Medical Practice Management
Apr 25

Are you using your EMR’s tracking systems?

Most EMR systems include a tracking system to help you make sure your patients have completed your recommended tests or consultant referrals. These systems can minimize a physician's exposure to allegations of a failure to diagnose and can lead to better patient care. Most EMR tracking systems can do the following:

– Verify that the patient keeps the appointment or completes the test;

– Confirm receipt of a clinical report;

– Prompt a call to the consulting physician, imaging center, or lab if a report is not received;

– Make sure the physician reviews the report;

– Communicate results to the patient;

– Arrange for follow up if needed; and

– Document all of these steps with dates and electronic signatures.

In other words, implementing and using your EMR's tracking systems is good risk management.

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