How Templates Make a Difference with EMR

When using an EMR like McKesson’s Medisoft Clinical, the key is to work with your vendor to develop templates that are customized to your specialty and mirrors the doctor’s charting tendencies. With the advent of meaningful use and malpractice worries, this art form can become a charting nightmare.  When using an EMR like McKesson’s Medisoft Clinical, the key is to work with your vendor to develop templates that are customized to your specialty and mirrors the doctor’s charting tendencies. Practicing medicine is an art.

Templates take advantage of existing paper documentation (progress notes) and attempt to clone a doctor’s approach into the software.  This takes some creativity by technicians and doctors to morph the EMR into an individualized tool to assist the doctor through the encounter.

In health care, no two patients are alike, and this holds true for physicians and their documentation.  Your templates should reflect the needs of your specialty and be customized to meet those needs.

With proper input from the doctor, we have been able to accommodate the unique requirements that providers need to document the patient encounter so they can rely on a system that works and thinks the way their practice does.  The key is getting notes completed quickly.  The ability to have templates, menus, forms and the entire EMR personalized for each provider will speed up the workflow and increase the efficiency of the documentation.  Using skilled professionals to design a system the way the doctor wants to work is the hallmark of this endeavor.

Templates can have custom section names and fields can be selected from drop down, pick lists or text entry (free type).  They can also be clicked on to present a particular procedure.  Providers can set their own default values and information can be pulled from other sections of the chart, like major problems, medication list and previous history.

With specialty-specific templates, designed for each doctor, your practice can achieve dramatic improvements in workflow efficiency and patient care.

Iron Comet Consulting is a Mckesson Platinum certified reseller, medical IT firm and medical billing service based in Stockbridge, Georgia. Our products combine the clinical with the financial to improve workflow and revenue capture. Mckesson’s Medisoft Clinical is a complete physician practice optimization solution. For more information, please visit http://www.ironcomet.com

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