Like almost every business, hospitals rely on software to keep them running. From medical information to the financial side, there are very few departments that have little need for a specialized program to function. Here are a few that you will see being used daily.
When billing, administrators use charge capture software to accurately send the information to the insurance companies for payment. If it is used in conjunction with the medical records program, services can be cross checked to ensure that each procedure listed is correct. It can also print invoices and statements when they are requested or need to be mailed or sent electronically.
Having a patient’s information available electronically makes it easier for doctors and other specialists to collaborate about their plan of action and what tests and procedures need to be done to get there. Most medical facilities now have these records available on their computer systems and can access every exam given since the person being treated has been there. This also makes it simple for files to be sent to new providers or facilities that might be taking care of a client while they are away from home. It can be programmed to link to the scheduling software to remind the client when they need to have blood drawn or other check-ups completed.
Current software available to medical facilities allows doctors and other professionals to send the prescriptions they order directly to the pharmacies while the patient is still in the room. This reduces the likelihood of errors that come with hand written notes from the practice. They also will remain intact and have less of a chance of getting lost than a handwritten script will. It also allows for the pharmacy and physician to converse if the pharmacist feels the medication might have an adverse effect on the patient.