Electronic Health Record and Electronic Medical Record systems are being implemented in nearly every field of medicine, including chiropractic. The workflow in chiropractic is similar to many other fields of healthcare but does require highly specific templates and practice methods. It takes a well-defined EMR or EHR system to be able to meet the needs of chiropractic care facilities.
Special Features of Chiropractic EHR
Chiropractic requires special features that are not typically found in a general practice EHR software suite. While examination reports, care assessments and flow charts may be similar, they must be specific to chiropractic care because the practice is extremely definitive and requires more than generalities.
Within an expansive chiropractic electronic health record system the examination reports should be best-matched for chiropractic care. Having a general report may not be of any use to a professional who needs to document patient care in a best-suited manner. For example, neck disability assessments may be part of the suite, as well as range of motion flow charts that measure the spine, neck and extremities. The assessments must be detailed and specific to chiropractic care operations.
Another important feature of a chiropractic specific EHR system is the stored information concerning home exercises for patient related problems. The information is specific to the data entered into the system and generated in relation to what is entered. When neck pain and stiffness is the problem, patient instructional information related to these symptoms is created and specific home exercise programs are provided. The patient’s home care is specific to the information put into the system by the chiropractor. There are no generalities, but rather a highly specific program designed for the needs of each patient.
Optional Chiropractic EHR Templates
While most chiropractic EHR software systems include similar information structures, optional templates are available depending on the needs set forth by the facility. A chiropractor who specializes in motor vehicle accidents can have a specific template set up within the EHR system. The template may be well-suited for insurance company reporting and billing, as well as attorney record reporting and record keeping.
Other chiropractic EHR templates may include such problems as sports-related injuries, Medicare spinal problems, Worker’s Compensation related claims, carpal tunnel syndrome, lumbar complaints or thoracic problems. The list continues and chiropractors may opt for a wide array of specific templates available within the software set-up. Customized templates can be created specific to the workflow and practice.
Some of the most common, yet specific workflow templates include sports physicals and injuries. Reports can be generated for the patient’s treating physician through streamlined record keeping. Customized treatment protocols can be created and followed throughout the entire phase of care.
The EHR system is highly effective within the chiropractic office. Not only is the professional able to spend more one-on-one time with the patient, making the patient feel more adequately cared for, but the streamlined billing and processing procedures create more revenue for the business. Time and money are saved, creating a much more efficiently run chiropractic clinic.