To manage a medical practice efficiently and in an organized manner, we need to find a good software fit. Having the right software makes all the difference in time management, appointment scheduling, keeping an accurate inventory of supplies, payroll, staffing schedules, and accounting. You should consider your office needs independently, looking for attributes like usability, compatibility, functionality, and cost. You may be able to find a package that includes office management, patient record management , and billing, or you may need to use different software products. Some key things to keep in mind are:

  • Look for software that you can use online or access remotely (from another location)
  • Choose your software based on the size of your practice, the services you provide, and the number of employees
  • Packaged software versus multiple products — choose what will really get the job done
  • Don’t just listen to a sales pitch — ask for a trial version of the product and give it a ride first
  • Always find out the “what ifs” regarding upgrades to the software and compatibility with other software products you may already use and like