Software Used by Doctors

by Will Gish

Software used by doctors performs an essential double duty by aiding the medical process while facilitating the smooth operation of office functions. In addition to making records, appointments, prescriptions and billing easier to trace and find, software commonly used by medical institutions eliminates one of the world’s classic conundrums: how to read the handwriting of a doctor.

Prescription Software

A number of prescription software programs exist for doctor use. The basic idea behind prescription software is simple: rather than writing out a prescription on paper in notoriously illegible physician’s script, doctors are able to simply enter medicines, dosages, quantity and refills in a digital form that can be printed for the patient or sent electronically to the pharmacy of the patient’s choice. Prescription software also allows doctors the option of saving a copy of all written prescriptions, either electronically or physically, improving accuracy in office records and making refills easier to write.

Electronic Medical Records Software

Electronic medical records software takes all the information from traditional medical charts and transfers it to a digital medium. All doctors' notes from previous visits, all information from other doctors a patient has previously seen, all written and filled prescriptions, billing issues, medical history and doctors' concerns are placed in a digital file that a doctor can access anytime through a digital system. Electronic medical records systems save hospitals money by cutting down on printing and paper costs, time and significant space by eliminating the need for storage space.

Appointment Scheduling Software

Appointment scheduling software performs the basic function its name describes, with some added bonuses.The software allows doctors and their employees to schedule appointments in an easily readable grid with functions for departments and doctors within departments, for larger hospitals. Appointment software also allows doctors to see when a patient’s last appointment was and when the next appointment will be. Appointment scheduling software provides space for the entry of additional information, such as presenting complaints and any billing issues the patient might have.

Medical Billing Software

Medical billing software is used by medical offices to create itemized bills for individual patients and to store patient billing information and history in a single system that can be easily accessed by doctors and administrators. Medical billing software also keeps track of patient insurance information, including histories of patient and insurer co-payments. These software programs also allow doctors to create charts for information, such as patient revenue ratio, that will allow doctors to optimize their potential as business people.

About the Author

Will Gish slipped into itinerancy and writing in 2005. His work can be found on various websites. He is the primary entertainment writer for "College Gentleman" magazine and contributes content to various other music and film websites. Gish has a Bachelor of Arts in art history from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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