Being on the threshold of the New Year, a vast majority of specialty-specific practice owners are examining year-end financials and creating a broad vision (and more specific goals) for the direction they want their practice to go. These goals may include a more aggressive marketing campaign, the hiring of personnel, continuing education, and an analysis of the best way to streamline the overhead and administrative systems within the practice.
Electronic health records (EHR) software is one of your administrative systems that need to be maintained and upgraded regularly – especially with the advent of ICD-10 and Meaningful Use in its various stages. If you are considering upgrading or establishing a new EHR software system, you might want to heed our recommendations of some of the best EHR software solutions available in 2015.
1. eClinicalWorks EHR Software Solution
This EHR software enables physicians to input and organize all of their patient health records, so that all data is readily available from the office, exam room, or at home. Physicians can monitor medications, get lab and test results, access educational materials, and much more using this EHR – which also has special built-in Registry and Quality Measure Reporting tools for healthcare quality measures and patient care associated with diseases.
Taking into account that every medical specialty has a different set of needs, this eClinicalWorks EHR accommodates the administrative requirements of over 40 specialties and sub-specialties. That is, your EHR can be tailored to your specifications, but at the same time it simplifies things by employing one database to connect patient demographics and medical records to billing and insurance claims data structurally. The EHR offers a variety of tools to assist you in managing your patients in every aspect of administration, as opposed to only being an electronic version of a paper chart.
As a side note, the eClinicalWorks V10 EMR is 100% EHR certified and provides the electronic means for your full compliance to Meaningful Use Stage I, II, and III.
2. ADP AdvancedMD EHR Software Solution
AdvancedMD offers a wide range of practice management software, which includes an EHR software system. The EHR provides numerous attractive features, such as customizable platforms for clinical documentation and automatic transcription as you verbalize your clinical notes. Physicians can also access allergy, medication, and problem lists, as well as medical and family histories via this EHR.
AdvancedMD’s EHR facilitates the interchange of medical summaries and histories, referrals, orders, consults, lab results, etc. with patients, personnel, other doctors, and vendors. In other words, you can use your EHR for virtually all communications and transactions in the practice. AdvancedMD provides a patient portal as a tool for highly secure communications between physicians and patients, so that they are always on the same page. Patients can get their prescriptions renewed, pay their bills, and get their questions answered quickly and easily through a patient portal. The EHR also has a secure capability for staff communication without the need to resort to seeking someone out to speak to them, phone tag, and paper notes around the office.
Similar to eClinicalWorks, AdvancedMD is fully compliant with Meaningful Use guidelines.
3. How would a remote medical billing agency fit into your EHR activities?
We at PracticeForces cannot speak for other medical billing agencies, but we support almost all EHRs in our medical billing and revenue cycle management services, such as Practice Fusion, Allscripts, Ingenix, Sage, and dozens of other software applications relevant to your medical specialty.
Our medical billing professionals are able to connect to your current EHR/EMR software for medical billing purposes without any disruption to your office. The connection from our agency to your practice is completely HIPAA compliant and secure, so you can continue using your EHR for efficient and improved patient care while we work actively to maximize your practice collections.
As you may be well aware, truly competent clinical care wouldn’t be possible without top-tier EHR software, medical billing, and practice management systems in place. If you are a practice owner or work in a private practice, then you have probably experienced this for yourself. We would like nothing better than to focus solely on the patients and let the rest take care of itself. Doing this, however, is catastrophic. On the other hand, tight organization inevitably leads to higher production, revenue, efficiency, and patients who are happy with their medical care. Don’t underestimate the value of good EHR software to your organization and the overall well-being of your private practice.
I hope these tips were helpful to you. If you can any questions about any of these EHR software solutions, don’t hesitate to contact us!