5 Tech Trends in Internal Medicine

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5 Tech Trends in Internal Medicine
Internal medicine plays a significant role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of
adult diseases. However, the industry-specific challenges such as escalating costs, ICD-
10 codes, declining reimbursements and the administrative problems are making it
increasingly difficult for these practices to survive.
As internists look for solutions to overcome these problems, adopting new strategies
like implementing emerging technologies or replacing legacy systems help boost their
efficiency and profitability.
From a vast array of technologies, here are some technology trends which can improve
the efficiency and profitability of internal medicine practices.
1. Shifting to Cloud Computing
Many medical practices are looking for economical healthcare IT solutions such as
electronic health records (EHRs), practice management systems and others. Many
healthcare providers are now adopting cloud-based services due to their relative
affordability and accessibility. Cloud-based software don't involve costs associated with
client-server systems. They provide automatic updates that are usually free and
integrate seamlessly with other related systems. Cloud-based solutions can easily be
accessed from anywhere. These software can potentially increase the productivity and
accessibility while decreasing operating costs.
2. Switching to Integrated EHR & Practice Management Systems
Internists spend over 15 hours weekly on administrative tasks and paperwork. As a
result, it's even more important for them to maximize efficiency. As a stand-alone
system both, the practice management and EHR systems deliver efficiency. However,
when these systems are integrated their benefits multiply. Users will no longer need to
enter the same data in two separate systems. Integrated systems link smoothly so the
information entered in one reflects in the other. This results in more efficiency and
accuracy. Adopting an integrated system doesn't require developing an interface
between different systems, thereby making it a more cost-effective choice.
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3. Increasing Use of Patient Portals
Patient portals are effective for internists due to the scope and duration of the
treatment they extend to their patients. Portals provide patients with easy access to
their health records and lab results. Patients can also schedule appointments and
request prescription refills online. This reduces the number of inquiry calls from
patients. Patient portals also drive stronger patient engagement and strengthen the
physician-patient relationship.
4. Adopting Mobile Solutions
Physicians are now using tablets for sending emails, checking their schedules and
educating patients. Mobile solutions improve workflow, increase productivity and
collaboration. Mobile technologies play an important role in patient care and
accessibility.
5. Leveraging Analytical tools to Track Performance
Business analytics is one of the core competencies in a healthcare environment.
Analytical tools help internists take informed decisions to boost their efficiency and
profitability. They address financial and operational components such as contract
negotiations, facility management, resource utilization, and cost analysis. Business
analytics offer insights into the physician's quality, performance improvement, and
patient outcomes.
MedicalBillersandCoders.com has been helping small to medium size internal medicine
practitioners in billing and coding, so that they can solely focus on providing healthcare.
MBC is a distinguished platform for outsourcing your internal medicine billing and
coding management cycle. Their professionals are proficient in using billing software
such as Next Gen, Medisoft, Eclipse, Lytec, Inception, and Misys, and encoding
diagnosis and treatment procedures documents into the latest compliant codes (ICD-9-
CM, CPT & HCPCS codes). Outsourcing your internal medicine billing services to MBC's
tech-savvy billers and coders can ensure error-free coding, faster and denial free
submission of claims.
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