Guest post by Scott Parker, Cure MD.
Among the many misconceptions providers have about using a practice management software for their daily workflow, they believe that the software slows them down. A good PM software will never slow the doctor down and instead, will make their workflows efficient, save them time, remove the daily monotony of work and reduce the paper work.
The second misconception providers have about practice management software is that it makes them spend lesser amounts of time with their patients. While this may be true for those providers who still don’t know how to effectively use the software, it is entirely false because a practice management software actually allows providers to spend more time with their patients.
With built-in features such as graphs and customizable templates, doctors can easily and visually point out to their patients where their health problem lies, and also show them changes in their condition over time. Not only will this make the treatment more effective, it also engages patients and makes them more aware of their health related issues – increasing patient satisfaction.
The ideal practice management software, in essence, is easy to learn and use, is highly scalable and is customized according to the provider’s specialty and specific workflows. You see, when a software is especially tailored to your processes and you have assisted your vendor in customizing it according to your liking, that software becomes your daily tool to get our work done – ensuring optimum performance through personalized shortcuts, alerts and favorites.
The software will also reduce the need to continuously type and hence, speed up data input. With an updated drug database, encompassing the updated ICD codes, it becomes tremendously easy for providers to provide preventive care to patients.
Not only will the ideal practice management software enhance business intelligence by providing analytics and reports, it will also reduce the need to maintain separate systems for accounting and financial performance.
Overall, the ideal practice Management software will make up the back-bone of a provider’s practice. It will make sure that all daily tasks are completed with the utmost efficiency, ensuring that providers deliver the best care possible.
Scott Parker is a health IT expert who actively contributes to the leading industry forums by writing content encompassing current topics such as the EMR, practice management, eRx, patient portal, revenue cycle management, compliance, ICD-10, meaningful use, privacy and security.