Why ZenCharts is Great for Clinicians
As a healthcare professional in the field of Behavioral Health, we are tasked not only with the direct care of those we serve, but comprehensive assessment, Client buy-in, self determination, patient safety, and more and all of this must be documented. For a couple of decades now the field has been drawn to electronic documentation. However, the technology has been slow to advance staying close to what I call a “Digital Filing Cabinet.” Quite frankly, the only true difference between a paper chart and an electronic charting system is some demographic information is pre populated and the clinician is typing or possibly cutting and pasting from a “Word” document rather than utilizing a pen and paper.
Clinical Decision Support
With ZenCharts that practice has ended, the ship has sailed. A true Electronic Charting system is an EHR, an Electronic Health Record that offers the clinicians support tools, such as the ability to individualize treatment plans and the process of co-coordinated and treatment team planning, all this without having to reinvent the wheel. A comprehensive assessment tool kit that suggests when to delve into a deeper assessment process, then pre populate that tool and notify you when to complete this tool. Eliminating the potential for missing an integral safeguard for patient safety.
Zen offers modular data entry for historical indicators such as Treatment Episode history, drug use history, client reported medications, trauma based issues which is absolutely essential to building an effective rapport with the client. Clients in the informative gathering of data get tired of answering the same questions over and over and when it comes to trauma they potentially can become more guarded when asked to recall events of the past often with an pre-intake worker, then an intake worker then possibly the assessing clinician that then assigns the patient to their primary clinician only to then begin the work. With Zen that process is simplified and guarded.
A User-Friendly Interface
A user interface that makes sense and is simple to utilize. Yes in today’s culture we are familiar with technology as part of our daily lives. However, a system needs to be user friendly and easy to navigate. If a clinician does not need to see residential features the system should offer the user a process to hide those features to further simplify the view. Zen subscribers tend to boast about the user experience, the professional look and ability to navigate effortlessly. For instance, lets say a clinician has three clinical notes to write for individual sessions. They start with their first client, they are inside the client’s health record, they complete the individualized note and are ready to now move to the second client. In Zen they would select the client from a dropdown and the clients shart will automatically open exactly in the note section. The digital filing cabinet systems force the clinician to go back out to the chart rack select the client and then navigate to the notes section! Terrible workflow.
If this has peeked your interest may I invite you to a live demo with a Zen Professional to see the many more advances that technology with ZenCharts can change your practice?