I love using technology in my business. I enjoy documenting my visits and giving my clients an easy way to see what we discussed. A couple of years back I used a lactation-specific Electronic Health Record(EHR) software and didn't like it. First off it worked off an iPad, and well, I am really a laptop/PC type of gal. Second, my clients had problems with the actual input of data. Third, I couldn't modify the pieces I wanted to modify. My geek side couldn't handle that.
So I went the free route and tried Practice Fusion. After a couple of tries with that, I was sorely disappointed in their Growth Charts. I love growth charts and it didn't incorporate the WHO growth charts. That was not acceptable. Some more research, a lot of free trials, and I finally landed on my current choice CharmEHR.
My top reasons I use it are:
Growth Charts use the WHO growth charts.
Mom and baby records can be tied together and seen in one portal.
I can have separate records for a baby, or two or three of the same family.
Client portal is easy to use.
It is free for the first 50 encounters per month.
It generates Superbills that can be sent either by email or the portal, and it is does the HIPAA compliant stuff for me.
I can message with my client securely.
It allows me to easily upload and attach handouts for each client.
The template function has made documentation so much easier.
I can create my own questionnaires, which can be selected to be sent when the appointment is made for a new client..
Next post will be about filling the holes of CharmEHR around communicating with other providers.