Physicians are big fans of both iPhones and iPads in their personal lives and they are becoming more prevalent in medical offices as well. Once physicians are exposed to the usability and style of these small Apple products many begin to consider Mac OS X (the current Mac operating system) computers for their offices. That’s where things can get a bit “challenging”. There are not a lot of options available for practice management on the OS X platform. That’s why I was so excited to see a recent piece from Software Advice, a company that provides medical billing software reviews and commentary on health IT. Katie Matlack – the medical market analyst at Software Advice – put together a comprehensive post outlining her thoughts on the different Mac OS options available for medical billing.
As you explore which Mac-compatible medical billing software is right for you, there are several things to keep in mind. First, you’ll want to make sure the software can support a practice of your size. Second, your software should be appropriate for the specialty your practice serves. Some vendors build software flexible enough for almost any specialty to use, while others may cater to the needs of only certain specialties. Finally, you’ll need to decide whether you want to purchase a web-based solution – also known as a hosted or software-as-a-service option – or a traditional Mac-based software system that’s installed on-site at your office.
This is an admittedly small market but if you’re using Macs in your practice and do your own billing it’s well worth reading.