Newsflash folks: paper charts aren’t coming back. And, the demand for plastic surgery is still high and will continue to rise. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of nonelective and elective procedures continues to soar every year. If you want to successfully manage your growth, the number one tool you will use outside of your hands/head/staff…is your software. Here’s a guide to finding the best new technology for a forward-looking, innovative medical office.
How the Right Software Can Streamline Your Practice
Modern medical practices need modern solutions. An integrated system can help you:
Organize your patient records
Maintain customer contacts
Manage finances and accounting
Follow government and privacy regulations
Track your marketing efforts
Manage the business side of your practice
It does on of everything if you pick the right one…
As we’re all painfully aware the federal government has made the push to move our lovely healthcare system to fully electronic records mandatory for all medical practices in the name of “continuity.” As we all have seen, the result is an overly-saturated network of electronic health records (HER) AKA electronic medical records (EMR) AKA practice management software (PM) AKA billing software (do you really want another acronym from me?). Then throw all the plug-in programs, and middleware, and add-on modules…the permutations of the way a practice can/could be set up are literally endless.
Nonetheless, these databases are critical as they connect critical datapoints every provider needs to be on top of within the patient’s record, including lab results🔬, prescriptions💊, clinical procedures⚕️, hospital stays🏥 , financials, more. With the right EHR/EMR software, you can not only be in the 21st century with the rest of us, compliant, but actually MORE EFFICIENT.
Popular EHR Providers*
*in no particular order as we don’t pick favorites and the right choice for you is not the right choice for someone else. We’re not everyone’s biller, and not every program is everyone’s EMR/EHR/PM
Symplast: This program is specially designed for plastic surgery offices and medical spas. It includes an advanced EHR database, marketing analytics and insurance billing features. The differentiator here is the focus on app-based functionality. So think tablets to enable patient engagement instead of staring at a computer screen while you talk to someone and a patient app that allows your patients to see their records and schedule appointments. If you want a new-age app, mobility, with some aesthetic bells/whistles…this might be a match! Symplast is compatible with PCs/Macs!
Nextech: This is another choice designed specifically for plastic surgery practices. Nextech is the name you probably know. They’re the wily vet of plastics EMRs. Nextech is super workflow heavy and malleable. So it is great for folks who want a complete system with customization of templates! It comes with a mobile app that’s compatible with Android or iOS platforms📱. If you want a comprehensive and robust system – this could be your go to!
ModMed: This suite integrates EHR, practice management and marketing analytics all in one spot. ModMed started as an EHR and built in the EMR so they have wonderful documentation workflows built in…you document as you check boxes and it codes with/for you. You’ll also find the bells/whistles you expect for aesthetics. If you like simple/quick/easy documentation – this might be a great fit!
PatientNOW: This platform helps make your practice more efficient. It provides fast access to all your practice records, sets appointment reminders for your patients, and creates easy check-in and check-out procedures. Somewhat similar to Nextech in terms of being robust and around the block for a while, but LESS of a focus on insurance billing.
Remedly: This cloud-based suite combines practice management and patient contacts with EHR/EMR database integration. It is a total package designed by plastic surgery providers. Remedly also comes with 24-7 technical support. Bells + whistles + new system consistently improving and developing!
CosmetiSuite: This integrated package comes with a full point of sale (POS) system, customizable patient contact forms and practice management functions. Marketing and patient retention tools are automated and easy to use.
Kareo: Another cloud-based program, Kareo can be purchased as one module or several interconnected modules, depending on your practice needs. Track inventory, manage your billing and produce sales reports with ease. This is a non-specialty specific option.
Auctus Group Can Help You Find the Best Solution for Your Practice
Are you considering a new system for your office? At Auctus Group Consulting, we specialize in helping busy medical professionals find the right technology solutions.✔️
Here’s how we can help:
1. Figure Out What you Need 🔍
Knowing what you need is the first step to choosing the right package. Prioritize. Do you want a simple system? Do you want a robust system? Do you want workflow first or EMR first? We can help with an assessment of your current system and suggestions for powerful programs that will boost your productivity and save you money.
2. Find the Technology that Fills the Gap 💻
Looking at all the available options can be overwhelming. They have similar features, and they all promise to do the same things. Which one is right for you? We’ll help you determine which platforms deliver the power and performance you need.
3. Get the Details 📋
As part of our consulting process, we’ll investigate at the details:
How long will it take to fully implement?
Will they provide regular updates?
What kind of training and tech support do they offer?
4. Ease Implementation 👍
The best solution in the world won’t work if you can’t use it. We will help you implement the new application and get your staff on board.
Take Charge of Your Practice
If you want to position yourself as an innovative plastic surgery practice, you need the best technology solutions. Choosing the right application doesn’t have to be overwhelming. When you’re ready to take action, talk to Auctus Group. We’re here to help.