Not every physician runs the same type of practice. It only makes sense, then, that not every physician should be forced to settle for a one-size-fits-all EHR solution.
Today’s best EHR software offers customizable options for any type of medical specialty practice. This allows physicians and staff to get the most out of their EHR system without causing disorganization or having to sacrifice the finer points of their practice.
It’s been shown EHR software can help with practice management, billing, avoiding penalties, patient engagement, and enhanced efficiency. And yet too many specialty medical practices have delayed adopting EHR software because they feel it’s more suited for general practitioners.
Whether your focus is neurology, ob/gyn, pediatrics, or cardiology, a custom EHR solution can be tailored to the specific needs and demands of your practice. For instance, chief complaint and history of present illness (HPI) forms can be built around the questions, answers, and concerns relevant to patients seeking your treatment. Many other similar types of common medical forms can also either be pulled from an existing digital library or created using existing templates.
Inside the examination room, EHR software can help with documentation. Not only will you have access to a patient’s entire medical history at your fingertips, but you’ll also be able to keep notes on the exam digitally. Plus, documentation entries of physical exams can be designed to match the ones you’re currently using via an easy-to-use interface. Charting at the point of care saves time and reduces errors.
When you need to record your thoughts on a patient’s progression and diagnosis, EHR software offers hundreds of pre-loaded care plans to assist. And since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have now made documentation of care plans and treatment goals a mandatory part of MACRA, and Meaningful Use Stage 2 before that, an EHR system can easily handle this process.
In terms of billing, with EHR software, the days of the paper-based “Superbill” are over. The right type of EHR software will already have all the common codes for diagnosis and procedure documentation built-in for specialty practices. And when needed, adding new codes is a snap.
Plus, practices focused on medical specialties can benefit from an EHR system’s patient portal, which gives your patients secure and immediate access to their electric health records. A patient portal is a transformative tool for your medical practice, allowing patients to request medication refills, ask urgent questions, pay bills, and generally let them take greater control over their personal health.
For practices with medical specialties, a patient portal can also boost patient engagement, allowing you to chart via voice recognition, and send reminders and alerts about upcoming appointments. Make sure to invest in EHR software with a patient portal that has been certified for Meaningful Use, however, so you can you stay compliant with CMS patient engagement requirements.
There are so many benefits for any specialty medical practice looking to adopt EHR software that it’s difficult to overstate the importance. Specialists should to not assume their niche medical focus will make things more complicated to transition. If you’re invested in a quality EHR system, the customization and implementation will be so easy and painless it’ll almost be an afterthought, and you’ll wonder how your practice ever got along without it.