Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice has helped many of companies choose the right geriatric software to provide the best care to patients in rehab, long-term care or hospice settings.

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athenahealth

athenahealth, recently named 2020 Best in KLAS: Small Practice Ambulatory EMR/PM, athenaClinicals, for 10 or fewer physicians, and Ambulatory RCM Services, athenaCollector, is providing cloud-based services for electronic health records... 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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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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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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MDConnection

MDConnection is a web-based solution for medical practice management. The system serves the needs of small practices consisting of just one physician or a small group of physicians. The core functions include scheduling, medical billing,... Read more

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eClinicalWorks

eClinicalWorks is an integrated electronic health record (EHR) and practice management solution providing technology through every step of the patient care delivery process. Physician practices can access features include patient engagement,... Read more

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RXNT

RXNT is an integrated, cloud-based healthcare software provider, offering a Practice Management (PM) solution with Medical Billing and Scheduling tools for practices of all specialties and sizes. RXNT’s PM system enhances practice-related... Read more

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Nexus EHR

Nexus EHR is an ONC 2015 Edition certified cloud-based ambulatory EHR. It is designed for small to midsize practices and a variety of specialties including orthopedics, neurology, podiatry, cardiology, general surgery, pain management,... Read more

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Lightning MD

Lightning MD is a secure, cloud-based medical billing software. The software is easy to learn and requires minimal training.  In most cases, the user can set up a practice and be using the software within one hour.  Lightning MD... Read more

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CGM DAQbilling

DAQbilling by CompuGroup Medical (CGM) is a medical billing and patient scheduling system designed to streamline medical billing. The solution covers eligibility inquiries, claim submission, and payment posting. The system has an intuitive... Read more

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MedicsPremier by Advanced Data Systems

MedicsPremier supports comprehensive financial/operational/workflow management and a nearly 100% success rate on first attempt HCFA/UB clearinghouse claims with a utility for workers compensation/no-fault claims/documentation. EDI... 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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Medics EHR

Virtually click-free and hands-off, the certified MedicsCloud EHR dramatically reduces encounter and clinical documentation time through its built-in (no extra cost) Medics FlowText utility. Operating in three ways, FlowText not only... Read more

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Quanum EHR

Collaborate with a company you trust, Quest Diagnostics. Clinical & financial solutions connect healthcare organizations, physicians, and patients to improve access to information and insights. Applications work harmoniously to promote... 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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Waystar Revenue Cycle Technology

Waystar is a cloud-based revenue cycle management platform for healthcare systems. The solution is used by organizations of all sizes to manage administrative and clinical functions. Key features include insurance verification, coverage... Read more

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Mediportal

Mediportal is a cloud-based solution that provides medical practitioners and specialists with various tools to manage patient data and streamline healthcare services. The application enables users to create individual health profiles... Read more

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NobilityRCM

Nobility is a medical service provider offering medical billing and pre-funding services to medical practices of all sizes. The solution helps users to manage their administrative operations and routines. Nobility's billing service... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: July 2, 2020

Excellent care for the elderly, whether it be in a home health, assisted living, long-term or hospice setting, can be achieved through strong communication, information gathering and streamlined medication capabilities.

Many medical solution providers offer the functionality necessary to provide this level of care—these options give you a wide variety of choices, but finding the best system to fit your specific needs can be a challenge.

This buyer's guide is designed to help with that search, and will cover features, benefits and trends you should keep in mind while considering software.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Geriatric Software?
Common Features of Geriatric Software
Benefits of Geriatric Software
Deployment Strategies
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Geriatric Software?

Geriatric software is any solution designed to assist long-term or post-acute, home health or hospice senior care professionals. These systems may be used in senior assisted-living communities, rehabilitation centers, home health or skilled nursing settings.

Solutions for geriatric care generally include a few key functional areas—electronic medical/health records, e-prescribing and a practice management suite.

A patient encounter screen in NueMD allows easy data entry

A patient encounter screen in NueMD allows easy data entry

Similar to other medical software, geriatric software helps doctors, nurses and staff members manage clinical tasks and automate billing, scheduling of patients, tracking patient records, storing documents and prescribing medication.

Common Features of Geriatric Software

The following functional areas contain several individual features to assist geriatric care professionals.

