Chiropractic Electronic Health Records (EHR)
In an era where technology evolves at a staggering rate, DCs need to start paying more attention to specific tools that help save time and grow revenue.
Chiropractic EHR software is an absolute must to not only protecting your patient’s information, but protecting yourself. With multiple options, how do you choose the right one?
The Chiropractic EHR Resource Center, sponsored by ChiroTouch, is the DCs go-to-source for researching what to look for in an EHR, why it matters, and most importantly, how to go about purchasing the correct one.
Is your EHR limiting your success?
But is it possible that your electronic health record (EHR) software may be stifling your practice’s development? A good chiropractic software system should be tailored to suit your individual needs and help you streamline your business to achieve prosperous and steady client growth. Take a look at some of the telltale signs that your chosen technology may be stalling your success.
It’s not scalable
It’s vitally important that your chosen EHR be able to grow along with your practice. If you find yourself creating more workarounds and running up against the boundaries of your EHR, it may be time to consider alternate systems that can support the amount of growth you envision for the future of your practice.
It’s not customizable
If you constantly seem to be trying to fit a square peg into a round hole when conducting business with your EHR software system, you may be suffering from a lack of customizability. This means a greater number of time-consuming workarounds, subpar patient service interactions, and challenging internal processes. A system that better reflects your practice and the way you work in it can make all the difference.
If you can’t seem to get your EHR software system to fit your unique practice, it might be time to find a competing software system that supports your workflow and can streamline rather than stifle your practice.
Practicing in a mobile era
With ever-increasing technological sophistication, your opportunity to remain engaged with your patients after they leave the doors of your practice has blossomed. Currently, approximately 80 percent of Internet users are searching the web right from their smartphone. Even more impressive is the fact that they are interacting with their phones at least hourly.
What does this mean for you? It means that there’s an opportunity to connect with your patients in a manner that was unthinkable even a few hours ago. Compare this with how many opportunities you have to interact with each patient in person, and you’ll begin to see why smartphone apps are a critical component of your patient engagement strategy.
Smartphone apps are one of the easiest ways to get in front of your patients and secure a strong presence in your patient’s mobile world. Stationing a mobile app as the cornerstone of your mobile marketing strategy can help you secure that consistent line of communication between your practice and your patients as well as your patients network of friends, family and colleagues as well.
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Why data matters
We simply won’t see more volume of patients and help more patients under the new payment models if we don't have (and be able to share) the data that proves the efficacy of chiropractic! It's not enough to have anecdotal evidence. We need proof. We need to be able to say to both the government and private payers: We help patients achieve health at a lower cost while drastically reducing unnecessary spending on surgery and drugs
To this effect, your ability to contribute is actually simple, you need to do three sequential steps:
1. Adopt a certified EHR software into your practice to document your daily visit encounters and the health history of the patients.
2. Use your professional protocols and guidelines to document the care outcomes by using easy data capture with outcome assessment tools, such as basic questionnaires that patients fill out to quantify their progress and satisfaction of care received from you.
3. Make sure that your software has the ability to formulate those results into an actionable display of metrics and data to let you know that you have successfully achieved recovery or that you should modify the care plan approach or whatever care pathway is needed, you have data to guide you.