Must-Have Features in EMR/EHR Systems

Must-Have Features in EMR/EHR Systems

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, June 10, 2021

The healthcare facilities must evaluate the EMR and EHR capabilities necessary for their organization before purchasing. 

FREMONT, CA: Accurate electronic health records are a matter of life and death and managing the numerous EMR/EHR features can be challenging. EMR and EHR software collect and standardize the information required for managing patients' medical records and treatment. It is essential to select an accurate system based on the specific EMR / EHR requirements.

Every medical practice is unique, and an occupational therapy clinic will not have the exact requirements of a behavioral medicine provider. Even though an EHR system might be comprehensive enough to serve both, choosing a specialized platform customized for a specific practice can reduce expenses, enhance adoption, and lead to improved patient care. Recognizing the organization's unique requirements will help choose the best solution to solve those needs and offer better patient care.

To determine what the practice requires from an EHR, healthcare facilities must first ask few guiding questions. They will have to consider several factors before deciding which system to purchase. Thinking about these factors ahead of time can help analyze and ensure users find the best solution for the medical software needs.

Functional Requirements

The abilities at the core of the process are referred to as functional EHR software requirements. Most of the platforms will provide some of these abilities, but not necessarily all of them, so it's critical to know precisely what the practice requires and what the specific solution offers when they first conduct research.

Health Information

The most fundamental role of EMR platforms is to maintain a record of the patient's health and treatment. It might also include decision-making features that warn providers about the potential risk trends and help in clinical decision-making.

Order Management

These EHR capabilities automate the interactions between the care provider, pharmacy, and patient. E-prescribing enables physicians to send an RX directly to the pharmacy of their preference, allowing patients to pick up their medications at a time and location that is convenient for them. It makes it easier for doctors to prescribe, search for, and view medications digitally. The electronic medication administration record (eMAR) functionality allows practices to monitor medication to prevent it from being abused and confirm that it is delivered to the correct person.


The capability of an EHR to communicate with multiple sources outside the practice is critical. These days patient portals have become extremely useful as it can communicate with patients and healthcare providers. Patients can access their medication records, lab results, appointment schedules, and educational resources through patient-centric portals. This can be accomplished through an in-system portal or software integration with a third party, such as Google Health.

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