Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have been designed to drive more productivity at practices, while improving healthcare of patients. For a specialty practice, it is recommended that they adopt an EHR which is specific to their practice needs and workflow. Same goes for Oncology.
Oncologists have the option to adopt an Oncology EHR that can be purchased from the market after some careful research. Some vendors offer Oncology specific modules that can be integrated into a general EHR to make it practice specific. Others offer EHRs that have been specifically designed and developed for Oncologists from the scratch.
Oncology patients require complex treatments that stretch over a long period of time, resulting in extensive data recording and management. Generic EHRs do not offer Oncology specific modules to assist physicians to identify symptoms, apply procedures and treatment of the patients.
Some useful features
A suitable EHR for Oncologists should offer features that are integral to patients’ diagnosis and treatment, such as:
- Calculation and administration of drug dosage during chemotherapy
- Specific charts and diagrams to assist physician in diagnosis
- Manage and follow-up clinical trials
- Oncology specific provider note templates
- Comprehensive library
- Integrated charge capture for billing
How Oncologists benefit?
Specialty EHR acts as a support system for Oncologists that enables them to create most detailed medical record that result in timely and accurate diagnosis and treatment of patients. Oncologists can remain updated with patients’ conditions and modify medication and cancer treatment accordingly.
Specialty EHRs support Oncologists gives complete access to patients’ past and current medical records and library that prompts a timely calculation of the patient’s stage of cancer, as mentioned in the American Joint Committee of Cancer’s staging criteria (AJCC).
Some of the other benefits include the interoperability functionality that is extremely helpful to Oncologists. Most of the cancer patients have more than one physicians providing them treatment simultaneously. This is necessary for each physician to be aware of the medication and treatment provided to the patient, so that there is no clash that may be fatal for the patient.