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Electronic medical record (EMR) / electronic health record (EHR) systems for mental and behavioral health providers have unique features and capabilities specifically for counselors, mental health clinics and group practices. We created this guide to help you understand your options and evaluate the best fit for you.
Here's what this guide will cover:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website regularly publishes data from meaningful use (MU) attestations under the EHR Incentive Programs. Attestation data is now up to date through the end of 2013. We’ve used that data to drill into the psychiatry specialty and get a handle on which EHR vendors are leading in the field of mental health.
Software Advice analyzed hundreds of MU attestations from psychiatrists to determine which systems are used most often by mental health professionals attesting to MU. Most of the top vendors create products for multiple specialties; however, Valant (#7) and ICANotes (#9) create products tailored to the mental health field.
Read the full report here: Mental Health Meaningful Use Market Share IndustryView | 2014
There are a number of features unique to the mental health field that you'll want to look for in a software system. For example, leading systems offer charting templates for evaluation and progress notes, automated coding to ensure highest possible E/M codes and medication and prescription management tools. Additionally, software for psychiatrists, psychologists, and behavioral centers often have e-prescribing to electronically generate prescriptions and the proper documentation, and a laboratory request interface to track patient lab results.
When selecting a mental or behavioral health EMR, providers should consider other features necessary to improve efficiency and care at their agency or facility. For example, some psychiatry electronic medical records allow you to create and store custom, reusable notes in a database for quick retrieval during a patient encounter. Others will need administrative features like a calendar application or patient scheduling system for clinical appointments.
Here are some of the capabilities to consider:
|Workflow management||Make sure your system facilitates point of care and supports, rather than interferes, with your opportunities for direct patient interaction, thus supporting the way you do business.|
|Advanced note management||Mental and behavioral health specialists may need to access their old notes quickly to review previous sessions. Behavioral health electronic health records software should allow for easy retrieval and viewing of the notes and assessment in multi-axial format.|
|Specialty EMR templates||Specialty psychiatric SOAP notes templates include anxiety, depression, delirium, mania, psychosis, eating disorders, addiction, personality disorders, suicide, and more. Providers can use the pre-existing templates or, if desired, customize them even further.|
|GAF charts||Monitor the severity of mental or behavioral factors with a graphical depiction of ongoing progress, rating the social, occupational, and psychological functioning of a patient through Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF).|
|Specialty ICD-9 billing & coding||Many mental and behavioral health specialists have needs unique to their practice, depending on their area of focus. A strong solution will provide detailed billing support without the clutter of additional codes you don’t need.|
There are several trends happening in electronic medical records for mental health and psychiatry software. Here are a few you should consider as you select a product and vendor: