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Title: Special Requirements for Electronic Medical Record Systems in Pediatrics
Author: American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on MedicalTitle: Special Requirements for Electronic Medical Record Systems in Pediatrics
Author: American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Medical Informatics Informatics

Title: Special Requirements for Electronic Medical Record Systems in Pediatrics

Author: American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Medical Informatics

Date Visited: 07/05/09
Summary:
The article emphasizes specific needs of pediatric electronic medical record systems (EMRs). Pediatric EMRs are a lot different from adult-oriented EMRs though they have the almost the same functions. They want to provide care in the easiest way possible. Pediatric EMRs are created to record not only a child’s medical aspects but also the nonmedical ones. In this way, pediatricians are ensured that the proper care is provided. There is though one problem with developing these EMRs. Pediatrics has a small market compared to adults. It would be impractical for developers to make a specific program for pediatricians. Pediatricians have no choice but to use the adult-oriented EMRs.
Pediatric EMRs have special features in terms of data representation, data processing, and system design. Growth data must be recorded and presented in graphic display. Since infants are given different names during birth, all these names must be recorded so patient search will be easier. Common pediatric terms must also be included in the EMR. One important data representation feature is the ability to compare the child’s growth with the normal ranges based on their age. In data processing, medical records must be documented. Prescribing of medications must be monitored and checked in the EMR if it is viable. Immunizations must be recorded, and hopefully, the system could also provide reminders of the next immunization. The system should also be able to provide a report on the child’s health. In system designs, certain issues are addressed. Pediatric EMRs must provide privacy especially to infants who have issues such as adoption. There is also the need for easier input of data especially in busy settings. Records of family members must also be linked to see possible medical threats.

URL: http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/pediatrics;108/2/513.pdf

Date Visited: 07/05/09

Summary:

The article emphasizes specific needs of pediatric electronic medical record systems (EMRs). Pediatric EMRs are a lot different from adult-oriented EMRs though they have the almost the same functions. They want to provide care in the easiest way possible. Pediatric EMRs are created to record not only a child’s medical aspects but also the nonmedical ones. In this way, pediatricians are ensured that the proper care is provided. There is though one problem with developing these EMRs. Pediatrics has a small market compared to adults. It would be impractical for developers to make a specific program for pediatricians. Pediatricians have no choice but to use the adult-oriented EMRs.

Pediatric EMRs have special features in terms of data representation, data processing, and system design. Growth data must be recorded and presented in graphic display. Since infants are given different names during birth, all these names must be recorded so patient search will be easier. Common pediatric terms must also be included in the EMR. One important data representation feature is the ability to compare the child’s growth with the normal ranges based on their age. In data processing, medical records must be documented. Prescribing of medications must be monitored and checked in the EMR if it is viable. Immunizations must be recorded, and hopefully, the system could also provide reminders of the next immunization. The system should also be able to provide a report on the child’s health. In system designs, certain issues are addressed. Pediatric EMRs must provide privacy especially to infants who have issues such as adoption. There is also the need for easier input of data especially in busy settings. Records of family members must also be linked to see possible medical threats.

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Written by jamiepolloso

August 13, 2009 at 3:11 pm

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