Despite podiatrists only representing about 1.5 percent of Medicare providers, the widespread use of podiatry EMR software has made it possible for so many podiatry specialists to attest to meaningful use. But what do podiatry EMR systems offer that other EMRs don’t?
Podiatry-specific templates and forms. Instead of working with generalized templates made to be used by doctors in a variety of specialties, podiatrists using specialty-specific EMR software can benefit from documents and screens geared to their specialty. This includes patient instructions, and exam templates for medical issues such as routine foot exam, ankle fractures, diabetic foot ulcer, ingrown toenail and more.
Despite an initial surge in electronic medical records adoption due to federal incentive programs, many qualifying healthcare professionals continue to put off conversion efforts due to the overwhelming number of EMR options on the market and the financial implications involved in adopting state of the art IT systems.
With meaningful use reporting periods coming to a close for 2012, the urgency to adopt EMR technology is growing. Still, healthcare facilities and independent providers don’t need to feel overwhelmed. Achieving meaningful use can be a breeze with the right EMR tools and the help of knowledgeable vendors.