Healthcare Practice Management Software – What You Should Know

By August 21, 2017
healthcare practice management software

What is practice management software for behavioral health practices? And how does it differ from an EHR? These are two important questions to ask to help you decide what exactly your agency needs from systems to help you manage your practice.

What is healthcare practice management software?

Behavioral health practice management software automates and streamlines the operational aspect of your healthcare practice. For example, you get comprehensive operational functionality that helps you manage and support authorization management, medication accountability, bed management, inventory, document tracking, and more.

An EHR system, on the other hand, is an electronic version of a paper chart.

How does healthcare practice management software differ from an EHR?

An EHR streamlines data entry for clinicians, assisting with assigning the correct codes. It also reduces or eliminates the paper chart needed.

Practice management systems manage the practice such as calendar and scheduling, intake, capturing demographics, a client portal, and more.

Do you need both healthcare practice management software and an EHR?

The more software you’re using at a time, the more work for staff, management, and clinicians to bring those pieces together for reporting and managing purposes. You lose massive efficiencies by having multiple disparate systems and it also becomes a cost burden.

Many practices maintain separate systems for calendar and scheduling, coding and billing, authorization management, clinician notes, bed and medication management, and more. Making these separate pieces work together consistently and efficiently can be challenging.

Imagine how efficient and effective staff, clinicians, and management can be when their system contains everything they need in one simple platform.

Conclusion

Healthcare practice management software is an important purchase. The choices you make can make a significant difference in your management capabilities, profitability, client outcomes, and staff happiness.

Take your time to carefully evaluate and demo several platforms to find the one that best fits your practice’s needs.

The Remarkable Health difference

Remarkable Health’s CT|One is a fully integrated behavioral health EHR solution to help you take client care to a higher level. We have assisted agencies just like yours achieve greater efficiencies and broader insights into improved client care and management.

CT|One is a complete hosted Electronic Health Record (EHR) – Clinical, Billing, Scheduling, Medication Management / e-Prescribing, Reporting, and more – for inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings.

Request a demo today to discover how your agency can help clients achieve remarkable outcomes.