Posted by: Atlas MD

August 9, 2022

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What’s New in Atlas.md? Improvements to Similar Name Identifier.

Patients come in all shapes and sizes – and names! And some of those names can be quite similar, especially if you have a large panel with dozens of Johns, Janes, Smiths, Smits, Browns, and Brauns. To help you make sure you’re looking at the correct patient’s chart, we’ve made some improvements to our similar name identifier.

Currently, when you’re looking at the chart of a patient that has a similar name to another patient, we’ll notify you on the off chance that you’re looking at the wrong chart.

Now, you can click on the notification (the large red exclamation point next to a patient’s name) and we’ll show you a list of patients with similar names so that if you were on the wrong chart, you can find your way to the correct one.

If you have any questions about the similar name identifier, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at support@atlas.md.

Posted by: Atlas MD

August 2, 2022

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What’s New in Atlas.md? Macros-on-Macros for Lab Result Data.

In a previous blog post we detailed a number of improvements we made to note-taking, including the integration of macro shortcuts with lab results. Today, we’re taking that one step further with macros-on-macros for lab result data.

This feature allows you to reference specific lab result data directly from your custom macros using the new #loinc shortcut. Now, you can pull up recent, up-to-date data with one single text shortcut, without having to manually reference those observations.

You can create a custom #cholesterolresults macro, for example, and quickly incorporate lab result data into your note-taking. Atlas.md’s autocompleter will pull up the most current observations for the test according to the LOINC codes you integrated into the macro.

If you’re unfamiliar with LOINC codes, check out our help article for more details and a table with the most commonly used LOINCs.

Lab-related note-taking just got even more accessible and streamlined.

If you have any questions about how macros-on-macros work, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at support@atlas.md.

Posted by: Atlas MD

July 26, 2022

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What’s New in Atlas.md? Company Branch Locations.

Good news – we’ve got another update! This latest one was designed with big clinics with practices in multiple locations in mind.

Usually, all of the companies under an account share the account’s primary location, which means that billing for those companies is assigned to that location too.

But with Company Branch Locations, you can designate a new branch location for different companies under one account.

Once you change the branch location for a company, any new charges or payments by the company will belong to the selected branch location. Any items billed before this change will remain unaltered and still belong to the main company branch.

This feature allows for more precise tracking and control of revenue and payments across different companies and branch locations. Now, when you pull reports such as the Payments Report, the Charges per Location report, and the Billing History Report, any costs and revenue will be clearly organized according to the branch location that processed them.

This also makes it much easier to reconcile payouts and assign billing to different bank accounts and companies based on their location.

If you have any questions about company branch locations, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at support@atlas.md.

Posted by: Atlas MD

July 19, 2022

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What’s New in Atlas.md? Text Formatting.

No one likes reading walls of text. To help make notes more readable and better organize your thoughts, we’ve introduced text formatting.

This means you can now use bolding, italics, lists, and more to make your notes easier to read. Check out this Text Formatting Guide we put together to better understand how this content formatting works. For those of you familiar with Markdown formatting, this will be a breeze!

We’re confident that text formatting will make jotting down notes and sending instructions (among other things) that much easier and more effective.

If you have any questions about how text formatting works, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at support@atlas.md.

Posted by: Atlas MD

July 13, 2022

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What’s New in Atlas.md? Save Draft Function, Custom Form Notes, and Macros for Lab Data.

In this next round of updates, we’ve turned our attention to improving the custom notes function that many of our users use to document patient well-being and provide updates to other medical professionals.

Save draft function

For added peace of mind when writing notes, we’ve introduced a way of actively saving anything you’ve already written. While notes already have an autosave feature, the ability to actively save drafts means you can decide when exactly you want to save your drafts, giving you control over when you want to save your work, and allowing you to come back to unfinished notes. Pending drafts will be visible in the header of your patients’ charts, so you can easily find any notes you were working on.

Custom form notes

When emailing forms to your patients, you may want to go into specific details about the form, particular conditions, or any other instructions. With custom form notes you can easily add a short, customized note that will accompany the email to your patient with the link to the form. The custom note has macros integration so you can automate commonly-used instructions or observations.

Macros for lab data

In order to provide easier ways to reference data points from imported lab results, we’ve now integrated Atlas.md’s macro autocompleter. This means you can now use the macro shortcuts #trend and #result to pull up the latest results for your patients. 

For example, if you want to reference the latest lab result concerning Triglycerides, you can type “#resulttrig” and Atlas.md will search for all matching data points.

This streamlines the process of attaching lab results to patient charts, as well as emailing report notes to patients and other doctors.

And that’s it! We’re really excited and confident that these notes will make your job that much easier. If you have any questions about how any of these updates work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at support@atlas.md.

Posted by: Atlas MD

June 28, 2022

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What’s New in Atlas.md? Custom Appointment Notes, More Appointment Recurrence Options, and Emergency Contact Categorization.

Summer is finally here, and along with the sunshine we have a number of feature updates to share. We’ve focused the lion’s share of our efforts on improving features related to appointments, and we’re confident that these updates will make scheduling consultations that much more efficient.

Custom appointment notes

When creating appointments or notifying patients you may want to go into a little more detail about what the patient can expect from the appointment. With custom appointment notes you can now easily add a short customized note so that your patients are better informed about any upcoming consultations. These notes also work with macros integration, a powerful tool that allows you to create templates for your most-used appointment notes.

New appointment recurrence options

We’ve also extended the number of available recurrence options for appointments. Before, appointments could only recur on a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly basis. Now, we’ve added 14-, 21-, and 28-day recurrences to repeating appointments for greater flexibility when scheduling consultations.

Emergency contact categorization

In an emergency, it’s important to have as much information as possible. With that in mind, we wanted to make it easy to classify the relationship between a patient and their emergency contact(s). With emergency contact categorization, you can now easily specify this relationship in your patient’s chart.

That’s it for now. We have some more updates coming very soon, but in the meantime, we hope these features improve your Atlas.md experience. If you have any questions about any of the updates, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at support@atlas.md.

Posted by: Atlas MD

June 8, 2022

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How the DPC Model is Changing Dentistry

It’s no secret that the DPC movement has made huge strides in its goals of forever changing American healthcare. Healthcare services that would have put patients out of pocket thousands of dollars – and that’s even before taking into consideration hefty insurance premiums and copays – are now obtainable for less than $100 per month. 

This revolution in direct care – and revolution is the correct word here – has been nothing short of astonishing – and now it’s spreading to other forms of previously inaccessible healthcare too.

The problem with dental

Dentistry has long been a major, often prohibitive, expense for many people in the US. The prices even for basic checkups are out of reach for so many Americans. Many put off going to the dentist for months or even years, often until they’re in so much pain from an existing problem that they make compromises in other areas of their life to afford an appointment.

Let’s take a look at the cost of average dental treatments in the US:

  • Cleaning, check-up and x-rays – $200-$400
  • Implant and crown – $3000-$6000
  • Root canal – $700-$1300
  • Whitening – $300-$500
  • Bridge – $2000-$6000

These prices are without insurance, but even with insurance, the out-of-pocket contribution that patients have to pay is astronomical. Since traditional dental insurance caps at an annual maximum of between $1,000 to $2,000, plus copayments for all major services, patients will almost always be facing lofty bills.

This is bad for patients, but it’s bad for dentists too, as it discourages patients from booking appointments until absolutely necessary, ultimately resulting in fewer visits.

Direct Care for dentists

Because of the costs involved in dental care, and the disadvantages it presents for both patients and healthcare practitioners, many are starting to see how the benefits of Direct Care and in-office patient membership plans can be applied to the industry.

Like DCP clinics, they offer a number of plans for individuals, small businesses, and larger organizations. 

Membership fees start at $20/month, including up to two oral exams, teeth cleaning and x-rays, as well as a 30%-45% discount on other procedures such as crowns, fillings, implants, etc.

For dentists, this opens access to a whole new panel of patients, those who previously had no dental insurance, such as retirees or the self-employed. It also offers a chance to build loyalty with patients of all ages and, more importantly, retain those patients for years to come.

The DPC model is the future of healthcare

As more healthcare professionals realize the benefits that the Direct Care model affords their businesses and patients, it’s likely that in addition to primary care and dentistry, other fields such as psychiatry and psychotherapy could adopt similar models. 

The secret lies in not only spreading the word about the inherent advantages of the DPC model but by letting the increased savings and quality healthcare that patients receive speak for themselves. 

Posted by: Atlas MD

April 20, 2022

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What’s New in Atlas.md? Import LabCorp Results.

Last year we released the Import Lab Results feature that made it possible to move test results from labs directly into Atlas.md as discrete data. The feature allowed you to view test results as tabular data instead of just a static PDF, but it only worked with lab results from Quest Diagnostics.

Today, we’re happy to announce that we’ve extended the capabilities of the feature to work with results from LabCorp. This means you can now effortlessly import lab results into Atlas.md from two of the country’s largest labs providers.

For a more detailed explanation of how the feature works, please check out our help article on the subject, and if you’re unsure about how to request labs, you can find out more here

Finally, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at support@atlas.md.

Posted by: Atlas MD

March 9, 2022

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What’s New in Atlas.md? Self-Scheduling.

Scheduling patient appointments is a time-consuming affair, often requiring nurses, secretaries, or other administrative staff to coordinate and manage. Our newest feature, self-scheduling, gives you the option to allow patients to schedule their own appointments ahead of time, drastically reducing the administrative burden required to schedule consultations.

Self-scheduling doesn’t have to replace your preferred booking process. You can still schedule appointments as you normally would while also providing patients with the possibility to book their own consultations. Atlas.md will automatically make sure that there are no schedule conflicts so that you can spend more time worrying about what matters most – providing quality care.

The rollout of self-scheduling doesn’t mean that you’re going to be suddenly swamped with appointments without your knowledge. Users have full control over whether they want to enable self-scheduling, how far in advance they would like bookings, the length of appointments, and how many daily time slots they want to open up. This isn’t limited to doctors either; any user, including administrative staff and nurses, can enable self-scheduling so that patients can book procedures such as labs, tests, or vaccinations directly with the relevant member of staff.

We’re constantly working on ways to give users more options to manage their clinics in a way that makes sense to them, and self-scheduling is another tool to do that while enabling even more flexibility and customization.

If you have any questions about self-scheduling, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at support@atlas.md.

Posted by: Atlas MD

February 8, 2022

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What’s New in Atlas.md? Shipping Labels for Companies.

Last year we made a lot of improvements to our shipping processes in order to make it easier to dispense refills and ship packages to patients. Today, we’re rolling out similar enhancements to shipping functionalities for companies.

Now, you can quickly and easily order shipping and print shipping labels to have packages sent to companies, while Atlas.md takes care of all the administrative heavy lifting. It’s just another way we’re broadening our scope of services while simultaneously lessening the amount of paperwork you have to pay attention to.

To learn more about shipping packages and medication, check out this support article. And if you have any questions regarding shipping labels, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at support@atlas.md.