But with so many options out there, where do you begin? First of all, you want a program that is easy for you to use. If you are good with technology, then you may be able to opt for something more high tech, but generally speaking, you will want a program that is simple and easy to use while providing all of the features you need. Many of the best programs offer on screen tutorials that can help you and your staff learn the program quickly and efficiently. For more information on evaluating medical practice management software, visit this page.
Of course, the main reason to get software is for its functions and perks. Ideally, you’ll want a program that can integrate practice management with billing applications and electronic medical records systems. Good software will also allow you to manage different care plans, track risk pools and various holdbacks. By being able to join these functions together, you will save time and money on both the medical side of your practice and the business side as well.
One aspect you cannot afford to overlook is HIPAA compliance. Though most software on the market today helps your practice stay compliant with the regulations of HIPAA, the main point where software varies is their degree of security and backup recovery. Patient information is meant to be private, and the right software will ensure that it remains that way.
One of the unique factors of MediTouch PM by HealthFusion is that it is an entirely web-based system that can be used with the company’s own MediTouch EHR. As a program that fully automates patient registration, billing, appointment scheduling and more, the system also checks patient’s insurance eligibility 72 hours before appointments. Since this is an entirely web-based system, no software needs to be installed on the computers in the practice. MediTouch is also a great system for physicians looking to take advantage of federal and state incentive programs which allows physicians to earn an additional 2% on medical reimbursements.
Waiting Room Solutions was designed to help doctors run everything in their practice—not just electronic health records. As a web0based EHR system, 2013 WRS combines EHR, medical billing, scheduling, order management, e-prescriptions, image management, faxing, and disease management in addition to being a 2011-2012 ONC- ATCB certified system. WRS can be selected to serve more than 35 different specialties and is the program of choice for many professionals.
As one of the most popular web-based medical billing and management systems on the market, Kareo has made a niche for itself in serving small practices and billing companies. Kareo is well suited to scheduling, confirming insurance, identifying accounts receivable, developing patient records, creating custom reports, as well as assisting in the collections process. As a relatively easy to use program, many practices find that they are able to set up their practices within an extremely short period of time. An affordable payment plan makes this software a very attractive option for new practices.
Benchmark Systems Software is a truly flexible system as it offers server and cloud based systems that handle appointment scheduling, electronic health records, practice management, and billing and collection services. On top of this, Benchmark software operates on laptops, iPhones and iPads. With pre-built templates for a wide variety of specialized forms, Benchmark Clinical eases the complexity of managing a practice. As an added bonus, Benchmark also provides a patient portal from which patients can access their own medical records, appointments, and billing statements.
Medios EHR is a web based system that allows practice to update patient records through nearly any web-enabled device. Medios is fully certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT). One aspect that makes Medios a popular system is its scalable system. As a program that is suited for a wide variety of practice sizes and practice types, the system allows for easy integration with third-party system applications to ensure that relevant data gets passed to the people who need it.
Electronic Medical Assistant from Modernizing Medicine is a must for ophthalmology, optometry, plastic surgery, orthopedics and dermatology practices because of its specialty specific nature. With pre-built medical records for these fields, setting up and updating patient records has never been easier. EMA is also considered an adaptive program that can learn the requirements of each physician, analyzing common diagnoses, consent forms, and prescriptions. EMA is a touch –based interface that presents streamlined systems to work with your needs. Currently used by more than 900 practices across the country, EMA was built by physicians for physicians, and is one of the leading developers of EMR software.
Centricity Practice Solution by GE Healthcare focuses on being a clinical and financial management system. In addition to being a comprehensive suite for electronic medical records, Centricity has added functionality for integration with external systems through the healthcare industry, medical devices, imaging systems, and more. One of the main strengths of Centricity is its ability to report on clinical outcomes. These reports are used for benchmarking performance against other peer practices throughout the country and determine better rates of pay as well. Centricity can also communicate effectively with other practices that may have been involved in a patient’s care which enables physicians to have access to related lab reports, clinical notes and other data.
