PocketBilling V2.0 stand-alone charge capture and tracking
This easy to learn program built with HanDBase application
tool is a must have for all providers of patient care. The
purpose is what the name implies…a portable, point-of-care
application that produces a complete record of visits and
appropriate coded charges.
The web site contains a comprehensive online manual that covers
all actions and screens. A beginning user of a Palm OS device will
have no difficulty in getting started. There is a 30-day trial version
that provides enough time to try the program. Online purchase is
available for $49.99 with a 30-day money back guarantee. Unique
in this day and age of buyer beware.
Functions are really geared toward hospital rounds and charges,
but the edit option would allow office visits, field and home visits
which broadens this applications utilization. Initial charges with
subsequent level of service with the appropriate visit code are
available in a lookup screen.
The screens display a patient list, last round and admit date.
By tapping "new" another screen appears where you enter
the data that also takes you to an additional screen for denoting
initial, subsequent charges with specifics for procedures, ER services
and Nursing Home. The note section allows freedom to capture text
notations unique to the patient.
Applicability for nursing is present. Primary care nurse practitioners
can add procedures and visit types specific for their practice,
along with settings.
Information contained in this application can be beamed to other
providers and billing departments. The option is also available
to print via IR that includes from memopad, Microsoft Access™ and
Excel. Additional actions include, exporting data, deletion, report
running and sorting with filter activities. This certainly could
offer a method of quality practice monitoring, patient tracking
and practice management.
The application professes the ability to store up to 60,000 patients.
The price is reasonable given the ability to capture coding that
is expedited by use of the handheld device and would certainly pay
for itself in a short period of time. The skeptics can do the trial
version and match that to the paper encounters for accuracy. I just
wonder about the future ability to make this a truly universal application
for ambulatory care centers?
MN, ARNP Editor PDA cortex