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Peds Physicians Use Pediatric EHR for More Specialized Care

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

When pediatric physicians implement generic EHR systems, they often learn the hard way that their software of choice is not equipped to meet the needs of pediatric specialists. This is due to the fact that generalized software systems lack specialty-specific features and prevent physicians from replacing paper-based processes altogether, meaning that different workflows must be completed outside the electronic medical record software.

When patient data gets dispersed amongst various locations, it creates incomplete electronic health records, which can ultimately affect patient care. With pediatric EHR software, however, pediatricians benefit from specialty-specific configurations that make charting patient encounters more accurate and efficient. IMS’ pediatric EHR provides physicians with specialty-specific tools that help with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and illnesses in children.

Following are a few of the ways that pediatric EHR software allows physicians to provide more effective and specialized pediatric care:

1. Choose from templates designed for pediatric specialists.

Pediatricians face a unique problem, which is that physical examinations can be very different for a newborn than for a pre-pubescent child. Because of this, having generic templates can create extra work or even cause important data to be left out of the EHR. With pediatric-specific software systems, however, physicians are able to select exam templates based on a child’s age, symptoms, or specific behavioral disorders.

Modules for pediatric EHR software feature common pediatric issues such as child psychology, newborn complaints and birth injuries, APGAR and BALLARD scores, well child exams, and neonate examinations. Meanwhile, templates for behavior conditions include:

  • ADHD
  • Breath holding
  • Bruxism
  • Head banging
  • Pica
  • Tics
  • Autism
  • Learning disabilities & more

2. Create charts to map patient growth.

Ever since a child is born, height and weight measurements are a standard part of their yearly check-ups. This data can help pediatricians identify developmental problems by comparing the child’s growth to that of their peers, as well as by comparing their yearly growth to that of previous years. By using pediatric EHR software, physicians are able to enter height and weight data in one location in the EHR and it will automatically plot the information in the patient’s growth chart – a vital feature for any pediatric specialist.

3. Keep track of patient immunizations.

With immunization management tools, pediatricians can easily document and monitor the vaccines that each patient has had. Physicians can also set health follow-up reminders in their EHR to alert them when a child is due for their next vaccine.

Learn more about the many ways a pediatric-specific EHR can benefit your practice. Contact us today for a free demo.