Chiropractors rely on copious note-taking to give their patients the best quality care. Chiropractic SOAP notes are particularly essential in caring for regular patients. These detailed notes ease the treatment process, which assists chiropractors in understanding everything about a patient before they walk into the practice.
However, SOAP notes can be pain points for chiropractors, especially when using legacy or manual systems. These systems take up too much time recording patients’ information. Chiropractors do not have enough time to care for their clients.
Chiropractors need modern patient notes software to optimize the process of making SOAP notes. Ways that modern systems optimize the SOAP note-taking process include the following.
1. Enhancing Patient Involvement in the Process
Legacy systems are rigid and will force you to take SOAP notes yourself. This exercise can be lengthy when you have many patients to attend to. You’ll still experience challenges even if you have a team to help you. The staff members will experience heightened exhaustion levels, and their productivity will deteriorate as a result.
The solution is involving patients in the process of taking SOAP Notes. With modern systems, patients can populate the SOAP notes themselves. ChiroSpring’s software has an online intake feature that enables patients to populate the SOAP notes from remote locations. Modern systems make it easier to dedicate most of your time to enhancing patient care. Patient involvement in SOAP note-taking is effective in limiting the time that chiropractors need for administrative tasks.
2. Cross-Sharing Information Faster
Time is a critical factor in the treatment process, especially in emergency cases. It can be the difference that saves lives. The systems that you have affect how fast you can administer treatment. It takes more time to get a patient’s medical history when you rely on legacy systems. It takes even longer in cases where you have to get this information from another practice facility. Most legacy systems don’t have a feature that enables practices to share this information.
Modern systems enhance the collaborative effort among chiropractors. These systems have a mutual platform where chiropractors can exchange patient information. Quick sharing of SOAP notes on similar patients can boost their treatment processes.
3. Reducing Time Spent on Recording SOAP Notes
Chiropractors complain of burnouts when they have to record numerous SOAP notes on legacy systems. Typing all the information takes a toll on them. Furthermore, some of the patient information is quite similar. Repeatedly recording this information is monotonous. You should automate this task to get rid of the redundancy. Legacy SOAP notes systems rarely offer this luxury.
Going for modern systems can limit the need to type all patients’ information. ChiroSpring has a macros feature in their SOAP note software. It has a large database of common SOAP note information. This feature can auto-generate sentences or entire paragraphs of patient information via a single click. It cuts the time that you spend on recording SOAP notes by almost 90%. But what if the auto-generated information doesn’t exactly match the patient’s condition? Modern systems enable you to edit the information to match your needs.