Switching to electronic health records software for the first time can be a huge undertaking for pulmonology practices, especially if the software being implemented has not been designed specifically for the pulmonology specialty. Unfortunately, many medical practices find this to be true only after having used their newly-acquired EMR software in a live environment. By this time, the practice will have invested large amounts of time and money into the software, despite the EMR not being capable of meeting many of the practice’s basic needs.
Implementing Pulmonology EMR software is the easiest way to avoid this type of headache. While generic systems may impede workflow and create extra work for providers and staff, Pulmonology EMR software is designed to simplify all types of clinical and administrative processes – from scheduling, patient registration and insurance verification to entering visit notes, selecting proper billing codes and more.
Not convinced that EMR software for pulmonology practices is the way to go? Here are a few reasons why implementing this type of software will benefit your practice.
Streamline Workflow to Get Work Done on Time
According to a recent Medscape survey, 47 percent of pulmonologists report feeling burned out, with the top three reasons for physician burnout being:
- Too many bureaucratic tasks
- Spending too many hours at work
- Increasing computerization of practice
Fortunately, a well-designed EMR system can help alleviate many of these daily burdens. Pulmonology EMR software comes pre-loaded with specialty-specific templates and forms to reduce data entry. It also includes voice transcription and handwriting recognition software which allows information to be entered into the software depending on the physician’s preference. In addition, patient portal integration moves many tasks online, significantly reducing administrative workload.
Most importantly, the software streamlines clinical, administrative and financial tasks, allowing all types of actions to be carried out from different places within the EMR. For example, staff can easily schedule or update appointments from the scheduling screen or from the patient’s chart, and providers can quickly access important information from the patient dashboard.
Use the Software in a Sleep Medicine Setting
Many Pulmonology EMR software systems, such as 1st Providers Choice, are also designed to be used in sleep medicine environments. This is due to the fact that pulmonologists often treat sleep disorders and require software that meets the needs of both medical specialties. For example, much like Sleep Medicine EMR software, Pulmonology EMRs offer staff the ability to schedule patients by bed when conducting sleep studies – something that general EMR software does not allow.
To learn more about these and other EMR software benefits for pulmonologists, call 480-782-1116 or contact us online.