Providing care for women’s health requires strong support, resources, the latest technology, and patient education. Achieving success means you need more than just a standard electronic health record (EHR) because documentation is extensive. It’s important to choose an EHR with extra capabilities. Look for these 7 features when choosing an EHR for an obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) practice:
- Mobility. It’s crucial to have access to information whenever your patient calls, no matter where you are located. Look for a cloud-based solution that is complemented by a robust, mobile, HIPAA-compliant app that allows easy access to your office anywhere, anytime. This accessibility should be available on multiple devices —laptop, desktop, tablets, and mobile phones.
- SOAP note templates. Minimize time documenting a patient encounter. Look for an EHR that includes standard OB/GYN clinical encounter subjective, objective, assessment, and plan (SOAP) templates utilizing the recommended guidelines for the practice of obstetrics and Gynecology. Make sure that you can personalize the EHR to your style by creating customized templates to support your unique requirements.
- Added tools. Look for features and tools that document OB/GYN history, including interactive pregnancy flow sheets, always-visible key pregnancy indicators, recommended OB lab testing, antepartum reporting, and clinical decision support that can alert you to gaps in care. OB/GYNs also have specific ICD and CPT codes, so the EHR should allow for simple selection and processing of these codes.
- System interoperability. The solution should have a wide range of capabilities, including electronic lab order management, clinical messaging, ePrescribing, clinical documentation tools, document management, and multi-system interoperability. An optional practice management module or revenue cycle management service can further enhance practice efficiency.
- Storage. An EHR with cloud storage ensures access to ultrasound images and patient data anytime, anywhere, without worrying about system capacity.
- Reporting. Look for enhanced reporting and informatics. In addition, ensure that the EHR meets standards set by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, so you can take advantage of government reimbursement programs. For example, to report for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) you must use an EHR with 2014 or 2015 Edition Certification.
- Security. Your EHR must protect patient and practice information, so verify that it complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). To keep data confidential, the EHR should have features that allow practices to send secure emails to other providers on the patient’s treatment team.
To learn how the Quanum™ EHR can meet your OB/GYN requirements, call us at 1.888.491.7900, or download our case study, to see how Dr. Michael Barnthouse and his team use the Quanum EHR at their Gynecology practice.