Use of Electronic Medical Records in Pediatric Clinics
Treating younger patients from age 0 onwards can be challenging. For one, children’s constitutions are more delicate than adults. Thus, their needs are unique, so a Pediatric Clinic needs an Electronic Medical Records System that can cater to patients.
Firstly, a Pediatric EMR provides customized templates and reports. Also, it has the standard Advantages of EMR Systems, such as:
- • Helps Pediatric Clinics or institutions conveniently manage patient needs;
- • Is accessible via a Cloud-based system;
- • Efficiently generates reports and billing;
- • Complies with Data Privacy Laws and Security Measures; and
- • Has regular automated backups.
Such a solution can make Pediatric Clinics’ work much easier by automating several routine (and perhaps tedious) processes. In addition, in 2016, 94% of United States pediatricians were using an EHR or Electronic Health Records System.
EMRs in the Philippine Healthcare Industry are steadily progressing. Thus, Pediatric Healthcare Institutions have an opportunity to use such systems in their own practice. One particular perk of Electronic Medical Records Systems includes medication dosage tables! Here are more benefits of such a system:
THE BENEFITS OF EMR SYSTEMS IN PEDIATRIC CLINICS
SPEEDS UP DOCUMENTATION AND REPORTING
With an EMR System, medical practitioners and staff don’t have to spend too much time manually recording patient information. Charting, updates, and documentation are more streamlined. Of course, EMRs have the necessary Documents that all systems should have. As a result, a Pediatric Clinic can focus on the bigger picture.
Additionally, Pediatric Clinic Records can be sent to the appropriate medical professionals or authorities the situation requires. This is beneficial for vaccination registries in particular.
CREATE SPECIALIZED TEMPLATES OR FORMS FOR CARE
An Electronic Medical Records System contains forms tailored to a Pediatric Clinic’s needs. So clinic staff with the appropriate authorization can record the data in the proper fields. Then, the electronic document can be printed out or sent as reports as needed.
In addition to keeping track of patient details, templates for pediatric practitioners can also help detect and prevent diseases. Also, they can help promote healthy practices to patients. Thus, a Pediatric Clinic’s EMR provides better-quality healthcare in only a few clicks.
TRACKS PATIENT IMMUNIZATIONS
The system can assist Pediatric Clinics in tracking immunizations or vaccinations. 68.3% of children under two years old had the “combined seven-vaccine series.” Naturally, the series includes these vaccines:
- DTP or Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis;
- MMR or Measles, Mumps, Rubella;
- Hib or Haemophilus influenzae type B;
- Hep B or Hepatitis B;
- Chickenpox; and
- PCV or Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
Also, the EMR helps a clinic track vaccine inventory and immunization records.
Firstly, the EMR will provide alerts and suggestions for vaccines. For instance, the system can indicate when and how many vaccines to stock depending on currently existing stock. In addition, nurses can see if patients need a particular vaccine or not.
PROVIDES RECALL REPORTS FOR REPEAT OR SCHEDULED VISITS
Some clinic patients may have to return for subsequent visits, such as checkups, immunizations, etc. So, recall reports on EMRs can keep track of patient return visit schedules. Such reports are highly beneficial for child patients that require follow-up, especially those with chronic conditions.
BETTER TRIAGE CARE
An Electronic Medical Records System can provide support for Pediatric Nurses that deal with triage. Pediatric Triage Systems can help assess a child patient in the Emergency Room. Then, nurses or authorized users can add notes from triage to patient records. So, valid and reliable PTS in the Emergency Department, according to a 2020 study, include the:
- Manchester Triage Scale;
- Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale; and
- Emergency Severity Index.
PROVIDES CONSULTATION SUMMARIES
Parents rely on pediatricians to help them provide healthcare for their kids. In addition, pediatricians can make parents’ jobs less complicated by providing information about their child’s healthcare. So, Dr. Barton Schmitt created Pediatric Care Advice handouts to answer this need.
However, every child is different, and no two have the exact needs or pace. Thus, child healthcare professionals give specific advice to parents. Also, if a parent relies on such generic handouts, it could result in self-medication.
On a more manual front, a baby book can cover such information. But for EMRs, a parent can rely on the consultation summary for information from their physician. After all, an Electronic Medical Records System generates consultation summaries so that parents or guardians have copies of the details of a doctor’s visit.
Physicians, in general, can provide healthcare-oriented handouts containing information or advice. Thus, child healthcare providers can go the extra mile and create free handouts for their visitors.
PROVIDES PEDIATRIC GROWTH CHARTS FOR TRACKING OVERALL HEALTH
As per WHO standards, a clinic can provide Pediatric Growth Charts. Additionally, an EMR System can offer specialized charts depending on the child’s medical conditions. However, their primary purpose is to track patient progress and growth.
PARENT OR GUARDIAN PARTICIPATION
Naturally, allergies, immunizations, and prescriptions are recorded on the system. But one critical feature of a Pediatric EMR is that parents or guardians can view their child’s digital charts. The child’s family, in general, can access the child patient’s records to assist in making medical decisions.
Again, things like physician or pediatricians’ personal notes and unreleased test results aren’t for patient or guardian eyes. Also, depending on the child’s age, certain areas may be hidden from non-patient eyes.
However, the patient’s guardians must keep their child’s records up-to-date. As a result, the updated records can be accessed anytime. Such records can be a massive help for guardians of children with chronic illnesses or who need to get healthcare from various providers.
UTILIZE ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS IN YOUR PEDIATRIC CLINIC TODAY!
Healthcare or medical treatment for children isn’t the same for adults. Thus, an Electronic Medical Records System for pediatricians makes medical practitioners’ and staff’s jobs easier. So, Pediatric Clinics can use it to efficiently manage patient records and requirements while complying with Data Privacy laws.
In addition, pediatricians and their staff can streamline documentation with specialized templates. Also, authorized users can track immunization, follow-up visits, triage care, and Growth Charts. Guardians can also be more involved with the help of Consultation Summaries.
Electronic Medical Records in the Philippines can be tailored to your Pediatric Clinic’s specifications.