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drchrono EHR logo
 
drchrono EHR is a patient care platform that offers customization at the point of care and on the go. In addition to EHR, drchrono also includes scheduling, billing and patient reminders. It is available on iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. Healthcare... Read More
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drchrono EHR is a patient care platform that offers customization at the point of care and on the go. In addition to EHR, drchrono also includes scheduling, billing and patient reminders. It is available on iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. Healthcare... Read More
 
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ADP AdvancedMD offers Web-based EMR and practice management solutions for many specialties, including plastic surgery. The system is ONC-ATCB certified and features support for the iPhone and iPad.
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ADP AdvancedMD offers Web-based EMR and practice management solutions for many specialties, including plastic surgery. The system is ONC-ATCB certified and features support for the iPhone and iPad.
 
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This Web-based EMR and practice management system is optimized for the iPad. Users can take photographs with the iPad camera and upload them in real time to patient charts, annotating with the swipe of a fingertip.
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This Web-based EMR and practice management system is optimized for the iPad. Users can take photographs with the iPad camera and upload them in real time to patient charts, annotating with the swipe of a fingertip.
 
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NueMD is an ONC-ATCB certified EHR that is especially well-known for its billing offering. The Web-based system is used across a variety of specialties, including plastic surgery, and offers strong customer support.
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NueMD is an ONC-ATCB certified EHR that is especially well-known for its billing offering. The Web-based system is used across a variety of specialties, including plastic surgery, and offers strong customer support.
 
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PrognoCIS is a cloud-based ICD-10 compliant and MU certified EMR solution which helps medical facilities and practitioners to manage patient medical recording. The software comprises of integrated modules for EHR, Practice Management,... Read More
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PrognoCIS is a cloud-based ICD-10 compliant and MU certified EMR solution which helps medical facilities and practitioners to manage patient medical recording. The software comprises of integrated modules for EHR, Practice Management,... Read More

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Kareo Clinical EHR logo
 
Ideal for smaller plastic surgery practices, Kareo is marked by its affordability and user-friendly interface. Kareo offers scheduling and billing as well as EMR. The system is Web-based, so users can be up and running quickly.
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Ideal for smaller plastic surgery practices, Kareo is marked by its affordability and user-friendly interface. Kareo offers scheduling and billing as well as EMR. The system is Web-based, so users can be up and running quickly.
 
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WRS Health offers a Web-based EHR that can be fully integrated with its practice management system. Created by a group of practicing physicians, this solution is ideal for small and mid-sized plastic surgery practices.
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WRS Health offers a Web-based EHR that can be fully integrated with its practice management system. Created by a group of practicing physicians, this solution is ideal for small and mid-sized plastic surgery practices.
 
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CureMD is a certified cloud-based EHR, practice management, patient portal and revenue cycle management. CureMD helps physicians and office staff manage their practice operations. It also helps practices adopt Meaningful Use - driving... Read More
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CureMD is a certified cloud-based EHR, practice management, patient portal and revenue cycle management. CureMD helps physicians and office staff manage their practice operations. It also helps practices adopt Meaningful Use - driving... Read More
 
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Azalea Health offers a collection of medical solutions for a variety of specialties. Providing a cloud-based EHR, practice management software, revenue cycle management, and more, Azalea products offer the ability to bring together... Read More
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Azalea Health offers a collection of medical solutions for a variety of specialties. Providing a cloud-based EHR, practice management software, revenue cycle management, and more, Azalea products offer the ability to bring together... Read More
 
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CollaborateMD is a medical billing and practice management solution that helps practices and billing services of all sizes automate and streamline billing and coding processes. The system was designed to be both comprehensive and user-friendly,... Read More
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CollaborateMD is a medical billing and practice management solution that helps practices and billing services of all sizes automate and streamline billing and coding processes. The system was designed to be both comprehensive and user-friendly,... Read More

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AllegianceMD is one of the leaders in Web-based medical software systems. The system was architected to serve the needs of small and midsize practices, as well as ambulatory surgery centers. The Web model is idea for these provider... Read More
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AllegianceMD is one of the leaders in Web-based medical software systems. The system was architected to serve the needs of small and midsize practices, as well as ambulatory surgery centers. The Web model is idea for these provider... Read More
 
