Cardiology EHR: special features,
benefits & implementation guide

Cardiology EHR: special features, benefits & implementation guide

January 9, 2024

Cardiology market overview

cause of death in the US are heart diseases

CDC, 2021

cardiologists are actively employed in the US

US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022

CAGR is projected for the cardiology information system (CIS) market by 2028

Expert Market Research, 2022

Cardiology EHR functionality & architecture

Cardiology EMR and EHR software is built similarly to general-use systems with an addition of field-specific modules, templates, and terminology.

Admin interfaceSystem updates, fixes, upgrades, tuningInterface for patients & caregiversAppointment scheduling, data inputInformation viewingPrescription viewingePrescription moduleMedication prescriptionCardiology professionals’ interfaceTerminology & template libraryData storageAnalytical & reporting moduleOther third-party integrations (telehealth apps, healthcare CRM, hospital management software, etc.)Data from RPM devicesLaboratory information systemEHR software

General features

  • Complete medical history and PHI storage
  • Appointment scheduler and reminder
  • Comprehensive dashboards with medical information
  • Task trackers and reminders
  • Practice management module
  • Symptomatic pattern identification
  • Health condition forecasting
  • Treatment effectiveness assessment
  • Insurance information storage
  • Payer details specification
  • E-prescriptions
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Role-based access control
  • Data encryption
  • Secure data transfer channels and protocols

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Cardiology EHR success cases

Healthcare professionals who use cardiology EHR/EMR and practice management software admit improved productivity, reduced costs, and more time to focus on patient engagement instead of tedious documentation tasks.

Medical Colleagues of Texas increases efficiency with Greenway EHR

20%

better practice efficiency

Example by Greenway Health

An independent medical practice with specialists from family physicians to cardiologists adopted the Greenway EHR and practice management solution because of its highly customizable nature. Specialists modify the system depending on their needs and patient population, which helps them simplify day-to-day operations and see a significant boost in productivity.

Kafri Heart And Vascular Clinic facilitated patient care via PrognoCIS EHR

0

crashes in over 10 years

Example by PrognoCIS EHR

Dr. Hassan Kafr, an interventional cardiologist in Chula Vista, CA, has noticed a significant reduction in documentation management costs after implementing a cloud-based EHR solution. Over the years, he remained happy with the system’s reliability and scalability, as he was able to add new features with little effort on his staff’s part. He has also never experienced issues with the PrognoCIS software.

Cardiology EHR integrations

Healthcare software brings greater benefits if interconnected in one IT ecosystem. Our experts help medical practices integrate EHRs with the rest of their systems to achieve flawless healthcare interoperability.

Core integrations
Telehealth
Hospital management systems
Medical devices
Pharmacy management software
Revenue cycle management
Patient portals

Boost profitability by enabling virtual cardiology services. Help your clinicians properly diagnose and prescribe treatment to remote patients during telemedicine sessions by granting them easy access to electronic medical records.

Streamline the majority of administrative tasks (e.g., schedule appointments and follow-ups, organize shifts, and distribute resources) according to real-time patient needs recorded in the EHR.

Connecting EHR or EMR system to remote patient monitoring wearables or medical equipment that records ECG, or takes cardiac MRI to automate data entry into the system.

Go beyond e-Rx solutions, simplify, and optimize medication ordering for your clinic by connecting electronic health records to pharmacy software.

Revenue cycle management

Get reimbursement for your care faster by adding insurance information to your EHR and medical billing services to your health IT ecosystem.

Encourage your patients to participate more actively in their own healthcare by allowing them to view and manage their personal and health details.

How to choose cardiology EHR software

The choice of an EHR software system depends on clinical and business requirements, connectivity capabilities, as well as the budget, and size of a particular organization. We recommend using the diagram below to determine which solution works best for your practice. Keep in mind that regardless of its functionality, your EHR should comply with HIPAA and other regulators and standards depending on the country.

We can help you choose a plug-and-play commercial EHROur experts can help you build a customized and affordable open-source EHROur experts can build a uniquely tailored custom solution to fit your practiceOur integration team can help you get more value from your EHR with add-ons and fine-tuningDoes your organization already use an EHR/EMR software?Will general out-of-the box solution's functionality be enough?Does it cover all your requirements?Can you afford paying a subscription fee to use an out-of-the box EHR?Can you afford building
a custom EHR?Do you require extensive customizations?Would you like to upgrade it with additional modules?YesNoYesYesNoNoYesYesNoNoYesYesNo

On-premises vs cloud-based cardiology EHR

Hospitals with cardiology departments, clinics, and independent practices can choose between the on-premises and cloud EHRs. Each type has its own advantages and limitations that should be considered before making a decision.

