The Evolution of Ophthalmology EMR Software

When meaningful use was first introduced, many ophthalmologists had to make a decision as to how and when they should adopt an ophthalmology EMR system. Should they adopt early in order to take advantages of the incentives, or wait and see what changes came about? The main concern in waiting was not to wait so long that they were penalized. After initial consideration, receiving the incentives was a factor that made many decide to move forward quickly. With so many ophthalmic EMR software options available, many physicians made decisions based on price or a system that seemed easy to use. By 2015, 60% of physicians were looking to replace their current systems.

In researching what motivated physicians to look for a new software vendor, it was found that 24% found their current EHR too cumbersome or faulty. Many chose a system that was not specialty specific and found that it did not meet their unique requirements. A pediatrician, for example, had different needs than someone looking for an ophthalmology EMR.  When asked what the best ophthalmology practice management software would include, this is the list of the top considerations:

• Patient Tracking
• Customizable Templates
• Regulatory Compliance
• E-prescribing
• Tablet/Mobile Integration
• Robust Reporting
• Lab Integration
• Appointment Reminders

So where does your practice fall in the ophthalmic EHR software cycle? Did you adopt early and take advantage of all of the incentives or did you wait until some of the initial dust had settled to find a system? Maybe you are part of the 60% looking for a new ophthalmic EMR system. Wherever you fall in the cycle, check out the myCare suite by Eye Care Leaders. We provide ophthalmology-specific software solutions from leading brands including iMedicWare and the Integrity EMR. Fully customizable EHR forms allow for an easier implementation. We also offer one of the best customer support teams in the industry. I hope you found the information in the report useful and if you are looking for a new EHR vendor, add iMedicWare, Integrity Practice Management, and the rest of the myCare suite to your list.

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