What Technology Do I Need?
• Can I document visits without any mandatory billing and quality reporting workflows?
• Does this platform have integrated practice management tools?
• Can I leverage patient engagement features?
Elation’s EHR is widely adopted in direct care, in practices ranging from solo physicians to large employer-based management organizations.
Choosing an EHR
The EHR is a critical first choice for any physician starting a direct care practice. This tool will be the main technology a physician engages with throughout their day, and must keep workflows efficient and inform decisions at the point of care. Some key questions to consider when choosing an EHR:
• Will this system allow me to document without compromising patient-physician interactions?
• Is there a focus on care quality rather than reimbursements?
The role of an EHR is to make sure that there’s nothing in the way of building that relationship – whether it be delayed lab results, loss of professional notes, or a clunky system.
Secondary tools that can integrate with an EHR help complete the practice management. Below is a list of key software categories direct care physicians should evaluate when starting or growing their practice:
• Patient marketing
• Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
• Memberships management and billing
Imaging and Lab Integrations
Direct care patients seeking laboratory testing and imaging procedures should be referred to independent testing and imaging centers for treatment. Often times, direct care-friendly facilities will offer a discount for lab work and off-site testing which can be arranged through vendors.
Elation’s EHR is integrated with partners in all of these categories. See a complete list at elationhealth.com/partners.