Caring for kids is challenging; Your EHR shouldn’t be

Choosing the right EHR software for a pediatric practice can be relatively more challenging. This is because most EHRs are built from the perspective of an adult patient; and there are many vendors in the market selling adult EHRs morphed into a pediatric system.

This cheat sheet has been designed to help you ask the right questions while selecting pediatric specific EHR software. Just remember that a good system should help you manage patient encounters more efficiently by allowing you to see more patients while ensuring complete patient safety and security.


Does Practice Size have an effect on which EHR you should purschase?

Some software is better suited to small practices, others to larger ones. EHR software is designed for a certain number and type of user, with scalability in mind. Make sure the software you select is appropriate for the number of pediatricians in your practice.

[Also see: Yasin Pediatrics' transition to EHR]

EHR installed on your computer or EHR on Internet/Cloud?

You can purchase pediatric EHR software that is installed directly on your computer servers on-site at your practice (“client-server”) or pediatric EHR software that is located in the “cloud” that you access via the Internet (“cloud-based” or software-as-a-service -"SaaS"). Some pediatricians prefer client-server based EHR software since they feel more comfortable with HIPAA compliance when they control all the underlying data on their systems, despite the need to maintain and upgrade these systems periodically. Other pediatricians choose cloud-based EHR software because it can be accessed almost anywhere through the Internet. However, you are reliant on your Internet connection, so you need to make sure the quality and consistency of your Internet service is high.

[Free download: Five Benefits of Cloud Computing in Healthcare]

What certifications should the EHR have?

When selecting your pediatric EHR, you should make sure that it is tested and certified by an ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body (“ONC-ATCB”). The ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology) is the responsible agency for establishing EHR certification standards and certifying vendor EHR products. This is a prerequisite to obtaining MU Medicaid and Medicare incentives for adopting an EHR, and avoiding penalties for not adopting one.

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