their practice

Allergy specialists and immunologists rely on intelligent medical software for many reasons. Because these specialists depend on issues like test documentation, monitoring and protocol management, IMS is an essential component of any allergy practice.

Specific templates are crucial for diagnosing, treating and monitoring autoimmune issues like allergies. Without the proper management and quality-of-life assessments found in this type of software, significant obstacles can arise for both allergists and patients. This means that using just any EHR system is not going to be enough for this specialty. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, templates are very important in addressing the unique requirements of an allergy practice.

"Templates are crucial for diagnosing and monitoring autoimmune issues like allergies."

What researchers say about allergies and EHR templates
A 2012 study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, allergy alerts in particular were helpful for clinicians, especially since the most common allergy reactions were from drugs, foods and other materials. Because the alerts also provided important information about hospitalized patients, the health of entire practices improved. Allergy alerts can also differ depending on age and sex, so the more specific the EHR is, the better off the patient will be.

More recently, a 2014 article published in PLOS One showed that the way drug allergies are recorded in EHRs can vary widely. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult for clinicians to share important EHR information, including the risk of further reactions. Computerized health systems need to be more responsive and sophisticated to alert physicians about these issues, as drug reactions can have serious consequences for patients.

IMS features for allergists and immunologists
With specific templates that address a wide variety of allergy-related issues and symptoms, clinicians don't need to worry about reporting or documenting updated patient data. Here are some other excellent features of IMS that are a perfect addition to any allergy practice:

  • Several allergy-specific tasks, such as shot schedule updates, shot modules, skin tests, reaction checking and treatment, last shot follow-ups and automated immunotherapy billing. 
  • HIPAA-compliant software for single- and multi-physician practices.
  • Administrative tasks such as form fillers, lab order and tracking software, check-in and check-out capabilities, billing and collections, and a health care portal. 
  • Health maintenance reminders that allow physicians to stay on track with patients. 

Allergies and other autoimmune issues are some of the most prevalent health conditions and affect a wide variety of demographics. As such, it's crucial for health care professionals to implement medical software that caters to these specific needs. 

Improved cardiology patient outcomes with EHRs

Intelligent medical software has the potential to greatly increase the patient experience for many patients, including the increasing amount of individuals suffering from cardiovascular conditions. The use of electronic health records has grown in the health care field significantly to bolster patient outcomes, and since cardiovascular diseases are so prevalent, cardiologists have a unique chance to boost clinical outcomes with these advancements.

Major cardiological health associations are onboard with EHRs
In 2013, both the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association revealed a set of key data elements and definitions for EHRs. These efforts were aimed at improving clinical management for patients with acute coronary syndromes and coronary heart disease. These organizations stated that these efforts could aid in interoperability and allow researchers to better collect data for studies pertaining to these conditions in the future.

"We hope that these data definitions can advance research and clinical care, to increase the adoption of both proven old therapies and new innovations in cardiology," Dr. Christopher Cannon, chair of the writing committee and cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, explained in an ACC press release. "This advancement can support our ultimate goal – to improve outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease."

EHRs can save time for cardiologists, allowing them to spend more time with patients.

Cardiovascular diseases and the patient experience
Cardiology is an important field in medicine, especially since many individuals are faced with these diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012, 11 percent of Americans were told that they had heart disease and 24 percent were informed on two or more doctor visits that they were suffering from hypertension. This means that doctors need the best possible technological innovations at hand to create better outcomes, find out what treatments are best for an individual and improve risk prediction.

EHR tools for cardiologists
Intelligent medical software allows cardiologists to look at a variety of specialty templates for many cardiovascular illnesses, including hypertension and congenital heart disease. Because many of these diseases stem from lifestyle habits and family history, a linear view of a patient's history must be comprehensive, which can be attained in an EHR.

Cardiologists are very busy, especially in hospital settings. Intelligent medical software eliminates labor-intensive chart pulls and refiling so that doctors can spend more time bedside. What's more, patient education materials for cardiological tests, procedures and disease management can all be delivered within a patient portal.