NextGen Healthcare EHR and PM: An Overview
Nearly 9 in 10 office-based physicians use an electronic health records (EHR) system, but nearly a third report plans to switch to a different EHR vendor by 2021. If your practice has not yet migrated to an EHR or is exploring options for another system, consider the offerings from NextGen Healthcare. NextGen offers a variety of software solutions for healthcare professionals, but it’s known primarily for its electronic health records and enterprise practice management suites. Below find an overview of the software and support features.
NextGen Electronic Health Record
An EHR system goes beyond simply digitizing patients’ medical charts. An EHR can provide comprehensive health information about your patients not just at your practice, but from all clinicians involved in patients’ care, including laboratories, specialists, pharmacies, and emergency facilities.
NextGen’s EHR solution incorporates several functions, including the following.
- Data sharing across systems with NextGen Share
- Mobile solutions
- Clinical tasking
- Health maintenance reminders
- Lab, radiology, and immunization interfaces
- Customizable preferences settings
- Referral management
- Chronic disease management
- Workflow screens
- Clinical quality measure reporting with NextGen HQM
- Population health
- Customization options with NextGen Template Editor and SQL
- Robust reporting solutions
- An API to integrate with
NextGen Practice Management
Practice management systems automate and streamline a practice’s administrative and billing functions. A practice management system typically enables staff to capture patient demographics, manage charge capture, perform billing, generate reports, check insurance eligibility, and schedule appointments.
- Appointment management
- Billing and statements management
- Background Business Processor (BBP) automates common procedures, such as claims generation, running reports, and printing statements
- Worklog and task assignment
- Claims management
- Office and ASC billing
- Robust reporting solutions
Advantages of Using NextGen Healthcare
NextGen Healthcare EHR takes very little build to actually go live. This sets it apart from many enterprise-level EHRs. Additionally, NextGen allows users to develop both the front-end and back-end of the system so users can actually customize the system the way they need it to. This customization is incredibly helpful for organizations that need to meet specific quality initiatives, those who work with grants (such as FQHC, CHC, and Family Planning clinics) and small sub-specialties.
The PM is a KLAS leader, because the system is so customizable, enabling you to better meet the needs of clinics, payers, and integrations. The access to the back-end also allows for custom development, reporting, and interface support.
Reporting and Analytics
NextGen’s InSight Reporting allows users to set your practice’s benchmarks, monitor your progress, and gain access to comparative analytics on peers and payers in real time. If the standard reports don’t meet your needs, you can develop custom reports from your EHR data or hire a third-party expert to do so.
Interoperability and Integration
NextGen enables almost immediate access to charts and lab results. The EHR also interfaces with multiple other healthcare platforms and information systems, aiding in achievement of interoperability and health information exchanges.
The EHR and PM work together in an integrated solution, connecting each visit to a claim.
At its most basic, a workflow is the series of tasks used to accomplish something. In the EHR, workflow templates guide users through the processes integral to completing tasks that improve the efficiency of the flow of patients through your practice or the flow of patient information, including clinical, demographic, and billing data. Common processes include:
- Pre-visit tasks, such as appointment scheduling, collection of demographic information, and verification of insurance eligibility
- Patient intake and registration
- Clinical tasks, including documentation of the visit and care plan
- Ordering of labs and tests, and medication management
- Charge capture and billing
- Patient check-out
All practices operate differently and have varying business needs. To customize NextGen EHR to better meet your needs, TempDev can assisting with customizing the clinical templates.
To learn more about NextGen’s capabilities and how you can optimize your use of your EHR and PM, contact TempDev’s team of experts to start a conversation.