Five of the best EHR systems for cardiologists
Cardiology practices looking for specialty-specific EHRs have a number of products available in the marketplace.
A sizable percentage of these products are offered by vendors who offer a variety of other general or specialty EHR products, yet do not focus only on cardiology specific products. Unlike other specialty practice areas, there has not been an emergence of vendors who are specialty-focused.
As such, cardiologists searching for a cardiology EHR will be left to select from vendors whose product range include general EHRs and a number of specialty areas. Despite a lack of cardiology only vendors in the market, there is still a number of products that offer a well-designed product for cardiology practices.
1. Merge Cardio (IBM)
Merge Cardio offers a cardiology specific web-based EHR, recently ranked #1 in the KLAS cardiology rankings. Merge Cardio offers a centralized and easily accessible web-based view of a patient’s complete record from all cardiology modalities. The system also provides interoperable image exchange that can expedite sharing of image-based clinical records within a practice and across care settings. Merge also offers a sophisticated automated billing function that can increase the speed of reimbursements.
2. Objective Medical Systems (OMS EHR)
Objective Medical Systems, offers cloud-based cardiology-focused EHR. OMS EHR offers a comprehensive cardiology practice solution, with 16 available reporting modules for all popular diagnostics. It also has the ability to interface with a cardiologist’s diagnostic equipment so that results may be viewed directly within the EHR without any scanning or manual document management required.
drChrono’s cloud-based patient care platform offers practices the ability to customize the EHR’s interface and functionality at the point of care and through its mobile applications available on iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. In addition to EHR, drchrono also includes scheduling, billing, and patient reminders. An interesting feature included in the drChrono system is its patient portal module which allows providers to maintain constant communication with patients and allows easy communication of patient data such as daily blood pressure readings.
4. Athena cardiology EHR (Athenahealth)
Athenahealth cardiology EHR provides cloud-based services with integrated revenue cycle management, medical billing, patient engagement, care coordination, and population health management, as well as point-of-care mobile apps that integrate with the main EHR. Athena’s system also allows providers to collect, analyze and generate reports on the quality of care and other patient data.
NueMD offers a cloud-based and integrated EHR and practice management solution. NueMD allowed users to access an array of medical billing options including the ability to offer a HIPAA-compliant claims clearinghouse. integrated credit card processing and one-click paper claims. NueMD contains highly customizable cardiology templates and also contains text entry or dictation-based data entry which assists in pulling providers way from data entry tasks and allows them to focus more on face to face encounters with their patients.
The cardiology EHR market offers a well-rounded array of products, however, the market is still ripe for cardiology-specific vendors to enter, which may further increase the quality of the products currently servicing this area.
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