Bariatrics is one of those fields that requires a significant amount of monitoring, tracking, charting and changing. If you were doing everything by paper, simply keeping track of a patient’s vitals could be a full-time job. However, with bariatrics practice management and EMR software, you can do more for each patient in less time and with less resources.
EMR software has grown from being a strictly health records management resource to being a practice management tool. If you haven’t implemented EMR software into your bariatric practice yet, now is the time to do so. Here are a few reasons why.
Streamline the Patient Onboarding Process
As a surgeon, you don’t just work alone or rely on your own tests, results and diagnoses before performing a procedure. Patients need to be referred to you by their own physicians or healthcare specialists. Once referred to you, you need to make requests for necessary tests, such as blood tests, chest x-rays, ECGs, lung tests and a host of other pre-op exams. Only once all the results are in can you make a final determination about whether or not a patient is a good candidate for surgery.
If you did things the old-fashioned way, you would have to send out your requests via fax, email or even snail mail. Once the results were in, you would need to run down to the lab during your downtime to pick them up or, depending on where the tests were performed, have them mailed to you. The whole testing phase could take weeks to months to complete. Thanks to bariatrics practice management and EMR software, however, all tests, requests, charts and data are stored in one convenient location, easy for any interested and authorized party to access when needed. With EMR software, you can order tests and get the results in the same day.
Customized for Unique Health Needs
Bariatric patients often complain of the same symptoms, which include but aren’t limited to hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, diabetes, depression and glucose intolerance. Furthermore, many have undergone the same surgeries. Those include gastric bypass, vertical banded gastroplasty and implantable gastric stimulation. If you’re tired of typing in all those phrases and the possible complications of conditions and procedures, there’s good news. Bariatrics EMR software is pre-populated with content used most frequently by bariatric surgery practices, which can save you time and headache when populating patients’ charts.
Bariatric surgery is one of those surgeries that is often mistaken as a cosmetic procedure. For this reason, it can be difficult to file a claim in such a way so as to guarantee payment upon submittal. EMR software, however, is designed to help practitioners file a successful claim the first time around. Imagine, no more waiting weeks only to find out that a claim has been denied, and no more back-and-forth headache with the insurance companies.
Bariatrics practice management and EMR software is one software you won’t be able to operate without. If you want to streamline the patient onboard process, simplify patient chart management and get paid faster, give EMR technology a try. Schedule a product walk-through today.