Best EMR Software for 2020
Few industries have undergone such speedy transformation from anal...
Healthcare Global takes a look at the best EMR Software solutions available in 2020.
Few industries have undergone such speedy transformation from analogue to digital as the Healthcare industry. This shift is most notable within the adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) systems, generally called electronic health records (EHR) systems.
These sprawling software platforms provide ways for taking clinical notes throughout patient encounters, prescribing medications, and ordering and reviewing research laboratory results. Through their several integrations, they work hand-in-hand with applications like practice management software system, that helps medical practices manage patient appointments and billing. EMRs became the central systema nervosum of a medical practice's clinical operations – they function a serious touchpoint for the rest of the practice's business operations.
The biggest challenge when selecting and implementing an EMR system is, of course, the quality of the system. It is troublesome to know all the capabilities of an EMR initially at first, which means the buying journey is full of multiple demonstrations, trial periods and queries for sales representatives. Even then, it is arduous to know exactly that system is going to be the simplest fit for your practice.
This guide is intended to make your buying journey easier by giving insights into what to look for in an EMR system and the way to settle on the one that's right for your team. We've additionally reviewed major software suppliers and elect that systems stood out from alternative software solutions.
Best EMR Overall
AdvancedMD, our pick as the best EMR system, is a comprehensive system that offers a variety of implementation options. AdvancedMD offers solutions for both large and small practices, with manageable pricing and regular opportunities to secure discounts on the software. It can be coupled with AdvancedMD's practise management software or a third-party solution. AdvancedMD integrates with the systems of large labs like Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp. AdvancedMD is a great option for a practice that's willing to spend a little extra for a high-quality solution that is also user-friendly, reliable and effective.
In November 2019m AdvancedMD has released several updates to its integrated practice management software and EMR system. Among the most significant changes is the addition of a benchmark reporting tool for practice performance indicators, along with a history tab that shows the details of past patient encounters. The benchmark reporting tool can also be used to compare practice performance with the requirements set by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services for MIPS/MACRA compliance. In addition to these changes, AdvancedMD has made minor updates to patient charting and the reporting module.
The Most Customizable EMR Solution
Greenway Health's electronic medical record software, known as Intergy, offers a highly flexible experience that can be tailored to suit an individual user's preference. There are multiple ways to navigate the software, and you can use hotkeys, favourites and bookmarks to expedite workflows.
The interface appears dated at first; however, the significant level of customization soon overcomes any concerns with the software's lack of aesthetics. Intergy can help practices streamline their operations significantly. For example, Intergy has an actions and events tool that can be used to automate several tasks commonly performed in practices.
EMR With the Fastest Implementation
NextGen offers an EMR that can be quickly deployed. Implementation includes free training sessions. This web-based EMR can be up and running in as little as eight weeks; expedited implementation is available upon request. NextGen has one of the fastest implementations of the companies we reviewed. While the software itself is not the most intuitive, the learning curve isn't too steep, and with guided training included at no extra cost, your staff should be able to master it relatively easily.
In February 2020, NextGen Healthcare announced this month that it is partnering with Doctible to provide an add-on platform to its EMR system and practice management software. Doctible's patient communication and retention platform enables real-time patient feedback to healthcare providers. It can also be used to automate some back-office tasks and improve medical practice's operational efficiency. Doctible will be available as an add-on to the core NextGen Healthcare EMR system at an extra fee.
Easiest EMR to Use
CareCloud is a strong EMR program that is easy to navigate. Tools are organized in an intuitive way from appointment-setting and check-in to the exam and the collection of payment afterwards. In addition, CareCloud offers customizable templates and a favourites tool, which allow users to expedite their workflows once they become intimately familiar with the system. The software can be purchased as a stand-alone solution or as part of an integrated bundle with practice management software. The EMR software starts at $279 per provider per month. CareCloud's medical billing service includes access to all its healthcare IT products at no extra cost. This package, known as Concierge, charges a percentage of net collections.
Microsoft launches Tech for Social Impact for elderly care
Microsoft Tech for Social Impact, the tech giant's division offering tools for non profit organisations, has announced it is expanding to include aged care non profits around the world.
This means that non profit organisations helping elderly residents in nursing homes or with other daily support will now be eligible for technology grants and discounts of up to 75%, as well as training and capacity building to help with digital transformation.
The care home sector has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for some of the most vulnerable people in society. As a result organisations around the world have been deploying innovative technologies, such as IoT to create monitoring solutions that enable independent living, through to AI-driven robots that provide companionship as well as alert the user's care team if there are any changes to their symptoms.
The German Red Cross (DRK) is an early adopter that is already benefitting from this programme expansion as part of Microsoft Tech for Social's pilot scheme. DRK provides services and assistance to over 40,000 people at more than 500 aged care facilities in Germany, with a further 90,000 receiving care in their own homes.
Thanks to Microsoft 365 cloud technologies such as SharePoint and OneDrive, along with Teams for communication, DRK was able to continue its daily work even at the height of the pandemic crisis. Residents of DRK facilities used Teams to keep in touch with relatives despite restrictions to visits, and there are plans to continue using these channels in the future to prevent isolation among residents.
Following the pilot’s success, the programme will offer discounts and grants to eligible organisations for its Microsoft cloud stack including Business Applications, Azure and Modern Work, leveraging the firm's sector-specific tools with Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit which will be generally available in the second half of 2021.
Microsoft estimate that around 75,000 new non profit organisations around the world will be eligible for the programme.