Pediatric EHR: key features,
benefits, and leading platforms

Pediatric EHR: key features, benefits, and leading platforms

July 20, 2023

Pediatric EHR features

Pediatric EHRs have many features similar to general-use EHRs. These modules, however, cannot fully cover the everyday needs of a pediatric practice. This is why AHRQ and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have developed the Children’s Electronic Health Record Format, which describes the critical functionality, data elements, and other field-specific requirements for pediatric EHRs. Moreover, pediatric EHRs’ functionality can be enhanced with the help of third-party integrations.

General features

Patient profile

Documentation management

Insurance management

Appointment management


Clinical (pediatric) workflows

Medical templates

Reporting and analytics

Secure data exchange

Specific features

Immunization management

Infants and toddlers can miss a vaccine dose because their immunization schedule is tight and complex, and pediatricians typically struggle to keep track of it. EHRs keep the immunization registry (records of completed immunizations, including date, vaccine type and manufacturer, adverse reactions, and other essentials) and alert pediatricians and caregivers about an upcoming vaccination deadline.

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Pediatric EHR integrations

The healthcare industry is becoming increasingly digitized, so the number of software tools medical professionals use daily is growing. In order to protect patient data while maintaining efficient operations and accurate patient records, healthcare software must be interoperable. EHR often becomes the heart of a hospital ecosystem and integrates with other software based on the organization’s needs.

Pediatric EHR
Hospital management software
Revenue cycle management software
Healthcare CRM
Patient portal

Integrating EHR with practice management software brings together the administrative and clinical sides of a pediatric practice. It eliminates the need to duplicate information about initial and follow-up appointments, tasks for personnel, patients’ and doctors’ personal details, and care plans, which results in fewer errors and accelerated operations.

Revenue cycle management software

Connected billing and claim management software streamlines cash flows, accelerating the claim submission process and reducing the workload on professionals dealing with claim reimbursement, rejection, or validation. Also, pediatricians can get their reimbursement much easier.

Marketing and sales tools integration with pediatric EHR helps facilitate the client’s journey from a prospect to a patient. Accurate and secure data flow between such tools and EHR software is especially valuable in pediatrics, as parents or guardians purchase healthcare services, not patients.

Connecting EHR to telemedicine apps allows pediatricians providing remote patient care to have the child’s health information on hand during the session and share the meeting and treatment information with other professionals: family doctors, nurses, caregivers, and school or camp healthcare personnel.

Integrated patient engagement solutions allow parents, guardians, caregivers, and older children to manage health and medical records, notify their doctor about condition changes, or get educational resources. Coupled with other integrations, patient portals enable users to receive online consultations with their pediatrician or schedule an appointment.

Top pediatric EHR solutions

Most seasoned vendors offer on-premise or cloud-based EHR systems geared toward pediatric organizations. However, many of them are just general-use EHRs with a couple of add-ons. Therefore, we recommend choosing a solution that was developed as a pediatric one at its core.

Arguably the largest EHR vendor, Epic offers a cloud-based solution with all the essential functionality of a standard system and various add-on modules relevant to pediatricians. The company has recently cooperated with PediNotes to enhance its functionality with pediatric practice management, neonatal/infant-focused features, data analytic capabilities, and pediatrics-specific information. This software is most suitable for large and medium practices, while smaller pediatric care providers might turn to cheaper systems with less advanced functionality.

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Data source: — Epic EMR Software, 2022

Epic EHR

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How to choose pediatric EHR software

When choosing EHR, pediatric providers face multiple options, which can be very confusing, especially for professionals who have never used EHR before. We recommend using the guide below as a starting point to learn what exactly you are looking for in your pediatric EHR software.

Clinical and administrative requirements
Outline your practice’s main workflows and decide which points to improve with the help of EHR. Furthermore, you can draft a list of requirements for the system and start looking for corresponding features in the software currently on the market.
Security and backup options
Check if the system you are considering complies with industry regulations. Pediatric EHRs must be HIPAA-compliant and have data encryption and other advanced security mechanisms to protect your patients’ data. You should also consider the desired backup model and check if your EHR supports it.
Scalability and mobility
Your practice will grow over the years, new technologies will emerge, and you may need to add more features and integrate additional software with your EHR. Therefore, choose a system that is easy to integrate with third-party software and can be expanded or upgraded with additional modules.
Implementation cost
Discuss the implementation budget, including the hidden costs, with your tech partner. Besides, you can allocate part of the implementation budget for hardware, software, or network upgrades, personnel training, EHR integration with other tools, and user support and training.
Ease of use
Keep your personnel informed about the future EHR. Take into account their opinions on the desired functionality and interface. If you’re looking for your first EHR, choose a vendor with comprehensive training materials and good customer support.

