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How to Save Time on Charting

Master charting speed with Healthie's techniques. Learn how to chart faster and boost efficiency in your practice.

In healthcare, time is a precious commodity, and medical professionals find themselves in a constant battle against the clock. Charting, a vital component of medical documentation, often becomes a bottleneck in the quest for efficiency. The good news is there are charting techniques and tools available to make charting easier and faster without compromising quality or detail. Let's learn how to chart faster and explore how Healthie can be your ally in this journey.

Tips for Charting Faster

When it comes to charting faster, leveraging technology is the name of the game. Look for an all-in-one EHR and practice management solution designed for health and wellness providers and offering a range of features tailored to expedite your charting process. 

Features that can help you with charting faster include:

  • Customizable Templates: Customize your charts and forms to align with your practice, enabling you to breeze through your documentation by eliminating redundant tasks.
  • Voice Recognition: Instead of typing out lengthy notes, simply speak your observations and allow voice-to-text to record your charting notes. This not only speeds up the process but also ensures that your documentation is more accurate and reflects the nuances of patient interactions.
  • Split-Screen Charting: To accurately and quickly chart during telehealth appointments, use a split-screen feature. This allows you to make notes in real time, without leaving your platform. 
  • Seamless Collaboration with Your Team: Real-time updates and shared access to patient information mean that everyone involved in a patient's care is on the same page, eliminating the need for duplicate charting efforts, and preventing patient frustration at having to reiterate to multiple providers. 

How Can I Speed Up My Medical Documentation?

One charting technique is to first get faster at medical documentation. Speeding up medical documentation is a common goal for health and wellness providers looking to optimize their workflow. So how can you save time charting without compromising quality?

  • Develop a shorthand system for note-taking that is both efficient and easily decipherable.
  • Customize templates to include checkboxes or yes/no answers to the most commonly asked questions in your practice.
  • Document in real time to avoid creating a dreaded backlog. Keeping your documentation current not only ensures accuracy but also prevents the overwhelming task of catching up on a mountain of notes.
  • Use an EHR and practice management tool that makes searching by patient, condition, or visit type easy. A well built platform will allow you to retrieve and reference information swiftly when needed. 

What Are the General Rules for Charting?

Adhering to the general rules of charting not only enhances the quality of your documentation but also ensures consistency and facilitates seamless communication within the healthcare team. By mastering these principles, healthcare providers can chart with confidence and contribute to the delivery of optimal patient care.

The 6 C’s of Charting in Nursing

In nursing, the 6 C's of charting are like a compass, guiding you through the process with precision:

  1. Clear: Ensure your charting is clear and easily understandable.
  2. Complete: Capture all relevant information for a comprehensive overview.
  3. Concise: Avoid unnecessary details, focusing on essential aspects.
  4. Chronological: Document events in chronological order for a cohesive timeline.
  5. Correct: Double-check for accuracy to eliminate errors.
  6. Courteous: Maintain a professional tone for effective communication.

What Are the Charting Techniques?

In medical documentation, various charting techniques enhance efficiency and precision. Below are some of the most commonly used techniques in charting:

  • Narrative Notes involve comprehensive, prose-style documentation, allowing for detailed accounts of patient care. 
  • Charting By Exception (CBE) focuses on documenting only significant deviations from the norm, streamlining the process by omitting routine details. 
  • SOAP(IER) employs a structured format—Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan, Intervention, Evaluation, Revision—for organized documentation. 
  • PIE follows a format of documenting Problems, Interventions, and Evaluations, providing a concise overview of patient issues and responses. 
  • Focus (DAR) emphasizes Data, Action, and Response, facilitating a targeted approach to documenting specific aspects of patient care. 

Each technique offers a unique perspective, catering to different needs in medical charting depending on the type of care you provide.

Chart Faster with Healthie

Healthie is an all-in-one EHR and practice management solution used by providers to seamlessly integrate patient records, treatment plans, and progress notes into one user-friendly interface. Healthie’s intuitive design enables quick navigation, which means that gone are the days of toggling between platforms, instead allowing you to focus on delivering personalized care. 

With customizable templates, in-app charting, and collaborative features, Healthie doesn’t just provide tools, but techniques that redefine how you approach charting. Now that you know how to get faster at charting, Healthie is here to streamline your entire practice. Healthie not only aligns with the 6 C’s of charting but enhances them by providing a platform that facilitates clear, complete, and concise documentation, promoting accurate and courteous communication among healthcare teams.

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