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Important Terms to Know: Practice Management

Practice Accelerator
January 30, 2024

Big Data: These data sets are too large for traditional software processing and require specialized tools and algorithms to extrapolate information.

Clinical practice guideline: Referring to consensus statements that may be issued by governmental or professional organizations and are usually subject to peer review.

Electronic medical record (EMR): A digital version of the paper charts in the clinician’s office. An EMR contains the medical and treatment history of each patient in the practice.

EMR systems and health care reporting: Electronic medical record (EMR) systems, which are software programs that provide multifaceted management tools for the operation of heath care facilities. EMR platforms may be integrated with third-party organizations, patient tracking, and analytical reporting. EMR and reporting systems may be customized to meet wound care or other specialty facilities’ management requirements.

Evidence-based clinical practice: Making decisions about patient care based on literature evidence regarding a particular topic. This practice involves combining clinical expertise, patient preferences, and best available evidence from high-quality research.

Patient portal: An electronic access point for the patient to review their medical record and send secure messages to the clinicians providing their care.

Practice management resources:  Resources one may consult or obtain from professional organizations or private businesses that allow clinicians to enhance or improve the administration or management of their practice. These resources may provide training or ideas for implementation, networks for professional consultation, or customized services tailored to a given practice’s needs.

Prior authorization (PA): a process in which a request for provisional approval of public or private insurance coverage is submitted for review before providing a good or service and generating a claim.

Remote patient monitoring systems: Systems designed to monitor patient activities and provide real-time data on device use, activity, and/or risk factors associated with injury, such as incontinent episodes or therapeutic device monitoring.

Telehealth: Usually a video visit via am internet connected device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone. During this visit, when indicated, the clinician and patient may conduct a customized encounter to help manage care virtually.

Wound assessment and monitoring systems: Devices or digital aids used in the measurement, imaging, and documentation of wounds. Digital devices may provide 2- or 3-dimensional assessment of a wound with electronical medical record software integration and may be non-contact.   

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource, HMP Global, its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.