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10 Medical Practice Management Systems For 2014

For a medical practice, EHR may be important -- but practice management is essential.
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Epic

Epic has become the default system of choice for hospitals, particularly larger hospitals. As a system designed for large enterprises, it is not even an option for small medical practices. Instead, its practice management features cater to the ambulatory care units of hospitals. Some hospitals also encourage their affiliated physicians to use Epic as their electronic health record and practice management system, hosting the software on their behalf to minimize the IT burden. That simplifies the coordination of care (and billing) compared with using healthcare information exchange middleware to exchange clinical and business data.
While customers may choose Epic as much for its reputation and the breadth of its suite as for any single piece of software, the KLAS rating shows they are also happy with the practice management functionality, which actually reflects the performance of multiple products: Resolute, Prelude, and Cadence Ambulatory.
(Image: Ylem via Wikimedia Commons)

Epic

Epic has become the default system of choice for hospitals, particularly larger hospitals. As a system designed for large enterprises, it is not even an option for small medical practices. Instead, its practice management features cater to the ambulatory care units of hospitals. Some hospitals also encourage their affiliated physicians to use Epic as their electronic health record and practice management system, hosting the software on their behalf to minimize the IT burden. That simplifies the coordination of care (and billing) compared with using healthcare information exchange middleware to exchange clinical and business data.

While customers may choose Epic as much for its reputation and the breadth of its suite as for any single piece of software, the KLAS rating shows they are also happy with the practice management functionality, which actually reflects the performance of multiple products: Resolute, Prelude, and Cadence Ambulatory.

(Image: Ylem via Wikimedia Commons)

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AFRICA  CONORL342
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AFRICA CONORL342,
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9/16/2015 | 3:07:08 AM
Re: US PMS
There are a few other EMR's originating from other countries but do not necessarilly meet the guidelines set forth by those nations. I have worked with conorHMP.. www.conorinc.com/conorHMP and they do the basic work of an EMR for developing nations. I think if you speak to stakeholders around the world they more than likely have a local solution that they use.
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8/6/2014 | 8:25:14 AM
US PMS
A fantastic analysis of the current PMS/EHR sector. I must admit that i am disappointed that the companies involved in the ranking all originated from the US - correct me if i'm wrong. I've worked with management systems in the US, Canada and UK and I know of a few, particularly one, that was fantastic to work with.
It is important to outline that the future is a combanation of PMS/EHR, and the organisation must provide training from the outright!
promdmiami
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6/4/2014 | 4:51:15 PM
Medical Practice Management
We have experienced a rapid consolidation of PM/EMR companies in recent years and the reduction in options is actually a good thing for Doctors.  Integrated platforms that are more user friendly, comprehensive in their features and functionality are what remains in a very competitive arena.  But beware, it's ultimately mostly true that you get what you pay for.  Doctors usually are more familiar with their EMR needs and functionality that on the Practice Management side. Keep in mind that while you may be providing high quality care, you may not be able to collect what you're due if your Practice Management system or Staff doesn't have the ability to track the right metrics.  Considering outsourcing your Billing & Collections may be your best bet in ensuring you're getting paid, regardless of the system you use.

Jose Carreras, COO, ProMd

http://www.promd.us/about-us

 
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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5/28/2014 | 11:10:57 AM
Best and worst health insurance payers
Athenahealth just released its 2014 Payer View report, abstracted from the experience of its clients whose medical billings it manages.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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5/28/2014 | 9:30:43 AM
Which comes first: EHR or practice management
How do you prioritize when evaluating an EHR or practice management system, or a bundle that includes both?
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5/28/2014 | 9:13:10 AM
Analytics in the Office?
As you write, David, integrating practice management with EHRs is a smart way for practices to get the most out of their software investments. While we see a lot more healthcare organizations dipping their toes into analytics of EHR data, are there ways they can use analytics within practice management to cut costs or improve efficiency? 
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