Reduce Costs and Increase Patient Satisfaction with Chiropractic EMR Software
Last Updated: January 06, 2023
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The health care industry is a multifaceted world comprised of multiple clinical and administrative roles. Whether what your role may be, you are part of one of the most universally important information highways. The cutting edge mode of transportation on that highway is electronic medical record (EMR) software. It is the computer application revolutionizing the way health care information is recorded and shared. It marries time and cost saving technology to a business where lives depend on accurate management and communication of clinical, financial, and administrative details.
Electronic medical record software currently available on the market are either web-based/asp systems or on-premise, installed client/server systems. Using EMR software is the smartest choice because it:
- increases revenue and office efficiency
- reduces costs
- improves organization and accuracy of information
- is customizable to meet the specific needs of many medical specialties (i.e. chiropractic/cardiologic/pediatric)
Chiropractic EMR Software #
Look for quality chiropractor-specific electronic medical record systems that include customized templates for:
- Chiropractic SOAP Notes (subjective, objective, assessment, and plan)
- Review of systems
- Examination/re-examination information/follow-up information
- Computerized muscle testing
- RAND outcome36- (SF-36); a set of generic, coherent, and easily administered quality-of-life measures. Measures are based on patient self-reporting and are widely utilized by managed care organizations and by Medicare for routine monitoring and assessment of care outcomes in adult patients.
- Workers compensation visits with history of present illness
- X-ray analysis
- Chiropractic outcome assessments (i.e. Oswestry back pain index and NDI-neck disability index)
- drug prescriptions
- features for insurance billing, patient billing, Medicaid/Medicare billing, electronic claims submission, scheduling, and financial reporting
Also, look for software that can incorporate an electronic superbill and E&M coder that has been customized to the chiropractic specialty. Check if there were any chiropractic specialists taking part in the development of the EMR software you are interested in. Lastly, the system you select must comply with HIPAA regulations and should offer user defined access levels. This will prevent any staff, particularly a disgruntled one, from tampering with patient records or system settings.
** Important Note: Check to see if the software is certified by the CCHIT (Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®). The CCHIT is recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB). Use of ONC-ATCB certified EMR technology is a required first step in qualifying eligible healthcare providers for incentive funding available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). There are currently over 250 qualifying certified programs
Chiropractic EMR Software Average Costs #
EMR software should meet the needs of your business, be reasonably priced, and fit within your budget. It is critical to compare software from a variety of vendors. Costs vary widely but below is some helpful information on average prices to expect for either web-based or client/server software.
- Web-based chiropractic EMR software- prices, on average, range from $250-$1,200, and are typically billed annually. They are often lower in cost than client/server systems because, generally, they entail fewer hardware needs. Software updates are usually included within the total initial cost. Some vendors offer free demos. However, it is important to consider is that they can be slower since the server is not on site, and loss of internet connection disrupts access to the system entirely.
- Client Server chiropractic EMR software- on average can cost anywhere from $500 to $8,000. The specific total cost will be higher or increase on a case by case basis. In addition to the cost of software, many vendors have additional fees related to total hardware needs (servers, additional monitors, kiosks, Tablet PCs, etc.), training costs, software updates, upgrades, and maintenance fees. Benefits include reliable speed, system performance, and normal functioning regardless of internet connection status.
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