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Electronic Medical Record Systems for Obstetrics and Gynecology

Remember your last trip to the dentist. The reclined, squeaky-leather chair, the beaming glow of the overhead light, the little swiveling sink off to the side, the dentist or dental hygienist rummaging through their small tray of various instruments; the angled mirror, periodontal probe, and, if you were really unfortunate, the dreaded drill. Now, take a moment to recall your last visit to your general practitioner. You most likely sat in a relatively bare room- save for a paper-lined, flat bed, a stethoscope, and perhaps a sphygmomanometer. It isn’t difficult to see why the two offices look so unique- different fields require different tools of the trade. What works for one, will not necessarily work for the other.

Obviously, every field of medicine is unique. The procedures, frequency of visits, implementation of care, amongst other things, all represent variables that affect how different practices are run. It should follow then that EMR systems have different functionalities and features to address these core differences. The current one-size-fits-all approach to EMR systems fails to recognize and appreciate how these differences can affect their meaningful use and effectiveness in the workplace.

Obstetrics and gynecology represent one field that requires individual EMR system functionality in order to effectively manage patient data. OB/GYNs are unique in that they are both a medical and surgical specialty, they are hospital and office-based, and they require different data and image displays than other medical or surgical disciplines. Practitioners of obstetrics and gynecology are currently feeling pressured to adopt systems that don’t address their needs in a meaningful way, and as a result are reluctant to make the switch. [Read more…]

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