The transition from ninth version of the Internal Classification of Diseases (ICD) to the current ICD-10 version is going to require healthcare providers to make changes to the way that patient visits, procedures and medical treatments are coded. This is largely due to the fact that ICD-10 codes are more specific and the number of available codes will be much greater. ICD-10 is also going to affect other practice processes, and healthcare professionals will likely need to make financial investments in order to prepare for the ICD-10 changes.
Monthly Archives: November 2012
Electronic medical record software can help physicians chart more efficiently and improve quality of care. However, it can be easy for doctors to let the introduction of new technology affect how they interact with patients. This, in turn, can affect care delivery and patient satisfaction. In order to prevent EMR software from getting in the way of the doctor-patient relationship, healthcare providers should take the following factors into account.
Do a quick chart review before stepping into the room with the patient. This will allow you to mention a few facts about the patient’s medical history without having to reference the computer. It will also:
Although all physicians should focus on preventive care, doctors of internal medicine receive special training in disease prevention, and it is one of the main aspects of their profession. Without active patient participation, however, it is difficult for physicians to successfully treat patients and to prevent new diseases from forming. Fortunately for internists – and for at-risk patients – internal medicine EMR software is facilitating disease management and making it possible for physicians to spot early signs of disease. Here’s how: