How Can Mental Health EHR Save You Time?
by Leigh-Ann Renz, 6.21.17
Let's face it: software is a tool that's only as powerful as your ability to wield it. There is no magic mental health EHR that can do it all for you without you + your staff steering the ship. However, with solid functionality, reliable training and the engagement of your employees, a practice management system should make you more efficient by reducing the amount of time that it takes to complete tasks.
Success or Failure?
If properly configured, your behavioral health EMR should save time (thereby reducing costs), while increasing data security + HIPAA compliance. It should help your agency run more smoothly and reduce redundancy. The data should be interconected, meaning that it's only entered once but can then be turned into information from multiple angles. For example, entering a payment into the EHR one time should cause it to show up on your A/R sheet, client statement, client receipt, and any other related reports.
Is any system perfect? No, very few people actually love their EHR; there will always be things that could be done differently. But at the end of the day: does it make your practice run more smoothly? Does it increase the effectiveness of the clinicians to treat and serve patients? Does it increase your viability in the (increasingly mobile) marketplace? Do you feel confident that your data is secure + HIPAA compliant? Is your EMR the right fit for your agency? If the answers are yes, then the system has fulfilled its purpose.
Here's an example of how PIMSY saved one of our clients hours of work: “I want to provide a quick thank you and to let you know that the Dominion Diagnostics [lab] integration is working better than ever. I was able to download 25 UA results today with a single click, and all of them successfully populate into the appropriate client record. So valuable when you think about the time & labor that used to be required to manually label & scan each one into the system!"
If you're shopping for a behavioral health EHR, ask the vendors you're considering how their program can save time and increase your efficiency. If you're not happy with your current program, ask them to demonstrate this capability for you. There might be features available, that you're not even aware of, that could change your perception of the solution you're using now.
PIMSY Behavioral Health EHR
"The longer we have PIMSY, the more we like it. I really love the Automatic Form Filler, as it has saved us time. PIMSY has empowered us to do things I didn’t even know were possible!" - Ann O., CEO + Clinical Director
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