Cloud-based

On-premise

Adoption

Cloud-based

On-premise

Requires minimal hardware and infrastructure changes, except for high-speed connectivity

Requires hardware, workflows, and infrastructure changes, as well as longer adoption time

Pricing

Cloud-based

On-premise

Lower upfront fees but higher lifetime costs

Higher initial payment but lower lifetime costs

Accessibility

Cloud-based

On-premise

Patient records are accessible from anywhere via the internet

Patient records are accessible online and offline from the organization’s facilities

Vulnerability

Cloud-based

On-premise

Requires continuous security upgrades against cyberattacks

Requires additional security measures against internal threats

Reliability

Cloud-based

On-premise

Patient data is stored and backed up on servers outside an organization’s facilities under vendor’s protection

Organization is responsible for the system’s backups and data recovery in case of a failure

Customization

Cloud-based

On-premise

Can be customized quickly but with limited options

Takes longer to customize but can be tuned more accurately to a particular organization’s needs

Cardiology EHR implementation roadmap

Our experts support cardiologists throughout all stages of EHR implementation, providing consultation, development, tuning, integration, data migration, and post-deployment support services.

1

Preparation

Define main EMR/EHR requirements and tech stack
Map out crucial workflows and outline main project milestones
Work out a data governance strategy to ensure effective and sustainable system adoption

2

Implementation

Develop EHR/EMR software or tune the existing system according to your practice’s needs
Integrate other healthcare software and hardware
Migrate data from one system to another if needed
Perform all-round quality assurance and ensure compliance with security and meaningful use requirements

3

Post-deployment

Monitor the system’s performance
Resolve any issues that come up
Update and upgrade the system
Train your personnel

Top cardiology EHR platforms

A suitable EHR/EMR platform is essential for successful solution implementation and quick ROI. Our specialists help healthcare providers pick the most fitting solution for their practice and then timely implement it staying within the available budget.

Notable features
  • Сustomizable clinical workflow design
  • Electronic medical records
  • eRx
  • PACS connectivity
  • Voice transcription
  • Referral management
  • Specialty templates
  • Medical billing services
  • Easy integration with other health IT systems
Compatibility
  • Mac, iPhone and iPad
    Mode of deployment
    • Cloud
    • Hybrid
    • On-premise
    Certification/compliance
    • HIPAA compliant
    • CCHIT
    • ONC-ACB
    • HL-7
    Pricing
    • $225-450 per month per provider, customization cost is available on request
    Demo
    • On request

    Benefits of EHR in cardiology

    Specialized EHRs have multiple advantages compared to less sophisticated clinical documentation management tools, helping cardiology practices become more productive and earn higher profits.

    Better health outcomes

    Specialized EHR software reduces mistakes associated with manual data entry to the patient history and aggregates structured health data that can be further processed by medical analytics systems. According to the Journal of Patient Safety’s research, the adoption of EHRs in cardiology, pulmonology, and surgery leads to significantly less in-hospital adverse reactions. Another study, presented in Sage Journals, shows that clinicians value EHR’s ability to present patients’ details quickly and accurately, which is paramount in most cardiology clinical situations.

    Lower burnout risk for cardiology professionals

    Clinicians come into healthcare to help patients lead longer, healthier lives and to treat pathological conditions rather than fill out documentation. However, many professionals do have to deal with lots of administrative tasks on top of patient care and they burn out quicker than those focused on their primary job. General-use EHRs are not the perfect solution as they are often over-complicated with multiple functions, which makes documentation management even more tiresome for clinicians. Systems tuned for specific practices solve this issue as they have strictly necessary fields and pre-defined templates for more straightforward usage.

    Increased profitability

    Enhanced patient care, happier personnel, and improved productivity due to properly implemented cardiology software lead to stronger patient loyalty, better staff retention, and opportunities for business growth. What’s more, certified EHRs help cardiology practices in the US participate in the government-supported incentive program, receiving reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

    Cardiology EHR challenges & potential solutions

    Despite many proven advantages of using a specialized EHR, healthcare professionals point out several issues. Our experts always offer support and advice during all stages of EHR adoption to help providers overcome common implementation challenges.

    Additional workload for personnel

    Poorly optimized EHR software adds to specialists’ work burden instead of reducing it. Also, medical professionals often find learning new software stressful, and find workarounds to avoid using EHRs altogether.

    Work with your software vendor to ensure that your system is tuned for your practice’s unique needs and arrange sufficient training for medical professionals. Listen to your employees’ feedback and act on it to make their experience better.

    Poor interoperability

    Even the most sophisticated cardiology EHR system can become useless if patient data gets siloed and inaccessible for other departments and practitioners.

    Discuss your interoperability concerns with your software provider. Opt for expert integration and data migration services to flawlessly connect all of your organization’s software and third-party tools.

    Security & reliability concerns

    Some practitioners are anxious about losing data or access to it due to system failure, problems with connectivity, or cyber attacks.

    Data protection and system backups are crucial parts of a data governance strategy in any healthcare organization. Consult with industry experts to understand how to set up your system in a secure and reliable way, so your data is always protected and available to designated specialists.

    Improve your cardiology services with specialized EHR

    Improve your cardiology services with specialized EHR

    While cardiologists are among practitioners who actively adopt EHRs, they are not always satisfied with general-use solutions. Thankfully, many EHR platforms can be tuned for cardiology practices to enhance healthcare delivery and reduce administrative workload. Itransition experts support healthcare organizations during the entire implementation process and help them gain all the benefits from their system.

    Improve your cardiology services with specialized EHR

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    FAQ

    EMR vs EHR, which is better for cardiology?

    What is the cardiology information system?

    Will using cardiology EHR grant me eligibility for the Medicare & Medicaid incentive program?

    Is cardiology EHR expensive?