How to Build EMR Software for your Business?
Electronic Medical Record (EMR) management software allows you to record, store, use and maintain information that is usually collected in traditional paper medical records: first and last name, demographics, visits, diagnoses, test results, allergies, treatment contraindications, notes, etc. Further we will tell you how to develop such EMR software for your business.
More and more users are concerned not with unauthorized access to confidential medical information, but with data errors that can negatively affect the quality of treatment. At the same time, every fifth patient found such an error in his EMR. SourceBefore you start creating an EMR system for your business, you need to understand what kind of software you need: what tasks, functions, design, navigation, architecture, technologies you need to implement. To understand all this, you need to perform the following steps (research):
7 Key Elements of HIPAA Compliance for EMR and EHR Services. SourceSo, to understand how to create EMR software, you need to study the laws related to medical application development and sensitive data. These are the key laws and certification systems in the US and EU:
Top 10 functional and design issues EMR / EHR users face. Source
Patient registration. When a patient first comes to the hospital or makes an appointment, the front office needs to get their information - name, age, address, insurance company - and enter this data into the system. Some EMR software allows you to scan your driver's license and insurance cards by automatically filling in many of the required fields.
Planning, calendar. After registering a patient in the system, you can add him to the schedule of appointments and assign him a specific doctor. Typically, scheduling tools resemble a calendar, where you can select the type of meeting, date and time, contact information, lead source, etc.
Patient record. Detailed tracking of the history of diseases and their treatment, prescribed medications and contraindications. This feature increases the doctor's chances of making a correct diagnosis in a short time and making the right decision about treatment. Also, based on the many medical histories, it is possible to understand how effective the treatment is (whether medications and medical practices work).
Filling out medical records. This is the least favorite activity among doctors in the whole world. Therefore, one of your main tasks when developing software for an EMR system is to make this process as simple and understandable as possible, as well as automate it where possible. This can be achieved with custom templates, machine learning and blockchain technologies.
Integration with laboratories. It is needed to simplify, improve and speed up the interaction between hospitals and laboratories. For example, you can implement in your EMR the function of tracking the delivery of samples to the laboratory and outputting the results directly to the system, which will give more complete control over the treatment process and eliminate errors associated with manual transfer of data from laboratory to medical records.
Reminders, notifications. Automatic appointment reminders sent to patients by email or SMS will save a lot of time and reduce the number of missed appointments. For doctors, this option is also useful, as it allows you to concentrate on treating patients and not waste time memorizing the schedule of all events and appointments.
Electronic recipes. These are tools that track patient prescriptions, including information about what types of treatment they are receiving now and in the past. Advanced EMR software can automatically warn that a new prescribed drug should not be taken along with the one the patient is currently taking.
Making reports. EMR management software typically includes a suite of analysis and reporting tools that provide an overview of information about patients, doctors, and the clinic as a whole.
Patients portal. The electronic health record management system should also include a user interface for patients that provides them with access to the following data:
Front-end. Includes all software elements with which end users interact: doctors and patients. This is the user interface and the interface of the EMR system. The table below lists the most commonly used development tools for the three main platforms.
Back-end. The server part of the EMR system, which works with information and corresponds to the place where the main service functions are performed and transmitted with the necessary results to the front-end component of the system. This is what the technology stack for internal EMR software development looks like:
EMR systems are complex software with very high safety and reliability requirements that can only be achieved through custom development, since WordPress and website builders simply cannot provide even minimal protection of personal data. Where to find someone who can be entrusted with such development is described in detail and with examples in the article «How to choose a developer company».
When you select a developer, the EMR creation process will be like this:
#1. Step 1: understand which EMR you need
#2. Step 2: study the relevant laws
#3. Step 3: decide on the functionality of the system
#4. Step 4: select the API technology stack
#5. Step 5: get started developing EMR
#6. The cost of creating EMR software