As a Neurology provider, you have a wealth of responsibilities in front of you that, if not well-organized, could leave your practice in over their head. A functional workflow in non-negotiable for neurologists. Without it, documentation, patient records, and communications would start to fall through the cracks, leaving your practice vulnerable. A traditional Electronic Health Record is meant to help providers of all types achieve this kind of high-level organization, but usually falls short for a couple of reasons. Vendors of a “one-size-fits-all” EHR tend to ignore the specified needs that specialty providers have. The functional needs of a Neurologist are vastly different from that of a General Physician or another specialty provider. To try and box the needs of every type of provider into one software is not feasible. What ends up happening is the specialist is left with software that lacks in the tools they need to function at their best. Neurologists need a specialty-specific Neurology EHR to really get a handle on a well-functioned workflow and improve efficiency in every action.
What does a Neurology EHR offer?
By choosing a specialized Neurology EHR, Neurologists will notice a few major differences in the tools included in the software. These features included in a quality Neurology EHR cater to the specified needs of the specialty and are tailored to your practice while having a high impact on efficiency each day.
1) Document Management
When reflecting on the time before a quality Neurology EHR, focusing on traditional, paper recordkeeping, one can recognize its faults as well as its charm. Paper recordkeeping failed providers in many ways. First, a paper record was less secure, easily accessible by anyone who knows how to get past a lock and key. For providers who started to transfer their records into a digital system, paper documentation decreased efficiency by slowing down your front office staff and pushing their focus off of the patient. Accuracy in patient records was negatively impacted by the transcription process, which directly affected clinical decision making. Many specialty providers still face this as their EHR fails them in the area of document management. This is avoidable with a Neurology EHR.
With a Neurology EHR, providers can improve each one of these areas while maintaining the charm of traditional filing systems. Neurologists are in charge of ordering a plethora of tests and labs which needed to be recorded securely and transferred into the patient’s chart. Structured document management key. With a quality Neurology EHR, providers will find themselves with software that makes staying organized incredibly simple. Organized with the same charm and structure found in the old record cabinet, Neurologists should look for a filing system that resembles an actual filing system, including cabinets, drawers and file folders.
Take a step past documenting and you will find an array of options open to providers to help them reach their patients differently than the traditional office visit. One of these tools is Telehealth. A Neurology EHR must offer Telehealth to help efficiently grow their number of visits, number of follow-ups, and patient base. All these things adding up to increased patient involvement and patient engagement. A Neurology EHR that offers Telehealth offers another option for patients who struggle to make it into the office for their regular visits. By taking the visit to them, Telehealth enables patients to more easily meet with their providers if they live far away or need to stay home for whatever reason. It improves follow-up visits, in the same way, offering a more convenient option for them to engage their physician. Lastly, a Neurology EHR that offers Telehealth compatibility increases your patient base by extending your reach outside of your normal commute radius. Each one of these things is not only done more efficiently by a Neurology EHR, but this also improves your bottom line.
3) Mobile App
The third feature of a quality Neurology EHR is a Mobile app that enables providers to offer care on-the-go. This is vital in today’s world. Not only are patients constantly looking to be on the move, so is the provider. The mobile app component of a Neurology EHR enables the provider to offer quality patient care while not being bogged down to their desk. Mobile documentation, patient communications, and imaging are all accessible on a mobile app without compromising the security of the patient’s information. This allows the Neurologists, who always has a heavy load of documentation or patient inquiries, to take their tools with them, improving the efficiency at which they can complete these tasks, but also allowing them to better engage their staff and patients when out of the office.
A Neurology EHR is just what a Neurology provider needs to streamline efficiency and grow their practice. To learn more about a Neurology practice that who improve functionality at your practice, click here.