There are a lot of great Electronic Health Record programs out there, but there are not many that can handle the patient volume seen in a dermatologist’s office. It would be great to hear from some dermatologists out there who have used either Modernizing Medicine or NexTech. We would also welcome any insight regarding other options out there. NexTech and Modernizing Medicine have certainly emerged as the top Dermatology EHRs but they are very different programs. A lot of what works for a dermatologist is based on their individual preferences but there are many consistent features that make up a good Dermatology EHR.
Here are our top features of any good dermatology EHR:
- Intuitive Dermatology Templates with easy customization including using patient photos, biopsy result integration, drawing, and text customization.
- Integrated patient portal and consent module. Patient portal should allow patients to complete the patient registration process, view lab results, request refills, and pay their bill. Consent module should allow the patient to digitally read and sign consents to be stored in their electronic chart.
- Easy to learn platform with very few steps needed to see each patient. We work with some dermatologists who see 60-80 patients a day and a cumbersome EHR could reduce productivity by over 50%.
- Modern platform that allows access on mobile and tablet systems. Should also have web based option (preferrably cloud based) for practices that do not want to maintain an in house server.
- There are obviously many other important factors to consider when selecting an EHR but these are some of the top ones on our list.
In our experience, we have had great results pairing Modernizing Medicine with a couple cloud based Practice Management programs. We also have worked with NexTech but do not like the way they price their system or the number of steps involved in seeing a patient. We would love to hear from some dermatologists out there if you can take a minute and let us know your thoughts on EHR systems.