Geographic Accessibility of Pulmonologists for Adults with COPD (2013) by Janet B. Croft and James B. Holt stated: “County-level ratios across the United States varied greatly, as residents in many counties in the Midwest don’t have any pulmonologist within 50 miles”. Recent report Pulmonologist Compensation Report 2018 by MedSpace follows through the trend as it indicates only 24% of Pulmonology Practitioners are self-employed.

The stats indicate that the major reason for the physician’s burnout in pulmonology practices is because of the excess amount of hours spend on paperwork. The immense workload of pulmonology practices is making it difficult to maintain the practices’ workflow. To remain in business as a small practice the clinical workflow within a pulmonology practice needs to be streamlined. The scheduling, billing, and other administrative and financial tasks need a robust Practice Management (PM) system, preferably integrated with the Electronic Health Records (EHR) software.

Pulmonology EHR Software offer faster access to patient healthcare records and history offering a more thorough picture of patient care. They improve efficiency and patient care by removing errors and redundant tasks through robust modules (e.g. e-prescribing, RCM, Patient Portal, and, clinical decision support, etc.). There is always an added bonus of incentive programs if practices opt for a Certified EMR and Practice Management Software under the Public Health Services Act.

Features of Pulmonology EMR & PM Software

Before choosing a Pulmonology EHR and Practice Management Software, please do make sure that it offers the following key features:

Pulmonology Specific TemplatesPulmonology specific EMR Software should host templates and SOAP notes that are related to your practice and that save time, increases accuracy, and helps determine a treatment plan.

Action PlansPulmonology Electronic Medical Records software (EMR) should be able to suggest an action plan that meets higher Meaningful Use compliance saving pulmonologists time and enhance the quality of care.

Device & Imaging IntegrationPulmonology electronic medical records software (EMR) should be able to integrate with CT and X-ray machines, PET equipment, spirometers, bronchoscopes, and other devices to enable ease of monitoring, as well as storage and management of patient documents.

Workflow Management Pulmonology EMR software should be able to manage, document and maintain all the pulmonology related workflows.

Pulmonology Dashboard Pulmonology EHR software must feature a real-time dashboard that will help physicians to clearly view patient charts, profiles, billing processes, scheduling, etc.

Interface with Labs An interface with labs to make sure that pulmonologists are aware of patients’ history. Lab interface to quickly order sets of test patients to need to conduct, with results being uploaded immediately to the EMR software.

ICD/CPT Codes Pulmonology specific ICD-10 and CPT for accurate claims and faster billing.

Tracking & Alerts Pulmonology Electronic Medical Records software (EMR) should have a robust alert system capable of providing the appropriate emergency notifications and tracks and examine the pertinent trends over time.

Top 5 Pulmonology EMR & PM Software by EMRFinder

There are so many Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Software available in the market that it gets really hard for you to choose the right one for your pulmonology practice. Here are our budgeted top picks for your practice.

Affordable Pulmonology EMR software designed exclusively for a pulmonology practices’ workflow is really beneficial. Since all small practices run on a budget you really need to look at your workflow to determine the administrative aspects of the EHR and also consult your provider to ensure that the software you are choosing only provides those features and not more than what you need.