Simple Chiropractic SOAP Notes: More Details, Less Time
SOAP reports are something that many practitioners consider a necessary evil. Everyone knows that they’re something that needs to be done and done correctly, but most people don’t want to spend time on them. Most of the time, they would rather spend on what they got into chiropractic for: helping patients. But to spend more time on patients, you and your practice need to be efficient, and to do that, you must have accurate notes. Most chiropractors would take advantage of any method to have their SOAP notes get finished more quickly without sacrificing accuracy.
Digital SOAP notes have several advantages that work to solve those issues and help make your practice more efficient. For one, typing up notes is faster than writing them down with pen and paper, and you don’t have to try to figure out what you scrawled down while talking to a patient. Digital SOAP reports are also more secure. Most of them are placed in password-protected programs that a random person passing by your desk won’t be able to see. They’re much easier to bring up in the system, and you don’t have to remember a stack of paperwork that must travel with you from office to office.
SOAP reports are among the ways that you can note any tests that might be needed for the patient. Digital software designed for chiropractors, like ChiroSpring, will have sections of the digital note system laid out so the most common tests have their own categories that you can enter them in and additional space to note any more uncommon tests that are not listed. The results can be filed in the same system, so it’s easier to see what is done and what is still needed and to not have to rely on memory. Past treatments can be noted, along with their effects or lack thereof. That makes it easier to note what has worked with the patient and what has not.
Even if you need to refer a patient to another chiropractor, digital SOAP reports can make the process more efficient. If you are both working in the same system, the notes can be forwarded to the other practitioner with ease, and the documentation will be able to assist them with their later work.
SOAP reports are still seen as a necessary evil. But there is much you can do to make the process as easy as possible without sacrificing accuracy. With that, you can get back to treating patients, which is why you entered this industry in the first place.
ChiroSpring is an all-in-one practice management and EHR system built specifically for chiropractors to help them regain face-time with patients, spend less time on back-office tasks, maintain a limited staff, and save operational costs.
To see how ChiroSpring can help you simplify how you manage your practice, reach out to one of our specialists today!