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Practice Management software – The Concept Check

The health IT industry is huge, and getting comfortable with certain concepts takes a good deal of time. Since I have been a part of this gigantic industry for quite some time now, I have certainly gotten used to the jargon and various products. I still remember that old saying from college, if you can’t […]

The health IT industry is huge, and getting comfortable with certain concepts takes a good deal of time. Since I have been a part of this gigantic industry for quite some time now, I have certainly gotten used to the jargon and various products. I still remember that old saying from college, if you can’t explain something to someone that means you never understood it yourself in the first place. This pushes me to test how familiar I am with the idea of what practice management software is.

We all know that practice workflow operations have never been limited to clinical documentation. Administering financial and billing workflows, such non-clinical documentation is also an integral part of the practice. Practice Management software was designed to facilitate physicians or practice managers to comply with the latter. So, practice management software deals with daily, non-clinical documentation of a practice. A physician using practice management software can not only optimize resource allocation throughout the office, but also schedule appointments and take care of billing issues.

“Practice management software? Well, we all know the name is self explanatory. Where Electronic Medical Records have simplified clinical documentation, these solutions have simplified other administrative tasks”, says a San Francisco based health IT consultant.

It is also essential to realize that although a few established EMR vendors offer all-in-one solutions that integrate EMR and Practice Management in a single package, both systems are designed to deal with separately specialized tasks. Although the clinical information is transferred to practice management for billing purposes, in no way does the practice management software disrupt the clinical workflows of any practice. This is one of the reasons why physicians have been so keen in adopting practice management software.

“While using practice management software, I have never experienced any glitches that would hamper my clinical performance and documentation. Although related, the two applications are meant to serve different purposes without disrupting any existing workflows”, says a Nebraska based physician.

This blog provides just a basic insight of what practice management software is. However, I do plan on elaborating more on the same aspect in other blogs.

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