Urology providers have a heavy workflow that keeps them extremely busy from day to day. With a long list of task to complete including patient visits, lab orders, scheduling, data analysis, and much more, urologists always find themselves with something to do. For this reason, Urology providers need every tool they can get their hands on to increase the efficiency of their clinical workflow, the accuracy in their actions, and ease in every transition. In order to accomplish these things, integrating the right technology with your Urology EHR is vital. While a Urology EHR does incredible things to improve different areas of a practice, if it lacks the ability to integrate with the other tools your practice needs, it can be more of a pain than a solution. With a fully integrated Urology EHR, providers can achieve maximum clinical efficiency and improve every area of their practice including billing, patient engagement, and patient satisfaction. Urology providers should make sure their Urology EHR integrates with these areas of their practice:
1) Urology EHR Lab Integration
For the Urologist that is constantly ordering lab tests whether it be a urinalysis or bloodwork, Urology EHR lab integration is key. This integration allows for a provider to order a lab directly from a patient’s chart during a visit, offer suggestions for the nearest location to complete those labs, and view the results. With location recommendations, providers increase the probability that their patients will get their labs done immediately, rather than postponing or forgetting about them. This not only improves outcomes by offering quick access to patient lab results but increases patient engagement by keeping the patient involved and improving their outcomes. This Urology EHR integration also allows improves engagement by allowing the patient to view the results in their patient portal as soon as they come in.
2) Practice Management Integration
Having a Urology EHR that is fully integrated with your practice management software is absolutely vital. Without it, providers will find extreme difficulty when it comes to scheduling and billing, creating inefficiencies in your clinical workflow. When your Urology EHR is integrated with your PM software, providers can quickly schedule visits and follow-ups from the patient’s chart. Here they can also file a claim electronically, improving billing accuracy and timely payments. This integration ensures that scheduling and billing function at their best, making sure all information is communicated between software accurately, simplifying each process.
3) Telehealth Integration
Telehealth, while relatively new to healthcare, has made its way to the top as far as practice technologies go. This tool increases patient engagement by allowing a visit to be completed from the patient’s home via live-video technology. It decreases the time spent traveling to and from the doctor’s office, and it helps the provider monitor their patients remotely, improving outcomes and patient satisfaction. It is necessary that telehealth integrates directly with a Urology provider’s Urology EHR. This Urology EHR integration allows the provider to start a visit directly from a patient’s chart, view their chart the entire time, update it, and complete each task just as if it were a normal, in-person visit. Without this integration, providers would find it very difficult to effectively offer telehealth at their practice.
4) Intake Integration
Digital patient intake is making its way to be the number one method of collecting patient data. Traditionally done on a paper form during an in-person visit the patient’s information was then transcribed manually into a patient’s chart. Digital intake helps patients complete their intake forms at home, before a visit, when it is convenient for them rather than in a haste in the office. This also bodes well for patients who prefer telehealth or e-visits to a traditional visit. This decreases in office wait times, eliminates the transcription process, and improves the accuracy of patient health information. Fully integrated with your practice’s Urology EHR, Urologist will find that their patient’s digital intake form transfers directly into their chart. This offers Urologists a fully updated chart that is completed accurately and more often, ensuring they are working with all of the information available to them during clinical decision making. Urology EHR should integrate directly with digital intake.
Total integration offers Urologists the chance to work at their highest level of clinical efficiency and improve the overall workflow of their practice through these tools. To learn more about a Urology EHR that integrates fully with the different aspects of your Urology practice, click here.