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Chiropractic EMR Software
Chiropractic physicians specialize in treating neuromusculoskeletal disorders, including how those disorders affect overall patient health. Therefore, it is important that treatment plans and care outcomes are carefully documented. Chiropractic EMR software not only facilitates efficient documentation - it also allows chiropractors to share health data with other physicians, regarding mutual patients.
Are you a chiropractor looking for a quality electronic medical record (EMR) product designed specifically for the chiropractic specialty? Take a look at Health Technology Review's EMR software reviews section to see a list of chiropractic EMR software vendors.
Chiropractic EMR systems come pre-loaded with common chiropractic templates, diagnosis codes and assessments. Most products even let physicians customize existing templates to fit their unique workflows and charting needs. This can include setting preferred items or commonly-used scenarios to call up with the click of a button or modifying the data that populates when selecting an assessment. Having a product designed with chiropractors in mind means chiropractic providers are able to document more efficiently and administer better care for their patients. Some common chiropractic templates include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cervical Complaints
- Chiropractic Narrative
- Disc Bulge, Herniation or rupture
- Follow Up
- Lumbar Complaints
- Motor Vehicle Accident
- Neck Pain and Stiffness
- Sports Injury
- Thoracic Complaints
- Workers Compensation
Interfaces and Software Compatibility
Chiropractors often treat patients who were referred to them by other specialists or primary care providers. Many times, these patients have had X-rays or other imaging tests done, and those images need to be entered into the chiropractor's EMR. When choosing an EMR software, chiropractors should think about the systems and devices (i.e. electronic goniometers) they regularly work with and verify that their EMR is able to interface with them.
Scheduling and Practice Management Software
Many chiropractic EMR systems are all-inclusive, meaning that they feature scheduling capabilities and practice management software functions. This means that chiropractors can manage patient data, demographics, account information and more, all from the same system.
Online Patient Portal
EMR-integrated patient portals allow patients to request appointments and prescription refills, complete patient intake forms, update demographics, pay their bills online, and more - freeing up staff members for other tasks. Patient engagement also increases, as patients have the ability to view test results and access patient education resources.
Additional Chiropractic EMR Features
Here are some other software features that chiropractors might choose to look for in an EMR:
- Create customized chiropractic reports
- Import graphics, such as drawings of the body, spine and muscle groups
- Generate chiropractic letters
- Computerized Muscle Training
- Patient information resources concerning home exercise programs
- Flow charts for spine and extremities measurements
Chiropractors are listed as eligible providers by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and can apply for federal incentive payments through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. In order to qualify, chiropractors must first implement a certified EMR software solution. Afterwards, they can begin attesting to Meaningful Use of the software. To learn more about the EHR Incentive Program, including program guidelines and important dates, visit the CMS website.
Last updated: October 26, 2012