For a specialist that deals with mental disorders on a daily basis using methods such as psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, prescribing drugs and other treatment techniques; the structured documentation of your clinical encounters is much more important than most other specialties.
Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems not only make this process more secure, but also do so in a very organized and accessibility-enhancing manner.
There must be numerous different customizable psychiatry templates for anxiety and depression, paranoia, substance abuse, etc. Relevant templates will aide providers in effectively documenting different processes. Additionally, there must also be point-and-click SOAP note templates for the specialty which will help you (or the person tasked with entering the information onto the system) during (or after) the visit.
You must also inquire if your system has interface with a Practice Management System and if it is compatible with a Patient Portal. The vendor must have a functioning patient portal used by patients or their guardians. Psychiatrists must upload educational information in addition to accepting or rejecting prescription refills on these portals.
Additionally, a Cloud-based system would also boost functionality as it would allow providers to access this information from other non-clinic locations via laptops, Smartphones and tablets.
In addition to E&M coding assistance, the highest coding level that should be billed should also be automatically determined by the system to maximum reimbursements.
The provision for scheduling, including recurrent appointments, is very important in this specialty to determine when you’re free; and not waste any time when you could be earning more money. Moreover, there must also be e-Prescribing with different pharmacies to enhance patient convenience.
Furthermore, a report building feature must also be present in this system so that you can group all patients with certain diagnosis or medication requirements, making life a lot simpler in the process.
There are numerous other features that help psychiatrists gauge if their Psychiatry EHR is up to the mark; the key, here is to always stay educated and willing to improve your shortcomings so that you always stay ahead of your competition.