Practice management functionality within geriatric care software can include:

Medical billing Automates medical billing and verifies insurance coverage in real time.
Integration with EHR Enables a connection with an existing electronic health records system to provide enhanced record management.
Code sets Facilitates the use of universal medical codes, such as Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), Common Procedure Coding (CPT) system and International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
Patient scheduling Users can create color-coded schedules for patients with details about the time, date, location, patient history and needs and the health care provider.

Electronic medical records (EMR) systems function as the centralized location for patients' medical histories, storing important documents and images. This may also be referred to as electronic health records (EHR)—these terms are often used interchangeably.

E-prescribing features in geriatric software may include:

Medication selection Allows the prescriber to choose from multiple options, such as name brands or generic versions, when using the system to search for medications.
Prescription creation Users can create prescriptions directly from the system and send them to the pharmacy, often using order management tools to group prescriptions together and ensure pharmacies receive them.
Refill requests Users can send refill requests to health care providers, who can approve them through the system.

Benefits of Geriatric Software

Successful implementation and training around a geriatric care solution can result in the following benefits:

Easier, quicker access to patient records and documents. With a repository of important documents in the EMR system, nurses and doctors can focus on long-term care of geriatric patients in their rehab centers, hospices or nursing homes instead of searching for paper documents.

Integration makes data sharing simpler. A primary benefit of any integrated software solution is the ease of moving data among users, avoiding time-consuming tasks of exporting or printing documents. Integration also allows the data to be utilized in various functional areas of the system—for example, billing records can easily be analyzed to generate reports.

Faster insurance reimbursement and collections. Using the EMR in geriatric software, practitioners can produce the appropriate claim documents necessary for working with insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid.

Overall streamlined operations management. Automation in any industry makes daily tasks easier and quicker, and geriatric software is no different. In addition to the efficiencies mentioned above, the process of making notes during patient visits allows doctors and nurses to use codes to document the encounter more accurately.

Deployment Strategies

Two main methods are commonly used to deploy medical, or most other, types of software: on-premise or cloud-based, also known as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Each have pros and cons that long-term care providers should evaluate before investing in a solution:

On-premise deployment refers to software that is installed on computers locally within a medical office. This traditional deployment model gives users direct access to the system without the need for an online connection.

An on-premise deployment stores documents and images on the practice's own systems and any upgrades to the software must be done there as well. While the upfront cost for on-premise software is generally higher than cloud-based, the ongoing costs tend to be lower.

Cloud-based or SaaS deployment is the more commonly implemented type of software available today. In a cloud-based implementation, the system is accessed through a browser and no software is installed on local machines.

This offers a couple key advantages:

  1. When upgrades are needed, they can be performed over the internet, often overnight, which avoids costly system downtime.
  2. Many organizations prefer securing sensitive data on the software provider's servers instead of their own, especially if the user's location is more susceptible to theft or natural disaster.

It's also important to consider that cloud-based deployments usually require a smaller upfront cost, but may include additional maintenance or upgrade costs in the future.

Market Trends to Understand

Mobile devices add significant efficiency. Smartphones and tablets are used in several industries today, and medical software vendors are making mobile support a common feature.

These devices add significant value to the geriatric health care setting by freeing doctors and nurses from their desktop computer to consult with residents and patients wherever they are using a tablet in the facility, while maintaining the same capabilities of the full system.

Baby boomers are your newest patients. According to the AARP, 2.5 million baby boomers turned 70 in 2016, and on average, these seniors can still expect about 15 more years of life. And while medical advances will keep them healthier at this age than ever, risks such as Alzheimer's become a more likely condition as they grow older.

This new influx of patients will test the efficiency of geriatric care professionals, but new health care solutions are streamlining daily tasks to enable better care. Finding the best system for your practice can make all the difference.

Elderly care providers' hiring challenge. As a new group of elders reach the age where they need more intensive health care, industry leaders are struggling to meet the demand with enough qualified nurses and home health aides.

In addition, turnover rates of health care employees were about 20 to 25 percent on average. One aspect of the job that shouldn't be frustrating is entering patient information into an EMR or retrieving documents—modern software vendors work hard to offer a user-friendly experience so each task is simplified.