There are many features that you should consider when buying medical software. To help you stay organized as you shop for the best medical software, you can download this spreadsheet which will allow you to compare features between software solutions. We’ve already filled in the details on TotalMD to help you save time. Below are list of things you’ll want to consider as you compare software.
It is important that you shop medical software to determine which one will give you the most “bang for your buck,” so to speak. You will want to determine what your initial costs will be, including setup fees and your initial payment. You will then want to make sure of what your recurring costs will be. Some software companies charge per provider, while others charge per user, while still others do some combination of the above or even a flat rate. Consider what will serve you best today, but also think about what your bill may look like as your business grows. You don’t want to have to change software in a few years because the pricing model no longer works for your growing business.
Determining if, and how much, training is included in your initial purchase is important. You will need to find out the price of additional training in case you would need to have that available to you. The number of users that you can have on the system is also important. You need to make sure that everyone on your staff who needs to will have HIPAA compliant access.
Two final things under general features is determining that the program is 5010 ready. You will find that the majority of programs today are. The final inquiry you will want to make in the area of cost is what platform the program you are considering is compatible with – can you only use PCs or can you use a server environment or a Mac computer as well.
Billing and Collections Features
There are several areas in the Billing and Collections area that you will want to question when searching for software:
In the Reporting Module, you will want to make sure that the program you choose has such features as:
Practice Management Features
If you are also purchasing a Practice Management system to use in a provider’s office these features are important too:
Good luck in your venture of finding a medical software program that works for you and your business.