Studying and analyzing spreadsheets with loads of numbers and figures can get really hectic at times. While going through such a data-loaded spreadsheet, one wonders if there is a simpler and more convenient way to make sense of all of this data and actually use it to improve one’s practice.

This article will help you figure out how you can refine your methods to get the maximum out of these numbers and convert them into helpful insights.

It will also help you implement the analytics captured from your Electronic Health Records (EHR) Software in your practice to take a more informed decision and make the most out of the Practice Management (PM) software in use.

The Value EMR Analytics hold in your Practice

The kind of information that a typical Electronic Medical Records (EMR) software harvests, can help you jump into the data-pool and use the numbers in a productive way. It can function as a search engine to give results efficiently and then assist with patient adherence and follow-ups. Marketing efforts can also be made more effective using this data. Some test uses for this analytics data in certain departments of the organization are given below.

Some clinical use cases for analytics’ information

  • To decide the location for opening up a satellite office
  • To evaluate if skin cancer patients are getting proper skin exams
  • To monitor patient portals

Some operational use cases for analytics’ information

  • To view wait times to work out changes for improving efficiency
  • To monitor the productivity of staff members to decide compensation plans
  • To monitor which medical staff is assisting a particular procedure

Some financial use cases for analytics’ information

  • To view which providers are overriding charges
  • To stay clear of audit objections by comparing your own data with industry benchmark

Focusing on Specialty-based EHR Analytics

The questions answered by one specialty-specific analysis might not be relevant for another medical specialty. Let’s discuss the specialty-specific cases, a typical Practice Analytics EMR Software can help you with.

Dermatology EMR Software

  • Making a list of patients for Botox, to send promotions and discounts
  • Evaluating the profitability of a particular procedure
  • Finding out the cause of an increase in surgical infection rate for biopsies and excisions

Ophthalmology EMR Software

  • To check if patients with glaucoma return for visual fields
  • To view the list of patients who received Lasik Evaluations
  • To compare the utilization of one PCIOL lens with another

Orthopedic EMR Software

  • To decide if in-house therapy should be offered depending on the number of patients referred to physical therapy
  • To check the number of level 4 new patient visits annually
  • To see the number of patients receiving viscosupplementation or PRP injections