Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice helps plastic surgeons choose the right EMR software so they can electronically prescribe medication and attach images to patient records.

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AdvancedMD

AdvancedMD is a unified suite of software solutions designed for mental health, physical therapy and medical healthcare organizations and independent physician practices. Features include practice management, electronic health records,... Read more

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athenahealth

athenaClinicals' Web-based, ONC-ATCB certified solution is consistently ranked with high scores by users. It is well suited to a number of specialties, including plastic surgery, and features mobile support. Read more

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Kareo Billing

Kareo is a web-based medical billing and practice management solution used by medical practitioners and physicians across the United States. The system suits small practices and billing companies. With Kareo, practices can schedule... Read more

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PrognoCIS by Bizmatics

PrognoCIS EHR and PrognoCIS Telemedicine have earned a reputation for fast, flexible individual provider workflow. The software package offers a full suite of highly desirable features and functions. PrognoCIS provides a cloud-based... Read more

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DrChrono EHR

DrChrono’s iPad and iPhone compatible EHR and medical billing platform allows medical practices and healthcare providers to manage patient intake, patient care, clinical charting, billing and revenue cycle management. It includes... Read more

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Kareo Clinical EHR

Kareo is a Web-based EHR, medical billing, and practice management used by thousands of physicians across the United States. This system suits small practices and billing companies. With Kareo, practices can schedule patients, confirm... Read more

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AllegianceMD

AllegianceMD is a cloud-based medical software system that is designed to serve the needs of small and midsize practices, as well as ambulatory surgery centers. The solution includes practice management functionality for billing and... Read more

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ChartLogic

ChartLogic offers an ambulatory EHR suite that includes electronic medical record, practice management, revenue cycle management, e-prescribing and patient portal. The solution caters to primary care, surgical care and other complex... Read more

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Modernizing Medicine's EHR & Healthcare IT Suite

Modernizing Medicine is a cloud-based, all-in-one EHR and healthcare IT suite of solutions, designed to help medical practices across various healthcare specialties, such as otolaryngology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, orthopedics... Read more

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ChARM EHR

ChARM Health is a MU certified, cloud-based EHR, Practice Management and Medical Billing solution that helps healthcare organizations ranging from large multi-specialty groups to small independent medical offices function efficiently.... Read more

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Nextech

For more than 20 years, Nextech has provided a full-featured EMR and Practice Management solution within a single database. This system is a fit for dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, and physicians, and is used by... Read more

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Harmony e/Notes

Harmony e/Notes is a hybrid integrated solution that offers functionalities for electronic medical records, practice management, billing and revenue cycle management. Specialities that the solution caters to include cardiology, general... Read more

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Aesthetics Pro Online

Aesthetics Pro Online is a cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant medical spa management solution that offers staff management, calendar management, client management, point-of-sale and marketing management functionalities within a suite. The... Read more

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WRS Health

Voted #1 by PCMag in 2019, WRS Health is a cloud-based integrated electronic health records (EHR) solution that offers practice management, revenue cycle management and billing services. The solution includes modules for charting,... Read more

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Sevocity

Sevocity is a cloud-based medical solution best suited to practices seeking a very customizable EHR. The system includes unlimited customization services, unlimited personalized training, and US-based live telephone support 24 hours... Read more

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Intelligent Medical Software by Meditab

IMS (Intelligent Medical Software) by Meditab Software is an Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Practice Management solution that includes applications for e-prescribing, practice reporting, a patient portal, and communication tools... Read more

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EpicCare

Epic Systems’ EpicCare is an electronic medical recording (EMR) solution for large hospitals and healthcare systems, certified for Meaningful Use Stages 1 and 2. EpicCare is developed, implemented and supported by an in-house team.... Read more

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Allscripts

Allscripts Practice Management is a comprehensive practice management and revenue cycle management solution for physician practices and large hospital organizations. Key features include appointment and patient flow, collections, claims,... Read more

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Cerner PowerChart Ambulatory EHR

Cerner's PowerChart Ambulatory EHR is a hybrid EHR solution that caters to clinicians in hospitals and ambulatory facilities. PowerChart is designed to help with multi-entity electronic medical record creation. This solution can be... Read more

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patientNOW

patientNOW is a hybrid integrated Practice Management (PM) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) solution for aesthetic medical practices like plastic surgery, medical spas and cosmetic dermatology. The solution can be deployed either... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: June 3, 2020

What is Plastic Surgery Software?

Plastic surgery software is a set of tools that streamlines clinical and administrative workflows. It is used to simplify document management, improve appointment scheduling, and enhance patient interactions.

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.