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Harmony e/Notes is an integrated software suite spanning electronic medical records, practice management, billing, and revenue cycle management. The EMR application offers a wide range of functionality including: versatile/customizable... Read More
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Harmony e/Notes is an integrated software suite spanning electronic medical records, practice management, billing, and revenue cycle management. The EMR application offers a wide range of functionality including: versatile/customizable... Read More
 
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ChartPerfect is an electronic health record (EHR) system suitable for medical offices in a variety of segments including allergy, cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, plastic and reconstructive, podiatry,... Read More
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ChartPerfect is an electronic health record (EHR) system suitable for medical offices in a variety of segments including allergy, cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, plastic and reconstructive, podiatry,... Read More
 
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SupraMed was created by surgeons with a focus on providing plastic and cosmetic surgery-specific Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management solution for growing practices of any size. SupraMed offers several packages designed... Read More
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SupraMed was created by surgeons with a focus on providing plastic and cosmetic surgery-specific Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management solution for growing practices of any size. SupraMed offers several packages designed... Read More
 
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Perfect for small to medium-sized practices, ChARM EHR is an affordable web-based EHR, Practice Management and Medical Billing solution that can be accessed from anywhere at anytime using an internet ready computer, iPad, or tablet.... Read More
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Perfect for small to medium-sized practices, ChARM EHR is an affordable web-based EHR, Practice Management and Medical Billing solution that can be accessed from anywhere at anytime using an internet ready computer, iPad, or tablet.... Read More

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PatientNOW is a fully integrated Practice Management (PM) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) software for smaller offices and spas that specialize in aesthetic medical practices such as cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery. It’s... Read More
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PatientNOW is a fully integrated Practice Management (PM) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) software for smaller offices and spas that specialize in aesthetic medical practices such as cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery. It’s... Read More
 
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Medscribbler EMR Suite is a HIPPA compliant electronic medical record (EMR) solution. It uses tablets as a primary source of documentation, supporting various input methods such as handwriting, voice and keyboard. The product is offered... Read More
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Medscribbler EMR Suite is a HIPPA compliant electronic medical record (EMR) solution. It uses tablets as a primary source of documentation, supporting various input methods such as handwriting, voice and keyboard. The product is offered... Read More
 
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mEMR by Mitochon Systems is a free 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB certified electronic health records (EHR) system with optional e-prescribing. A Web-based system, mEMR is fully secured by Amazon’s E2 Cloud in a HIPAA-compliant and SAS70-certified... Read More
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mEMR by Mitochon Systems is a free 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB certified electronic health records (EHR) system with optional e-prescribing. A Web-based system, mEMR is fully secured by Amazon’s E2 Cloud in a HIPAA-compliant and SAS70-certified... Read More
 
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Specifically designed to support smaller practices with five providers or less, EnableDoc EHR is a cost-effective, Web-based electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) solution. EnableDoc is modular, allowing practices... Read More
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Specifically designed to support smaller practices with five providers or less, EnableDoc EHR is a cost-effective, Web-based electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) solution. EnableDoc is modular, allowing practices... Read More
 
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MDeverywhere's cloud-based practice management solution, Practice 1st, combines a strong rules engine with all aspects of medical billing services. Its clients include practices of all sizes in more than 40 distinct specialties. The... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

by Gaby Loria,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: June 3, 2017


Plastic surgeons have a reputation for being on the “cutting edge” of new technologies, so it’s not surprising that many are embracing software to help streamline their clinical and administrative workflows. Plastic surgery practices face challenges common to most medical practices: they need to optimize time spent with patients and time spent charting, they must manage scheduling efficiently and they want to bill profitably. These are challenges most medical systems address.

But plastic surgeons have some unique needs, too. They require software designed to handle a large volume of forms. They also need a sophisticated image management solution, as well as a system that enables scheduling in multiple locations. This guide will provide tips and information for plastic surgery practices evaluating software solutions.

Evaluating Plastic Surgery Software

Plastic surgery electronic medical record (EMR) software is designed to meet the specialty’s unique clinical needs, while plastic surgery practice management software helps improve efficiency in the day-to-day administration of the practice. While some practices may purchase only EMR software or only practice management software, most will benefit from an integrated solution that includes both.

