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Simplified scheduling for nephrology clinics

AdvancedMD is specifically designed to help independent and smaller nephrology group practices. It comes with all the same powerful tools available to hospital-based and large-group physicians, but with the ability to customize it specifically for your kidney care practice.Scheduling is an essential part of your clinical operations. AdvancedMD makes it easier with scheduling features unique to your nephrology practice. We offer tools to schedule a single provider in one location, or multiple nephrology providers across several practice facilities.You can also connect to schedules for external services that must be coordinated with your patient care, such as dialysis schedules in hemodialysis centers, hospitals, or at home.

With AdvancedMD you can also schedule more than one appointment at a time. This is convenient for patients with ongoing care needs, such as your chronic kidney disease or ESRD patients. Your staff can quickly create a series of follow-up appointments, then edit or revise individual appointments in the series as needed.

Staff can also ask about and track details on referring physicians to help you manage your patient flow over time. See reports on referral volume and patterns, and identify which providers you should connect when you see changes in referring patterns over time.

Better care coordination among providers & facilities

Chronic kidney disease patients need ongoing, coordinated care among multiple providers. Many also get medical care in multiple places, including your clinic, dialysis centers, SNFs, hospitals, and sometimes emergency rooms.

Coordinate among multiple providers

AdvancedMD has the tools to coordinate care among all these different points in the patient’s journey. You can work closely with a primary care provider to manage ongoing care needs, or connect with other specialists for patients with comorbid conditions that require the help of someone outside of nephrology care. Pull in key information that could affect kidney care, including:

  • Medication lists from all providers and hospital visits
  • Recent ER visits
  • Hospital admissions and any post-discharge instructions or follow-up
  • Dialysis notes and details from ongoing kidney care

Manage transitions in care

Our software also makes it easy to proactively manage potential transitions in care. Many CKD and ESRD patients are eligible for a kidney transplant. Those who are actively seeking to get a transplant will eventually transition from nephrology care to transplant care, likely in an academic medical center or a large hospital system. You can prepare for these transitions by coordinating in advance with transplant teams and surgeons to ensure a smooth move and seamless sharing of patients’ medical information when the time comes.

Pull in data from labs & external facilities

A key component of kidney care is having accurate and up-to-date information about each patients’ current health. That means pulling in data from labs and imaging centers, including:

  • Current bloodwork
  • CT scans
  • MRIs
  • Scintigraphy
  • Ultrasounds

Reduce the risk of errors in data transmission that come from manually downloading and uploading these reports into your EHR. You can also eliminate wasted staff time by not having them manually enter information from external facilities into your system.

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Engagement & connection with our patient portal

Engaged patients are more likely to experience better outcomes in their kidney care. That translates to a better quality of life and better overall patient care. With AdvancedMD, you get all the tools you need to stay connected with your patients. Our industry-leading patient portal is an intuitive system that allows your team to manage patient care more efficiently, and gives your patients what they need to actively manage their own health along the way with:

Secure two-way messaging
Patients and providers can stay in touch between appointments with our secure and HIPAA compliant two-way messaging options. Messaging is one of the most effective options to reduce unnecessary appointments, minimize phone calls to your front office staff, and still provide optimal care.

Medication refill requests
When patients run out of medications they can quickly request refills online through the portal. You can design a workflow for staff to address these requests, providers to sign off, and the software to automatically send it to the patient’s pharmacy of choice as soon as it’s approved. Save multiple phone calls and faxes, and make sure patients never miss a dose.

Appointment management and reminders
Patients can get detailed information about upcoming and past appointments, including the date, time, and location. They can also check in for the appointment online in advance to minimize time in the waiting room. Your team can set up automated reminders via text, email, or phone based on patient preferences, so they never miss important care.

Patient education
Provide ongoing information and support to your patients, especially those newly diagnosed with a kidney condition, or those who have a chronic disease to manage. Create your own educational documents, or choose from health libraries with extensive resources already available.

Depression and anxiety support
Patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease are more likely than the general population to experience anxiety and depression. Help them manage these challenges during care and find effective support and resources.

Online bill pay and invoice management
Send outstanding invoices to patients via the portal, and give them tools to pay online with a credit/debit card, FSA, or HSA. The software automatically matches payments to outstanding invoices so your team doesn’t have to do it manually.

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Telemedicine & RPM tech for CKD management

Telemedicine and telehealth are two advances that can significantly improve kidney care. Nephrologists who have access to a secure, intuitive telemedicine platform can reach more patients—including those in rural communities, or with transportation and other challenges that make it hard to get into your office in person. These tools also help high-risk patients stay in touch with care teams to avoid unnecessary ER visits or unplanned hospital admissions.

RPM tools to monitor patient health

Remote patient monitoring tools make it easier to know what’s happening with chronic kidney disease patients between their visits. These patients are often at higher risk of developing harmful and life-threatening side effects following dialysis and other kidney procedures. With RPM tools connected to AdvancedMD software, you get instant alerts when something significant changes with our patients’ health. Your team can review the alert to check if it’s something that requires intervention, then schedule a follow-up appointment or make a phone call to check in with the patient.

Reporting for quality & cost-savings programs

Nephrology practices must be able to track and report on key quality metrics for internal efforts to improve care, and to meet regulatory requirements. AdvancedMD makes it easy to collect all the necessary information for your reporting for wide variety of value-based care quality programs, including:

  • Meaningful Use (MU)
  • Kidney Care First (KCF)
  • Kidney Care Choices (KCC)
  • Comprehensive Kidney Care Choices (CKCC)

Track important patient & practice metrics

Every nephrology practice is different, which is why AdvancedMD reporting allows you to customize the metrics you track. We offer a library with more than 650 pre-built reports to choose from, or you can create your own based on the specific metrics you want to understand and improve about your practice. Our team can help you build the exact reports you need to capture any data about your nephrology practice. Use the reports to identify gaps in care or workflow issues that you need to correct to improve care and maximize revenue.

Run and deliver reports automatically

With all the other activities going on at your practice, you don’t have to set aside time to run reports. Our software allows you to schedule the reports you need so they run automatically, then go directly to the inbox of your administrators, physicians, and other key stakeholders within your practice. Every report is delivered in an easy-to-read format so you can quickly digest the relevant information, then dig deeper on key performance metrics that matter.

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