Web PT EMR software is a growing community at over 20,000 users nationally. As an EMR and practice management software for rehab therapy clinics, WebPT offers a simple solution for practices looking to make the transition from paper filing to a cloud-based computing system that allows users to access medical records from any web-enabled device. A perfectly scalable software, WebPT eliminates the need for costly IT and offers a simple solution that can manage documents, schedules, reports, billing, and all the necessary documentation to remain compliant.
ACOM Health Rapid Software is designed for chiropractic services and provides all the necessary documentation, and administrative tools to handle financial needs, patient records and more. This system is designed specifically with chiropractors in mind and so has the right tools to help chiropractors run their offices in an efficient manner. Billing, scheduling, reporting and management can all be done in a matter of clicks. RAPID is also known for its functionality with all kinds of electronic records including SOAP notes—an anatomical diagram with point and click options to make quick notes of diagnoses and procedures. Using RAPID, many chiropractors have reduced their SOAP note creation time by more than 75 percent.
ECLIPSE was originally created by a chiropractor and a software developer in 1985. Now it is one of the most popular ONC-ATCB certified complete EHR systems used in the country by chiropractic, physical therapy and other medical practices. As one of the longest running systems, ECLIPSE’s reputation has been built on being a cost effective solution for small practices. ECLIPSE is capable of pulling up multiple patient files without having to retrace steps, and allows physicians to access charts without a lot of extra work. As a straightforward, easy to use system, ECLIPSE seamlessly synchs its scheduler to smartphones using Google Calendar, and can integrate with 3rd
party payer requirements.
Intellechart by MDIntelleSys placed at the top of a 2013 survey of EHR systems. Providing service to eye care practices for more than ten years, this specialized system has all the relevant data needed for a competitive and high-tech ophthalmology and retinal clinic. Originally designed for cloud computing, IntelleChart takes advantages of all the perks of working on the web by collaborating with peers in your field by sharing knowledge of methods and practices. Intellechart is also capable of creating custom templates specific to each patient, which in turn leads to faster and more efficient charts and processing of information.
eClinicalWorks is one of the largest and fastest growing software companies because of its customer and employee first focus—a distinction that piqued the interest of the Harvard Business School for a case study. What this translates into in terms of its software is a practice management suite that is designed for ambulatory care environments that can automate the workflow for when patients enter until the time they leave. From small practices to large practices, the scalable nature of eClinicalworks makes it a relevant option for all levels of business. This software can integrate community and state record netowrks as well as the ability to look up patients with a single click, integrate their lab reports, patient refferals all while giving patients access to look at their own records. eClinicalWorks is a highly acclaimed software and is worth checking out.
Like many firm management software on the market, Vitera Intergy specializes in both clinical and financial solutions with integrations in electronic health records to reduce the amount of paperwork required and communicate with the healthcare community. Vitera Intergy is a user friendly software suite that is recommended for practices with more than three physicians on staff. This complete suite is also serves as a radiology information system, but also features content for a wide variety of practices including primary care, internal medicine, cardiology, orthopedics, and OB/GYN. All of this functionality and more is what keeps Vitera Intergy as one of the most popular systems today, serving more than 400,000 healthcare professionals.
PrognoCIS is a web based electronic health record system that provides practice management services and customized templates to serve practices of all sizes. Compatible with mobile devices, PrognoCIS allows for easy access to records from anywhere. From small firms to practices of up to 25 physicians, PrognoCIS is an up and coming system that has already been ONC-ACTB Certified as well as a recipient of a five-star rating from CCHIT. As an added bonus, Bizmatics offers deep discounts for start-up practices and recent medical school graduates.
