We have an aging population here in the US, estimated to double in the next 30 years (AAFP 2019*) and with that increase comes the need for additional focus on geriatric medicine.
Comprehensive health maintenance screening of our aging population is becoming an important task for primary care physicians treating this demographic. As a primary care practice dealing with geriatric patients, the physical symptoms of aging such as, balance issues, hearing and vision loss, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, dementia, etc. are quite common. Alongside the primary care resources you provide, geriatric medicine provides advanced medical knowledge regarding specific drug therapy for our senior patients, and also provides a strong health maintenance program that can lessen the impact of aging.
We understand it is quite common for older adults to see more than one physician depending on their healthcare needs, so having a solution that can help you communicate digitally with other care specialists is critical. You may provide referrals and key insights into the patient’s current health situation via historical data from previous visits, which can prove critical to specialists like a neurologist, urologist, and psychiatrist.
With all of the important areas your busy growing healthcare practice needs to address like: adequate staffing, government and industry compliance, timely submission for insurance payments, and quality time with patients, they do compete for your attention and require more time than you have in a day. Ancillary patient notes, treatment plans, prescriptions, and referrals for an aging patient load can cause clinician burnout when your over-burdened staff does not have the time for additional documentation requirements.
We all need to find ways to use today’s technology and for a busy practice, finding ways to adapt it to fit your specific clinical workflow will help you manage and mitigate a breakdown in productivity. We cannot make more time, but we CAN find ways to better utilize the time we have with a variety of tools.
Many primary care physicians use an EHR to manage patient records and provide documentation to meet government standards and insurance submission requirements. An EHR provides many templates to make the patient documentation process a bit easier, particularly when using a symptom tracker, and intake form. The right solution implemented into the right place in your clinical workflow can save you up to 2 hours a day, in required documentation with a more accurate and rich narrative for a complete record, ready for insurance submission, or referrals to a specialist.
Using a speech recognition solution that was created specifically for the medical professional, your clinicians can streamline and automate many of their tasks and workflows, (intake forms, symptom tracking, etc) becoming more efficient and productive. We recommend a speech recognition solution that is powered by today’s most advanced and intuitive artificial intelligence software, used by thousands of medical practices. Reach out to one of our Solution Specialists today and learn how our recommendations can benefit your geriatric healthcare practice and provide a better outcome for your patient.
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*AAFP (American Association of Family Physician) Wallace, Eli P (Nov 1, 2019)