When selecting an EHR, ophthalmology practices often hear stories about how the new system will save time and bring in patients. Yet, many practices have invested in the wrong system and never live out these success stories. In fact, one 2021 study found the wrong EHR slows down administrative work for ophthalmology practices more than not having a system at all.
Dermatology EHRs have helped practices care for patients for over three decades. Around the 25th anniversary of the invention of all EHR systems, researchers from Sweden and South Africa analyzed how the implementation of these systems was going worldwide. They found many practices didn’t experience increased efficiency from their EHR. Often, this was due to choosing the wrong one. By researching dermatology EHRs before selecting your next system, your practice can avoid this pitfall.
As a plastic surgeon, you’re aware of how the right tools can make or break a patient’s treatment. The tools that come to mind first are probably surgical instruments, but your administrative tools can impact patient care too. Because of this, many practices are switching to a new plastic surgery EHR.
Between 2015 and 2021, the dermatology industry experienced a period of consolidation. Thanks to rising overhead costs and an influx of private equity investments, the number of solo dermatology practices decreased while the number of larger practices increased. At the same time, demand for dermatological care grew. Now, practices must find new ways to keep up with the record demand and fast-growing teams, and the right EHR is one of those ways.
Plastic surgery is a rapidly growing field, with the demand for aesthetic injectables growing by 10%-15% year over year. There are many potential reasons, from improved techniques for nonsurgical treatments to a decreased stigma around injectables, but one thing is clear: elective plastic surgery treatments are in-demand. Thanks to this increased interest, practices are seeing more patients than ever before. To keep up, many practices are switching from a generic EHR to a plastic surgery EHR. A specialty-specific system allows practices to move faster while maintaining excellent patient care. Here’s how practices across the country use plastic surgery-specific EHRs to satisfy increased demand.
If you’re running an ophthalmology practice, there’s a good chance you are, or will soon be, flooded with patients. Over the past two decades, the demand for ophthalmology has grown, while the number of ophthalmologists has shrunk from 6.20 per 100,000 individuals to 5.68. To keep up with demand, your practice needs to get more patients in and out of your office while still providing excellent patient care.
The right technology for your practice is felt in the ease and efficiency of patient and staff experiences. The wrong technology is seen in disrupted patient care, lost revenue, and an ineffective workflow. Yet, it can be hard to decide what technologies are right and wrong for your ophthalmology practice.
Whether you’re looking to improve the patient experience, increase your team’s productivity, or take on more patients, there’s probably a performance goal you have set for your plastic surgery practice. But setting goals and achieving them are two different things–and accomplishing them often boils down to having the right tools. No matter your goal, the right plastic surgery EHR (electronic health records) and PM (practice management) software can make it easier to achieve.