Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Practice Management Software for Speech-Language Pathologists
Electronic medical records (EMRs) and practice management software allow for tasks such as clinical documentation, scheduling, registration/insurance authorization, and billing functions. While Medicare and Medicaid EMR incentive programs are aimed primarily at physicians and health care facilities, other health care providers, such as speech-language pathologists and audiologists, will benefit from using these systems. If using a product that is certified by the ONC/HIT (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology)—not all products listed are—is important, please check the website. This list of commercially available practice management software programs is provided to ASHA members, but does not constitute an endorsement of products. A product's target use/audience varies. Clinicians should evaluate products based on criteria such as overall time required to input data, stability and reliability of the software, degree of manipulation to enter information, accessibility and adaptability of data, accessibility of hardware, and expense. Data collection is important and EMRs play a key role in this process. The last page presents a project about how SLPs used EMR for data collection.
AS/PC Complete is a software solution that handles all aspects of a practice and includes a certified Electronic Health Records (EHR), practice management software, scheduling—including text and e-mail reminders, automatic payment entry, and more. This product uses the latest Microsoft SQL databases for speed and security.
Athenahealth offers web-based electronic health record (EHR), electronic medical billing, and medical practice management software for small- and medium-size physician's offices, hospitals, and health systems.
Benchmark Systems' fully-integrated suite of solutions includes EHR, Practice Management, Patient Portal, Scheduling and Revenue Cycle Management.
Cedaron (SLP CONNECT)
Cedaron software provides customizable reports generated in Microsoft Word or Excel, compliance with HIPAA, mobility with tablets, and comprehensive analysis tools.
Cerner Ambulatory Practice Management solutions streamlines office workflow. Specialty Practice Management (PM) is for small to mid-sized practices with 10 or fewer providers. PowerWorks Practice Management (PWPM) is for billing services or large practices with more than 10 providers.
Chart Links develops rehabilitation software that automates workflow for referrals, insurance authorizations, cross-discipline scheduling, documentation, charges, and more. For OT/PT/ST and audiology.
ClinicNote is a web-based, full-service HIPAA-compliant EMR made specifically for SLPs. ClinicNote helps you with daily session SOAP notes, custom evaluations, patient and facility document storage, automatic progress note generation, scheduling therapy, and billing to insurance.
ClinicSource is a fully-integrated online EMR and practice management system for therapy practices of any size. With customizable features and templates designed by therapists, ClinicSource helps you maximize practice efficiency. This web-based software integrates all therapy scheduling, documentation and billing in one system. HIPAA compliant and ONC-ACB 2014 certified.
CompuGroup Medical (CGM)
CompuGroup Medical USA (CGM) offers a variety of solutions that help providers increase practice efficiencies, improve care coordination, enhance patient outcomes, reduce costs, and increase reimbursement.
EDocs4Therapy was created by a practicing speech-language pathologist to provide a comprehensive EMR for other speech-language pathologists and specialized therapy professionals.
Epic makes software for mid-size and large medical groups, hospitals, and integrated health care organizations—working with customers that include community hospitals, academic facilities, childrens' organizations, safety-net providers, and multi-hospital systems. Integrated software spans clinical, access, and revenue functions.
This online practice management system was developed specifically for physical, occupational, and speech therapists.
FreePT's OT, SLP, and PT billing system is complete and comprehensive. The SOAP Note EHR provides quick and easy charting of your therapy encounters. Both systems are permanently cost-free to the single user, and, if desired, the two systems can be easily combined to form a fully integrated therapy documentation and billing solution at an additional cost.
Health Care Software, Inc.
HCS delivers rehabilitation software solutions to assist you in improving your quality of care, productivity, and bottom line. The web-based rehabilitation software enables convenient, real-time access from any Internet connection or mobile device.
Helper Software from Netsmart
Helper is behavioral health software for psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other therapy-related fields.
iSALUS Healthcare is a web-based integrated suite that handles recordkeeping, practice management, and billing. It offers features that can be customized to handle the specific needs of speech therapists.
Kareo helps you run your small medical practice with cloud-based management and billing that streamline the way your office works.
Costs: Kareo EHR; FREE Per Provider
Medilinks provides medical practice software for rehabilitation providers.
Medisoft, McKesson's practice management software, is a customizable system for practices of different sizes. It covers reporting, scheduling, and billing features, as well as offers optional add-ons.
My Clients Plus
My Clients Plus offers practice management for health care professionals, including OT/PT/ST with over 130 electronic medical record (EMR) templates that were designed by customers.
Office Ally offers a complete suite of interactive asp Internet-based solutions related to patient care from the point of contact in the physician's office to receiving payment from insurance companies and providing overall care management from the IPAs and Health Plans.
OpenEMR is a free and open source electronic health records and medical practice management application that can run on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and many other platforms. OpenEMR is ONC-certified, open-source software, whose source code is published and made available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify, and redistribute the source code without paying royalties or fees. Open source code evolves through community cooperation and collaboration.
Optima Healthcare Solutions (Rehab Optima)
Rehab Optima helps streamline the management and delivery of patient care and provides therapy software for PT/OT/SLP.
Practice Fusion offers EHR that is web-based and free of charge.
See also: An SLP blogs about Practice Fusion and Why is Practice Fusion free?
PracticePerfect management and EMR software is designed to streamline clinic processes for physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, and psychologists.
QuickEMR is a therapy practice management software system for physical, occupational, and speech and language therapy centers. It offers a customizable documentation and scheduling software system to fit the needs of physical, occupational, or speech therapy practice.
Quick Notes is limited to dermatology, chiropractic, podiatry, and physical therapy.
Raintree Systems, Inc. is a provider of integrated patient registration, scheduling, electronic medical records, e-prescribing, billing/collections, and management reporting for physical rehabilitation, surgery, behavioral health, long-term pediatric rehabilitation, oncology, and billing service industries.
ReDoc software provides therapy solutions developed to fit the clinical and business needs of PT, OT, and SLP in both hospital and private practice environments.
SimpleIsUs offers documentation and billing management developed specifically for the early intervention provider. It supports the creation of daily session notes, monthly progress reports, and billing while at the service location or in the natural environment. It is capable of printing to CMS-1500 forms or submitting electronic billing.
Developed by a speech-language pathologist, Therabill provides features for electronic insurance billing, therapy scheduling, and therapy documentation.
TherAssist practice management and documentation software is designed for the physical therapy and rehabilitation industry.
TreatWrite is a web-based progress-tracking documentation system for speech, occupational, and physical therapists. It provides outcomes-focused documentation designed to support reimbursement success and regulatory compliance. TreatWrite has the flexibility to be used with all patient populations in any clinical setting and for university student training.
VersaSuite's speech therapy EHR is a software solution with customizable templates for the specific needs of practices—problem/goal tracking, FIM/FAM scoring, PT/OT/Speech therapy, custom output documents. VersaSuite's flexible templates support a variety of data and symptoms necessary for diagnosis and treatment. Synopses allow the tracking of problems over time. Installation is cloud based.
VistA—Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture—is VA's health information technology (IT) system. It provides an integrated inpatient and outpatient electronic health record for VA patients and administrative tools to help VA deliver the best quality medical care to veterans.
WebPT helps PTs, OTs, and SLPs create documentation that is correct, complete, and compliant.
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Note: Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by ASHA.