Last updated: May 15, 2021
With so many options available in the market, selecting an EMR program specifically for your practice can be somewhat confusing. This choice becomes especially challenging when you have to choose between two types of architecture for your EMR software; web-based or server-based. Although it would be inaccurate to call one architecture better over the other, it’s very likely that one might be more beneficial for your particular practices than the other.
This guide will help you understand a server-based EMR program’s unique features, making it easier for you to select the right software. We’ll be discussing:
By definition, Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Software is designed to manage clinical data within a healthcare organization. They store online patient charts and records, print (or electronically send) prescriptions, track demographics, facilitate laboratories, and include templates for SOAP notes. Apart from EMR software, healthcare practices have on-premise systems to manage on-site activities. These systems are locally installed and hosted by the organization.
A server-based EMR software is an on-site installed EMR module. A direct connection with your practice and close proximity of it helps transfer critical patient data at a much faster rate than a web-based EMR software. Practices that require quick and fast data transfer prefer server-based EMR software.
Here is everything you need to know to get the most out of your Server-based EMR software.
Here are some features of Server-based software that help improve patient care, streamline your clinical workflows, and simplify administrative tasks.
Quick Access to Patient Information – Server-based EMR software has the upper edge when it comes to offering quick data transfer to view patient information.
Server-based CPT & ICD-10 coding – Server-based EHR software should also come equipped with all the specialty-specific codes you need. This will help you get paid faster from payers like employers, worker’s compensation payments, Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance companies.
Server-based Workflow Management - An effective Server-based EMR software should be able to manage your clinical workflows and streamline your operations. Intelligent workflows allow you to see and manage the patient flow through your practice in real-time. This allows you to assess the bigger picture and determine problems within the workflow. In this respect, your server-based EMR software should include:
Interoperability – A server-based EMR software needs to be integrated with other systems to allow a seamless flow of data from one software to another. This is particularly significant if you are using practice management software, which is a common EHR integration. In this respect, it is important that your server-based EMR software is able to accommodate:
HIPAA Compliance – A Server-based EHR software also needs to ensure patient information confidentiality and privacy through compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines.
Now that you know the necessary features of Server-based EMR software, it’s time to discuss the requirements you need to consider to select your EMR vendor. These can differ for each individual medical practice, based on size, specialty, or facility.
Vendor Size – What type of practices does your EMR vendor typically cater to? Some EMR vendors only provide services to small-scale practices, while others cater to large-scale practices. Therefore, if you have a small practice, paying for services that help large practices, won’t do much good. Similarly, large practices won’t be able to function with services designed for small practices.
Medical Specialty – Instead of adopting a one-size-fits-all approach, most EMR vendors customize their software templates for different kinds of medical specialists. These include cardiology, OB/GYN, internal medicine, pediatrics, and so on. Apart from these, templates for specialists with other designations, such as therapists, counselors, chiropractors, psychologists, and optometrists. This allows healthcare organizations to facilitate their workflow better according to their specific needs and requirements.
Facility Type – Every healthcare facility has different needs and requirements that they need to consider for their practice. For example, in-patient facilities, such as hospitals and acute care centers, need to manage additional details, such as shifts, physician rounds, and patient beds. On the other hand, ambulatory care facilities do not need to consider such factors. Therefore, you need to consider the specific needs and requirements of your healthcare facility before choosing an EMR vendor for your practice.
Certification – Vendor certification ensures patient information confidentiality and security and is perhaps one of the most important things to look for in a server-based EMR vendor. So make sure your vendor has ONC-authorized testing and certification body (ONC-ATCB) certification.
The majority of the EMR vendors focus on server-based EMR services to provide seamless services and enhance security.
An effective EMR software helps streamline your clinical workflows, simplify administrative tasks, and help reduce cost. Here are some of the most advantageous benefits of server-based EMR software.