What Benefits Does a Customizable Pediatric Module in EHR Offer for Pediatric Care?
Electronic health records (EHRs) have become an integral part of healthcare, providing improved organization, access, and analysis of patient data.
However, many EHR systems still lack customization for pediatric care, which has unique needs compared to adult patients. Implementing a flexible pediatric module in EHR can significantly enhance pediatric practice.
Custom Growth Charts
Pediatric patients require very specialized growth charting to track their development. Growth charts need to account for rapid changes at young ages and variances by gender.
A customizable pediatric EHR module allows practices to configure specialized growth charts with particular percentiles and smoothing algorithms tailored to their patient population. Studies show growth chart errors occur 7-22% of the time without proper EHR customization, which can lead to improper medication dosing.
Enhanced Safety Alerts
A pediatric module can provide advanced clinical decision support to avoid dangerous medical errors. Customizable drug allergy, drug interaction, and dosing alerts account for weight ranges and the very limited medications approved for children.
This ensures safety by reducing adverse drug events which account for 270,000 emergency hospital visits per year.
Recording thorough notes with minimal clicks improves pediatric provider productivity. Customizable templates, questionnaires, and images within a pediatric EHR module let doctors document care more efficiently.
This structured data also enables better long-term tracking of health factors unique to a developing child.
Analytics for Quality Improvement
A flexible reporting system tailored to pediatrics allows practices to analyze population trends to improve the quality of care.
Custom reports can risk-stratify patients, identify gaps in preventative screening or vaccinations, and track treatment effectiveness over time, broken down by specialized developmental stages.
Increased Patient Engagement
Parent portal connectivity and child-friendly design when integrated into patient portals increase engagement. Educational content can be targeted based on age, along with graphs/charts to easily explain concepts to children.
Secure messaging and appointment reminders specific to pediatric preventative schedules also facilitate better health management.
As you can see, a customizable pediatric module integrated with an EHR provides tremendous benefits over a one-size-fits-all system. Configurable growth charts, safety alerts, documentation tools, analytics, and patient engagement features all combine to enable higher quality, more coordinated, and efficient pediatric patient care.
If you are looking to improve pediatric care at your practice, be sure to ask your EHR vendor about their customizable pediatric module capabilities or consider systems designed specifically for pediatrics. An EHR equipped with a flexible pediatric module will provide long-term value for your practice and superior outcomes for patients.
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