CareCloud Central is a cloud based system that offers a fully customizable dashboard that streamlines lag time between programs. CareCloud is a powerful office management system with tools for data mining, reporting, appointment scheduling, billing, and analytics. CareCloud prides itself on being an easy to use system with a streamlined, simple interface that any practice of any size can quickly implement. In fact, CareCloud serves all specialties and practices of any size, with support for practices with multiple corporate entities and NPIs.
ReLi Med Solutions provides small to medium sized ambulatory care practices an edge in integrating electronic health care records and practice management. With an easy to use interface that channels workflow in a customizable and seamless manner, users are able to easily juggle EHR, scheduling, documentation, ePrescribing and eLab functions. ReLi Med’s main strength is its ability to customize. Practices are able to create their own templates to create individual charts for patients. ReLi Med is highly recommended for practices in the pediatrics, internal medicine, family practice, and urgent care fields.
A web-based EHR system for chiropractors, BackChart offers in program training for users to ensure that staff and physicians alike will learn the program quickly. BackChart is pushing the edge of technology, with a wide variety of new features including voice functionality that can recognize your voice to make note taking much easier. Beyond the typical billing and management functions, this system also boasts a Medical Alerts capability that provides notifications on allergies, conditions, and other useful information for specific circumstances during treatment. Backchart is a streamlined system that combines EHR with a wide variety of customizable abilities to make it a go to system for all your needs.
For those practices seeking to cut down on their operating costs without sacrificing quality patient care, SimplifyMD should be a top consideration. Combining EHR functionality with state of the art document management, SimplifyMD is a cost effective solution. A fully customizable EHR solution enables physicians to alter charts, forms and workflow to their own specific needs. SimplifyMD is a fully ONC-HIT certified system, and users receive meaningful use incentive payments.
Originally developed for ophthalmology practices, iO Practiceware is one of the best systems in place for this field. Using touch-screen interfaces to minimize the need for excessive drop down menus, and automated coding, follow-ups and referral letters, this system solution is user friendly and highly customizable. iO Practiceware is also capable of interfacing with a variety of equipment and can easily record results at a push of a button.
MD Connection is a web-based system for medical practices that is designed with small practices in mind. Fully optimized to work with both PC and Mac computers, this system includes scheduling, billing, code scrubbing, patient management, reporting and more among its many functions. MD Connection is also fully customizable according to specific user preferences.
A.I.med is a great system for small medical practices that includes electronic health record and practice management functionality. Among its acclaimed functions is the ability to support remote use for providers doing rounds, visiting nursing homes, or working from multiple offices. A.I.med also features human tech support that is on call to meet the needs of any practice as they implement this system.
TotalMD is a cost effective practice management solution for any firm looking to cut costs without losing functionality. As a simple solution for small practices that are looking for a way to effectively collect payments and schedule appointments, Total MD offers efficient reporting tools as well as the option to be installed in a traditional server method or online through the cloud. TotalMD is ICD10 and 5010 ready, offering advanced functions in insurance collection, patient accounting, advanced scheduling, and more.
NueMD PM is a web based system that avoids the internet browser and connects directly to your practice. More than 7000 providers and 100 specialties have subscribed to NueMD because of its extremely efficient medical billing functionality. NueMD operates its own claims house, handling more than 3.5 million claims each year, which in turn allows users to process a nearly unlimited number of claims. For mobile users, NueMD has an app available that syncs to whatever is going on in your practice.
DrCloud EMR is a fully customizable system for practices looking for an EMR service that is cloud-based and available 24/7. DrCloud allows you to send prescriptions, record complaints, reference images, document patients, monitor patients, and even print information for them at the time of care. DrCloud is a perfect fit for mental health clinics, pain management offices, chiropractors, psychiatrists, and therapists.
InSync from MD online is a fully functional ONC-ATCB certified practice management and EMR solution that works for a wide variety of practices. A fully customizable system that eliminates the need for redundant records, MD Online operates on many different levels to provide you with scheduling, e-prescribing, electronic claims submissions, physical exam charts, and more.
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