Every medical software solution is different. While all incorporate electronic medical records (EMR), scheduling and billing capabilities, neurologists and neurosurgeons have a unique distinction among physicians, dealing with the most elusive and sensitive of human organs.
Neurology relies heavily on complicated tests, including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG) and electronystagmography (ENG). A neurology-specific EMR, therefore, should integrate with all the tests the physician will use, as well as provide other key features specifically designed to support neurology patients and their families.
|Neurological workflow management||Workflows should be designed to meet the needs of your specialty and customized to each individual evaluation and treatment. For example, an Alzheimer’s workflow will walk you through the diagnostic process—assessing the medical history, mood evaluation, dementia tests, physical exam, lab tests, neurological exam and digital imaging procedures—and continue through ongoing treatment of the patient.|
|Comprehensive neurology templates||Comprehensive Neurology Templates Custom SOAP note templates are designed specifically for neurological conditions, including: epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries, vertigo, headaches and as many as 150 more. These templates integrate into the EMR workflow, making charting quicker and easier.|
|Neurology ICD-9/CPT coding & billing crosswalk||Save time and money by having your workflow do the billing for you. Able to immediately cross-reference ICD-9 to CPT codes, a neurology-specific EMR concentrates on those codes a neurologist needs, providing support for unusual cases and avoiding the confusing clutter that occurs in a one-size-fits-all EMRs.|
|Patient & family history||Nowhere is it more critical to track and manage patient and family history than in neurological disorders. The EMR stores these factors and makes them more present in follow-up visits, increasing patient familiarity and supporting diagnosis and treatment in the long term.|
|Patient education||Educating patients and family members on the nature of the condition they’re dealing with goes a long way toward healing the emotional trauma associated with neurological disorders. Therefore, certain neurology-specific EMRs have documentation tools, which can be printed, emailed or demonstrated visually, that are designed to do precisely that.|
|Digital imaging integration||CT, MRI and PET scans are a major component of neurological practice today. A neurology-specific EHR should integrate imaging test results seamlessly into your workflow with electronic delivery, on-image note taking or sample graphing as desired.|
|Electrographic integration||Your interface should read and interpret EEG, ENG and/or EMG data, according to the needs of your practice. Storing the test data electronically supports long term care.|
|Neurosurgery||For neurosurgeons, ensure the EMR support surgery with pre-op and post-op templates, patient preparation documentation and neurosurgical workflow processes.|
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