If you’re looking for an electronic health record (EHR) system for your practice, cost and ease of use are the top priorities. You should also be concerned about the implementation process – how long will it take, are there additional fees, will the company train your staff? These considerations impact every practice, regardless of its specialty or focus.
As a specialist, though, you have an added challenge to consider: How well will a system adapt to your unique needs? A dermatologist might want to consult specific templates for their specialty, while a psychiatrist might have specific concerns around free-text applications, to track personal details of each patient they engage with. Beyond that, each practice will have its own culture and workflows; how well an EHR can adapt to these needs is an important barometer to determine how well it will fit.
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While factors that are important for any practice, like a system’s usability, are still high priorities, adaptability and customization are key for a specialist’s EHR system.
Our Recommendations for Specialists
Here are three recommended systems that focus on tailoring their EHRs to specialists. To learn more about how we chose these, see our methodology section below.
- Modernizing Medicine: Known as the Electronic Medical Assistant (EMA), Modernizing Medicine’s EHR is intended to be customized for the end user, no matter what the specialty. With costs ranging from $500 to $750 per month per provider, EMA is a relatively affordable system. Moreover, physicians who have used it have overwhelmingly positive things to say about its ease of use and the vendor’s support. The system is easy and intuitive to use, and it supports a vast array of specialties and sub-specialties. The biggest strength of ModMed’s EMA is that it delivers a clear, anatomical model that can help specialists clearly identify patient problems and pain points.
- AdvancedMD, Inc.: A pricier option, but one that is characterized by usability, specification and responsive support. The AdvancedEHR was quoted to us at an upfront cost of $6,000, though we were told that fee could be largely waived by signing a one-year contract. Beyond the startup cost, the estimated cost of AdvancedEHR was $729 per month per provider for the integrated practice management and cloud-hosted EHR system, and the company says they’re happy to design the system in a practice-specific manner. The standalone EHR begins at as little as $169 per user per month, but the above pricing reflects fees and integrated module costs.
- NueMD: NueMD’s EHR solution features more than 100 preset specialties, which is by far the most we’ve come across among the EHRs we’ve considered. Starting at $200 per user per month after startup costs, the system is relatively affordable. Moreover, it is highly customizable in terms of templates and workflows, meaning that even if your needs aren’t met by the wide array of presets, you can still incorporate the system into your practice culture. The company will work with your practice during implementation to remove the modules you won’t need, ensuring that you only pay for what you will use. Strong interoperability accompanies a versatile system to make NueMD’s EHR one of our best picks for specialists.