Kareo is a popular web-based medical billing and practice management system. It can be used by nearly any type of specialty practice or healthcare facility, including substance abuse centers. A feature-rich, easy-to-use system.
WRS Health is a web-based EMR and practice management system that offers unique templates and content for many different specialties and types of medical centers. It is both 2011 CCHIT and 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB certified.
Centricity is GE Healthcare’s popular electronic health records solution. It features comprehensive functionality for substance abuse, integration with external systems, and support for communication with other providers.
AdvancedMD offers a complete integrated suite with electronic health records, billing, scheduling and revenue cycle management software. It's a web-based system that can be accessed from remote computers and mobile devices.
CareCloud can be used by nearly any size and type of practice, including substance abuse centers. It's a modern web-based practice management system that has strong data mining, rules management, analytics and reporting functions.
TotalMD's is an intuitive practice management solution for various specialties, including substance abuse. The software provides an integrated suite of features that helps you run your practice or billing service more smoothly.
NueMD supports many types of specialties, including behavioral and mental health. It is ONC-ATCB certified, web-based and runs on both Mac and Windows computers. Over 7,000 providers from 100 specialties have adopted NueMD.
Substance abuse clinics will find DrCloud EMR to be a great fit that grows with their business. The web-based solution is Meaningful Use Certified and sold on a pay-as-you-go basis. Offers seamless integration.
ClinicTracker is designed specifically for substance abuse and chemical dependence practices. It can be used in small to large offices. It offers many features including wireless and tablet PC support, e-Prescribing and more.
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Unlike a generic electronic medical/health record software solution, EMRs for substance abuse treatment centers have unique features and capabilities designed specifically for those involved in addiction rehabilitation. Substance abuse software will offer charting templates for managing clinical records related to specific drug and alcohol abuse treatment in addition to other treatment center demands. Also, EMRs for substance abuse centers often have e-prescribing to electronically generate prescriptions, and a laboratory request interface to track patient lab results.
When selecting a substance abuse treatment EMR, consider other features that will improve the clinic’s efficiency and quality of care. For example, if your facility provides group counseling sessions, your EMR should have scheduling and patient records capabilities that can handle multiple patients simultaneously. An inpatient facility will have needs that an outpatient facility does not, and vice versa. Many substance abuse EMRs have a feature that allows collaboration and sharing of clinical data between agencies. And financing sources can vary widely in substance abuse centers, so ensure that the system can support your typical payers and billing processes.
Some of the factors to consider are:
Substance abuse workflow management
Carry the individual through the entire continuum of care, from first inquiry through admission, treatment, therapies and any medications prescribed, and finally discharge and follow-up/outpatient care.
Notes management for individuals or groups
Substance abuse counselors may need to access their old notes quickly to review previous sessions. They may need to access multiple patient records simultaneously, or they may only deal with patients one-on-one. Take your treatment plan into account when considering your EMR.
Substance abuse EMR templates
The EMR should facilitate the workflow through templates that are targeted to each specific condition. For example: alcoholism, narcotics, prescription painkillers, infection management, and so on.
Sale and/or reimbursement management
Some substance abuse treatment centers bill insurance companies, others are funded exclusively through public or private charities, while still others are financed by the patients themselves. Consider your primary funding sources to ensure you get the payment systems you need, and not the ones you don’t.
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