Otolaryngologists deal with a wide variety of patients and conditions, from three-year-olds with Eustachian tube infections to injury survivors receiving maxillofacial reconstructive surgery. Because of this variety, EMRs should meet the specific needs of otolaryngology or ear, nose and throat (ENT) practices with highly customized and customizable workflow and SOAP notes templates.
|Otolaryngology SOAP notes templates||Rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach, most otolaryngology EMRs have hundreds of customized templates for every condition imaginable, from hearing assessment to nasal fractures to thyroid conditions and beyond. Depending on the EMR, these templates can be personalized, but most physicians prefer simply taking advantage of the ample pre-existing templates already at their disposal.|
|ENT-specific medication management||Your ENT workflow solution can suggest medications, and in the unusual event that a physician tries to prescribe a dangerous dosage, or Levothyroxine instead of Levocetirizine for a patient complaining of allergies, it can let the physician know. These alerts can be modified for any trigger scenario desired.|
|ENT-specific coding & billing||ENT-specific EMRs provide more assistance on ICD9 and CPT coding & billing for common ENT encounters, while avoiding the clutter of thousands of codes unrelated to your practice. Since these systems administrative and clinical workflows, they also know what procedures have been performed and which treatments prescribed, making the claim process faster and more accurate.|
|Integration to ENT devices||That brand new rhinometry tool may be useful, but its ability to integrate into your EMR is just as critical as its ability to assess nasal congestion. Before buying your solution, make sure it will be compatible with all your otolaryngology devices.|
|Allergy management||Some products have a specific allergy module that streamlines the testing and treatment process from beginning to end. You can even track a patient’s adherence to their serum regimens, ensuring successful treatment and long-term results.|
|Audiology||With hundreds of conditions and diagnoses and its own special charting software, importing and integrating audiology charts is an important aspect of EMR software for an otolaryngologist. Some EMRs have over 100 workflow templates for this area alone.|
|Sleep studies||Use specialized templates to track, store and interpret data for sleep apnea, snoring or other otolaryngology-related sleep disorders.|
More than 100 vendors serve the ENT specialty. In addion to EHR, ENT practices will want a strong practice management system to support medical billing, as well as appointment scheduling to improve office workflows, efficiency and patient correspondence before, during or after their visits.
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