Pediatric EHR implementation roadmap

Our experts will implement a pediatric EMR or EHR system for an organization of any size. We offer consultation, development, data migration, system modernization, and support services.



Our team helps pediatricians define requirements for their future system and choose the relevant tech stack.



We draw out the project’s milestones, determine a realistic timeline, and develop a solution compliant with industry standards.

We integrate the pediatric EHR solution with other relevant healthcare software or develop complementary mHealth apps.

Throughout the entire implementation process, our experts conduct quality assurance and test runs.

We implement the pediatric EHR into the organization’s IT ecosystem and migrate relevant data.



Our support team monitors software performance, delivers improvements and updates, and solves any issues that come up during the system’s usage. We also provide user training whenever needed.

Pediatric EHR benefits

While most pediatricians still implement general-practice EHR systems, specialized software can boost their performance and help cut the time doctors spend on administrative tasks, according to the 2021 research conducted by Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Moreover, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality cites another study that suggests EHRs lacking pediatrics-specific functionality could threaten patient safety. So how can pediatric EHRs help healthcare professionals with the challenges they face in children’s healthcare?

Increased revenue

When pediatricians have to fill out dozens of medical histories daily, their precious time is wasted on this routine job. Pediatrics EMR/EHR solutions help use personnel’s time more efficiently and hold more consultations that bring revenue during work hours. Additionally, as EHRs are much more secure and safe than paper records, healthcare organizations save millions of dollars on potential data losses, security breaches, or lawsuits due to inaccurate diagnosis and treatment.

Pediatric EHR security

Children’s health data is highly sensitive, and a pediatric practice can face significant penalties in case it gets compromised. Luckily, several techniques can safeguard data stored in a pediatric EHR.

EHR security

Compliance with ONC – Authorized testing and Certification Body

Two-factor authentication

Personnel security training

Security system upgrades

Regular security audits

API-shielding for integrated apps

Compliance with HIPAA, HITECH, and CDC recommendations

Data encryption

Common issues with pediatric EHRs

The challenges shouldn’t discourage pediatricians from adopting the system, as the advantages prevail. Besides, the healthcare IT industry advances very fast, and both vendors and care providers take an active part in improving pediatric EHR usability, interoperability, and security.

EHR software can sometimes contribute to pediatricians’ stress and burnout. Despite spending less time during and after clinical hours getting digital documentation in order, pediatricians still report information overload, and click and alert fatigue after using EHRs.

Documentation burden

Pediatric practice management should carefully choose and implement software solutions that contain only the vital functionality to avoid overburdening users with unnecessary tabs or fields to fill in. The interface should be user-friendly, simple, and intuitive to reduce the mental pressure on clinicians – the primary users of the software. Sufficient training also contributes to personnel satisfaction and prevents burnout as users learn how to use their EHR efficiently.

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued some documentation that includes requirements for pediatric EHRs but hasn’t provided a comprehensive technical report or policy statement that covers all areas of EHR software application.

Lack of unified AAP regulations

Software providers, ONC, CMS, and healthcare organizations should work together to create unified regulations so that certified EHRs for pediatricians adhere to uniform rules and standards. Comprehensive documentation would benefit pediatric EHRs’ security and the efficiency of all child healthcare organizations.

Though there's been significant progress in healthcare interoperability in recent years, pediatricians who use legacy software struggle to connect it to their EHR.

Poor interoperability

Providers should consider updating their pediatrics EMR and EHR software in favor of solutions that ensure interoperability or invest in integration services to create a seamless data flow between different software solutions in a particular healthcare ecosystem.

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Elevate the level of care with pediatric EHR

Each medical specialty faces unique challenges and tasks, and general-use electronic health record solutions can’t always meet them. There are many EHRs to choose from that can enhance healthcare delivery and reduce the administrative workload for pediatric clinicians. Before implementing a pediatric EHR solution, determine the functionality and data security features your hospital needs. Afterward, follow the best implementation practices to reap the most benefits from your system. Implementing EHR in pediatrics is a challenging task and requires experts' insights. Itransition is ready to help, offering professional EHR consulting and development services.

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