The 3 C’s That Matter When Choosing Practice Management Software

The 3 C’s That Matter When Choosing Practice Management Software   Electronic health records (sometimes called electronic medical records) are clearly an integral part of healthcare now and moving into the future. These systematic collections of health information contain data not only about individual patients, replacing old-fashioned paper charts, but also help to synthesize data about entire populations in order to paint a clearer picture of public health needs. There has been a rapid adoption of EHRs in recent years. In 2001, only 18% of office-based physicians used an EHR of any kind; by 2013, that figure was 78%. Between 2012 and 2013 alone, the number of physicians using basic EHRs went up by 21%.     There are many reasons to use EHRs, among them that the integrated functions of practice management software can lead to both better patient outcomes and greater administrative efficiency. But how can you choose practice management software that offers the greatest possible number of benefits? Think of these three C’s: Competency: If you’re looking at practice management software, your first concern should be that it’s adequate for whatever kind of practice you’re running. Some software solutions work for more than one kind of specialty, but very few work for all specialties. A cardiologist should look for a cardiology EMR, and a general practitioner should look for a family practice EHR. And even beyond these specialties, you should make sure the system offers enough customization to meet the needs of your individual practice. Completeness: A basic EHR or EMR that replaces paper charts is helpful, but there’s no sense in implementing a new system...