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    Exscribe is a specialist EHR solution for orthopedic practices of all sizes. The EHR is suitable for small practices th...View profile

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    ReLi Med Solutions' suite gives small to midsize ambulatory care practices a fully integrated EHR, Practice Management ...View profile

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    MicroMD offers scalable EMR and practice management solutions to healthcare providers of all sizes across multiple spec...View profile

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    CareCloud

    CareCloud Charts is a Health IT solution which supports financial and clinical workflows in one platform. The system’s ...View profile

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    Modernizing Medicine

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Orthopedic EHR Buyers’ Guide

Orthopedic practices have a difficult task when selecting an EHR given the wide scope of conditions they treat, and the high volume in which they treat patients.

However, given the demanding nature of the conditions orthopedic practitioners work in, there are several specialty EHRs available for this discipline, so orthopedic practices possess a great deal more freedom than other specialties to select an EHR that meets the needs of their practice. Orthopedic practices are not bound to modifying a general EHR to their specialty - rather they can select one of the many EHRs on the market that are tailor-made to orthopedic practices.  

Given the realities of orthopedic practices, what do these practices require from an EHR and how can EHR meet these needs? This guide will help establish:

 

Which orthopedic EHR features do you need to meet your requirements?

Orthopedic practices are presented with a wide variety of clinical data to collect and record, so an EHR must equip a practice to deal with high patient volumes, manage care across different settings and manage the risk associated with prescribing narcotic painkillers.  

EHR features that will help meet these requirements include:  

Flexible workflows and data entry

What an orthopedic practice will need can vary depending on whether specialty orthopedic services are being offered or the practices patient-base is unique. The field of orthopedics involves a wide variety of practice areas from sports medicine, treating workplace injuries, physical therapy, and orthopedic surgery. As such an orthopedics EHR should, at a minimum offer, flexibility in, how workflows and data entry processes including orthopedic EMR templates.

Intuitive design

Orthopedic practices notoriously have a higher patient volume when compared to other specialty practices. As such, an orthopedic EHR must be designed with features that create efficient workflows to avoid backlogs in patients and be able to offer practice management features that can manage scheduling and other patient engagement areas. Further, orthopedic practices handling high volumes of patients must be able to maintain their quality of care, given that they spend less time with patients compared to other practices. An orthopedic EHR’s entire design should be centered around this.

Care management

When a patient presents to an orthopedic practice, they are also likely under the care of other providers and will require long-term care management. As such, orthopedic practices must be able to share records and monitor a patient’s progress over a period of time and across multiple care settings.

E-prescription of controlled substances

Orthopedic practices like any other practice that treats patients experiencing chronic or acute pain must prescribe addictive prescription painkillers as part of their treatment. Accordingly, clinics that prescribe painkillers are often the target of patients seeking painkillers to feed an addiction or to divert for sale on the streets.

Orthopedic practices must therefore be able to monitor a patient’s history to identify cases of substance abuse, prevent “doctor-shopping” for painkillers and to comply with relevant state and federal regulations regarding painkiller prescriptions. A good e-prescribing module, with functionality for safely prescribing controlled substances, is therefore essential in ensuring orthopedic practices remain compliant with industry regulations in this area.

For more ideas, check out our guide to 50 features to look for in your next EHR purchase 

The features outlined above should be viewed as a comprehensive checklist of what orthopedic software EHR should offer if it is going to be used in a manner that contributes to both clinical quality improvement and greater efficiency in delivering care.

 

How much does orthopedic EHR cost?

Just like any other EHR product, the cost of an orthopedics EHR varies based on functionality, method of deployment, and vendor implementation fees. As well as the out-of-box price, you should consider:

  • Number of modules
  • Updating hardware (if opting for an on-premise system)
  • Implementation costs (consultancy, training, customization)
  • Staff overtime during implementation
  • Reduced patient throughput during implementation
  • Maintenance agreements and vendor support packages

A Health Affairs study found that a typical multi-physician practice would spend about $162,000 to implement an EHR, with $85,500 for first-year maintenance costs. This will vary from practice to practice but is a good starting point for a budget calculation.

While initial fees will vary from vendor to vendor, here are a few examples of base-level pricing from vendors who sell into the orthopedic EHR market. For more, download our comprehensive EHR pricing guide.

  • TotalMD: $3999 per user (perpetual license)
  • eClinicalWorks: $449 per provider per month
  • AdvancedMD: $720 per provider per month
  • Kareo EHR: $300 per provider per month
  • CureMD: $295 per provider per month

 

Which orthopedics EHR vendors should you consider?

The following is a list of four of the best EHRs for orthopedic practices. While you'll need to carry out your own requirements gathering exercise and shortlist vendors accordingly, these are a solid starting point. 

Phoenix Ortho EMR

Phoenix’s Ortho EMR is sold on a standalone basis and also offers integrated PACS and practice management software.

The system allows for point and click, voice dictation, or traditional transcription and interfaces well with digital x-rays and MRIs by using an industry-first integrated imaging solution which attaches images (x-rays, MRIs, and ultrasound studies) to the patient chart. This eliminates the need for image order, storage, and review while eliminating data entry and manual order entry by technicians.

The workflow in the product is highly intuitive - it adapts to physician preferences, and does not require templates, which given the high patient volume most orthopedics practices encounter, offers a welcome time saver.

Exscribe Orthopedic EHR

Exscribe’s cloud-based orthopedic software is one of the best-reviewed EHR for orthopedics on the market today. Exscribe offers a sophisticated practice management and PACS solutions alongside the EHR, and also offers mobile device compatibility through a native iOS app.

Users benefit from e-prescribing and a patient portal, which allows the patient to access health data easily without the need for medical paperwork. One of the value points in this system rests in its ability to optimize workflows without extensive customization and development. To achieve these efficiency gains, Exscribe offers a knowledge base that enables the creation of customizable one-click treatment plans, orders for surgery and therapy, prescriptions, patient education and referral letters.

The solution offers a great deal of flexibility in workflow and data entry preferences, allowing multiple providers to work seamlessly with the system.

Modernizing Medicine's Orthopedic EHR

Modernizing Medicine's Orthopedic EMR is a cloud-based, mobile-friendly system offering a standard suite of EHR features with practice management, revenue cycle management, and telehealth functionality. The system offers a touch-based interface and allows the ability to automate forms, billing information, generate patient education and e-Prescribe.

Modernizing Medicine’s product draws heavy inspiration from the interfaces used in other mobile operating systems. The product’s Electronic Medical Assistant (EMA) is able to enhance workflows by adapting to clinician preferences and facilitates clinical collaboration within an organization.

One of the unique features in this system is its ability to provide practices with a MIPS scorecard, real-time peer benchmarking, and automated reporting, allowing providers to track their performance under the newly implemented merit-based reimbursement program through CMS.

ChartLogic for Orthopedics

ChartLogic’s cloud-based EHR solution for orthopedic practices offers a full suite of EHR features including practice management, medical billing services, e-prescribing and a patient portal.

The system also features orthopedic EMR templates and flow sheets which allow for customizable content and the ability to tailor workflows accordingly. Most important to time-pressed clinicians ChartLogic boasts that its system allows for the creation of patient notes in less than 90 seconds by eliminating extraneous clicking and pull-down boxes by featuring a complete patient note on a single screen.