Here are some important features for practices to consider when evaluating software for plastic or cosmetic surgery:

Image management The system should be able to import and store images, overlay photos for before-and-after viewing and allow physician annotation. Many EMR systems include mobile support and will let users take photos from an iPad or other tablet that can be automatically attached to the patient record. Some EMRs also include Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) modules that store and manage X-rays or other radiology scans.
Document management Plastic surgery practices have to manage large volumes of forms (consent forms, preoperative instructions, postoperative instructions and more). Your software should be able to store and manage all these patient forms.
Plastic surgery CPT & ICD coding The software should be able to reference current diagnostic and procedural code sets such as CPT and ICD. Some systems can learn (or allow clinicians to designate) frequently used surgical codes so that they can be pulled up quickly.
Plastic surgery-specific templates Some systems will include templates designed specifically for the plastic surgery practice, such as templates for various types of injections, implants (or implant removal), laser procedures and more.
Hands-free dictation Plastic surgery exams are often hands-on, so physicians benefit from software that can enable hands-free notation. Many solutions include hands-free dictation features.
Scheduling Many plastic surgeons need to schedule patients in multiple locations: different hospitals where surgeries are performed, as well as an office location where exams are performed. The right practice management software will facilitate these complex scheduling needs.

Not all software for plastic surgery will include all of these features, and different systems will support various features to different degrees. Plastic surgeons should identify the features most critical to their practices.

Expected Benefits

Robust plastic surgery software will help you to better organize your practice and spend your time more effectively. You should expect the following benefits when when implementing and using a system properly:

  • Efficiency: You didn’t become a doctor to fill out forms and file paperwork, yet that may be what you find yourself spending the majority of your time doing. With plastic surgery software systems you can streamline your process so that you can spend more time working with your patients and less time making sure all of the paperwork gets to the right place. The system will automatically file and organize paperwork and images, with access granted to everyone in the practice, making administration much easier.
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  • Organization: When you frequently have to schedule exams and surgeries in multiple locations, it can be easy for you—and your patients—to get disorganized. With practice management software organizing your scheduling, you can automatically track who needs to be where, when they need to be there, and what they need to have with them. Both your employees and your patients will be less likely to be confused about where and when an appointment is scheduled.
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  • Improved patient relations: Although efficiency and organization alone should make your patients happier with your practice, plastic surgery software can also specifically improve their experience with you as their doctor. Hands-free dictation can let you spend more time talking to and examining them, rather than looking down at a chart, while image management functionality means you can easily share with them the x-rays, before-and-after photos and explanatory diagrams that can help put their minds at ease.

Important Considerations

Aside from the features mentioned above, there are a few market-level trends and distinctions plastic surgery practices should be aware of.

Software as a Service (SaaS). This refers to cloud-based or Web-based software, which can be accessed online through an Internet browser, rather than stored locally on a practice’s servers. The easy remote and on-the-go access of SaaS software, as well as the reduced up-front costs (since hardware costs are minimized), make SaaS solutions particularly popular with plastic surgeons. To learn more about SaaS medical software, read our Web-based EMR guide.

Mobile support. Perhaps, due in part to the tech-forward approach of many plastic surgery practices (as well as the tactile nature of the profession), tablet usage is especially popular among plastic surgeons. Many solutions support tablet or smartphone use. Those seeking plastic surgery system for Mac will be especially drawn to systems that are designed specifically for iPad use at the point of care, such as Modernizing Medicine’s Electronic Medical Assistant. For more on tablet-supported solutions, check out our iPad EMR guide.

Meaningful use. Thanks to 2009’s HITECH Act, the U.S. government offers monetary incentives for practices to adopt and “meaningfully use” certified electronic health records (EHR) systems. (The terms “EHR” and “EMR” are often used interchangeably, though some rough distinctions are emerging.) Practices who treat Medicare or Medicaid patients may choose to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, in which case they’ll need to adopt an EHR that is “certified” by one of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology’s Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies—known as ONC-ATCBs. To read more about certified software, check out our ONC-ATCB-certified EMR guide.

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