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Leading pain management software electronic medical record (EMR)/electronic health record (EHR) systems will provide templates for the common complaints and procedures seen by pain management specialists. They will also allow for medication tracking, interactive diagrams and regular/recurring visits to facilitate the workflow at a clinic. As a small niche specialty, there aren’t any EHR vendors that focus exclusively on pain management.
|Pain management workflow||Clinics work in conjunction with—or based on the referral of—physicians in other specialties, so it’s important to select an EMR solution that integrates these referrals into your workflow. Your EMR should be able to interpret scanned documents, faxes, or PDF files and/or plug directly into EMRs from other physicians, allowing you to quickly and easily transfer information to and from your associates.|
|Pain management templates||Specialty EMRs contain SOAP notes templates specific to the medical specialty. For pain management, these templates might include fluoroscopy, arthritis, sciatica, lumbar puncture, anesthesiology, epidural, intrathecal catheter, spondylolisthesis, bursa injections, ganglion blocks, joint-specific pain (neck, back, elbow, hip, jaw etc.), opioid trials, infusion pump replacements, botulinum injection and many more.|
|Pre-operative and post-operative care/support||Ensure easy documentation of pre- and post-operative care with templates that streamline the workflow for surgical patients.|
|Prescription order tracking||Ensure that your EMR solutions has a pain management drug database that integrates seamlessly with the physician’s workflow, allowing the caregiver to prescribe medications, track refills, send secure prescriptions of narcotics or other pain medications and access suggested medications from the SOAP notes.|
|Lab result & device integration||Many systems integrate directly into operating room vitals monitoring machines, allowing the physician to track patient progress during surgery. In addition, these programs should allow for easy importing of results from laboratory, radiology and other diagnostic tests, reducing the need for manually importing data.|
|Interactive diagrams||For specialists, identifying the nature and location of the pain is the most important—and sometimes challenging—part of the process. A pain management EMR should include interactive diagrams for documenting pain locations, which then tie directly to the patient record and even support the diagnostics.|
|Pain management billing & reporting||A specialty EMR will include pain management-specific ICD-9, CPT and HCPC Codes. Advanced systems can automatically generate those codes based on lab or radiology procedures and information captured in the SOAP notes. They can even scrub the claims, ensuring accuracy in billing and expediting the payment process.|
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