As a Neurologist, you have specific needs, and it's important for you to use Neurology EHR software that has been designed with Neurology specialty in mind and one that will enhance your practice so that you can meet those needs. Whether you are implementing your first Neurology-specific EHR or you are looking to replace your existing EHR for Neurology, consider the following features in order to provide your patients with excellent care.
1. Customized Templates
Templates are an important component of any EHR system. A "template" is essentially a tool for organizing, presenting, and capturing clinical data within the EHR. Use of templates allows practices to gather all relevant information for their workflow on a single convenient screen, while populating the information into the medical record. Properly customized templates have been proven to increase percentage of chart completion thereby having a direct impact on practice revenues. Since these templates integrate into the EHR workflow, you achieve significant improvements in workflow efficiency and patient care.
2. E-Prescription Writing
Your patients appreciate e-prescribing because their prescriptions are automatically sent to the pharmacy of their choice. By having your Neurology EMR certified to connect to the Surescripts network, neurology practices can experience dramatic efficiency gains and enhanced patient safety. In addition, you will save their organization time in prescribing documentation, transmission, filing, billing, and numerous telephone conversations regarding lost, illegible, and non-formulary compliant prescriptions with the pharmacy.
E-prescribing provides you with a quicker way to write your prescriptions, and it also triggers any alerts you might have missed regarding interactions with your patients' other medications. These alerts save you valuable time, and are a safety feature for your patients.
3. Coding and Billing
Compliant coding and billing processes are a must for any medical office. As ICD-10 implementation deadline draws near, it is going to be even more important to be sure the processes meant to ensure correct coding and billing are followed. Mistakes will be costly, and denials can take months to work through.
As a best practice, your Neurology EMR should be integrated with practice management software. Integrated EMR and PM system has been proven to reduce billing errors and accelerate revenues. Another best practice is for you to get your encounters audited from a coding compliance perspective to ensure that you are compliant with the current coding practices.
Ensure that your EHR vendor’s integrated medical billing system is ready for ICD-10 and incorporates neurology specific ICD and CPT codes.
4. Document, Image and Results Integration
When you work with physicians in other specialties, or with hospitals that use a variety of equipment, you need an EHR software that will easily manage your documents and images, regardless of their format. One of the essential Neurology EHR features is being able to seamlessly integrate test results and images into your EHR workflow. Speak with your Neurology EHR vendor about the different equipment used in your office that you want your EHR to be compatible with.
5. Lab Interfaces and Appointment Reminders
Your Neurology EHR should make the life of your staff easier by integrating with a Lab of your choice (in a bi-directional mode) so that lab orders can be sent out easily and you can receive test results electronically. When you order some specialized test (such as a sleep study) for your patients, it creates a lot of work for your staff since you will need to not only ensure that test results are in before they come for a visit to the clinic but your staff also needs to remind the patients of their impending appointments. Automatic appointment reminders (phone or text messages) are a great way to reduce no-shows at the clinic.
6. Built-in Alert System
The tests you order and the lab work you require from your patients hold the key to proper diagnosis. It's important for you to be alerted to any problems, so that you can quickly treat them. Your EMR should give you that capability, which will enhance the level of care you can provide to your patients. However, the alerts should be configurable so that EHR alert fatigue can be avoided.
If you are dissatisfied with your current Neurology EHR software, or if you've been looking for your first EHR for your practice, we'd love to talk to you. We're confident that our PrognoCIS Neurology EMR software is packed with all the features that you may need. For more information, contact us today!