SIS and SMR: What’s the difference?

We’ve long said a student medical record (SMR) is not the same as a student information system (SIS). We’ve even integrated with a number of SIS platforms because the software is not the same, the focus is not the same, and the end result is not the same. Still, it may prove helpful to consider the features and functionality of both.

Leading SIS platforms provide tools for some or all of the following:

  • Attendance 
  • Enrollment management
  • Safe schools
  • Report cards 
  • Online applications
  • Test history
  • Conduct and discipline
  • Accounting
  • Utilities
  • Scheduling
  • Cafeteria
  • Alumni & development
  • Student billing, payments, fees & fines
  • Student, teacher, and parent portals
  • Web classroom advanced analytics
  • Email 
  • Library
  • Career services
  • Photo ID cards 
  • School nurse
  • Website
  • Grade books
  • Student data
  • Seating charts & photos
  • Fundraising
  • Registration
  • Faculty management
  • School notification system
  • Calendar
  • Co-teaching management
  • Mobile apps
  • Transcripts
  • API tools
  • Cloud services
  • Lesson planner
  • Assessment reporting
  • District management
  • Athletics
  • Family management
  • Reporting
  • Guidance
  • Address management

Obviously SIS platforms cover a wide array of needs, and are forced to provide more and more to schools. Because many SIS systems aren’t built for some needs, they often look to integrate with systems that can provide a concentrated focus on those areas. For example, health and health center needs. Even SIS platforms that provide a “health option” often find integration a better option for schools seeking a health center solution.

Whereas SIS platforms focus on three column’s worth of needs, SMR focuses solely on one, taking an all-encompassing approach to student health information. SMR provides the modules and tools for all of the following:

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  • Emergency access: Magnus911 provides remote access to vital medical records and consent forms, when and where they are needed, via any web-enabled device
  • Mobile apps: Magnus Mobile for iOS and Android devices enables users to view allergy and medication info, call emergency contacts, and fax vital health information to emergency health providers.
  • Parent interface: MyMagnus provides parents or guardians with a simple, easy to use platform to submit required health information, via document upload.
  • Reporting: The Tracker allows school staff to view, track, and generate reports on student health document compliance.
  • Vital health record: The VHR allows schools to collect a full helath history for each student, including allergies, medications, and other life-saving information.
  • Charts: Charts allow schools to document health visits quickly with customizable pre-filled notes and templates.
  • Immunizations: Immunizations allow health staff to quickly determine which students are in compliance with immunization requirements.
  • Check in: Check in allows students to check themselves into the health office, creating a queue, and preventing the need to stop care for one student in order to attend to administrative tasks.
  • Lifetime support: Client Services provides ongoing customer support and training, while Help Desk offers live support to parents and guardians via phone, email, and chat.
  • Record review: Record review is an add-on service through which licensed RNs review submitted documents according to your school’s requirements.
  • Data security: Permissions allow Magnus users to dictate the level of access others have to private information and built-in disaster recovery means all data is securely stored on our servers.
  • Integrations/API: Magnus Health’s robust application programming interface (API) facilitates integration capabilities with student information systems.

Given that each school is different, decision-makers must know their individual needs, and make the best choice accordingly. Being informed of options will make those choices easier, as will knowing the differences between SIS platforms and the SMR web-based health center solution.