Over the last few years, growing a mustache during the month of November has become increasingly popular. Maybe you’ve noticed a few more mustachioed patients coming in to your medical practice over the last week or so, and likely there will be more to come. Have you been wondering why?
The Movember Foundation For Men’s Health Awareness
Movember focuses specifically on men’s health, raising awareness for prostate and testicular cancers. Men can show their support by growing your best ‘stache, and of course, women can participate as well. You can contribute by making a small donation here. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation website, $769M has already been raised in funding for projects that focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
Let’s take a closer look at the ways you can have a positive impact on men’s health as a medical practitioner.
EHR Features That Boost Patient Engagement
Many of the functions of your practice’s Electronic Health Records (EHR) software can help raise awareness and boost patient engagement.
Patient portals connect you with your patients using tablets, smart phones, PCs or Macs using web applications, in a HIPAA compliant, secure fashion. Using the patient portal, your staff can send messages to patients such as reminders for screenings, lab results, as well as educational materials related to men’s health. Additionally, your patients can use the patient portal to keep track of their health records as well as their prescriptions and billing statements.
In addition to patient engagement tools, your EHR makes it easy to track your patients’ medical and family histories in order to assess their risk for prostate/testicular cancer. Often the use of EHR software can help diagnose cancers early on, before surgery becomes necessary.
Leveraging the vast amounts of data contained in the EHR as well as its capabilities for increasing patient engagement, you can develop health strategies with your patients and thereby increase the quality of care at your practice.
Urology EHR For Prostate Cancer Detection and Treatment
In a recent study by the National Institute of Health (NIH), insights gained from EHR software revealed that just 78 percent of the prostate cancer patients who met the criteria for Active Surveillance (AS) treatment received it, instead receiving immediate treatment with radiation or surgery. The study found that EHR Software contributed significantly to the “implementation of an evidence-based criteria for detection of AS candidates can provide a reasonable basis for evaluation of practice patterns and for quality improvement.”
Urology EHR software can provide the specialty-specific templates and customized content for medical procedures including prostate biopsy, prostate and rectal sonogram, and radical prostatectomy. PrognoCIS Urology EHR software contains patient education materials, or gives you the ability import your own.
Other Ways to Participate in Movember
Some medical organizations, such as the DMC Medical Group are offering free prostate exams in observance of Movember. Encourage your patients to get an exam if they meet the criteria. Movember offers a specific challenge for healthcare professionals, where you can show your support by making a small donation, or by simply growing a mustache and promoting the movement.
The contributions of doctors like you have a profoundly positive impact on the lives of families around the world. Whatever way you choose to show your support for men’s health during this month, we hope you continue to deliver the best quality healthcare possible to your patients and innovate your use of EHR technology. Although a cure for diseases such as prostate and testicular cancers is closer than ever, more work remains ahead. Thank you for all your hard work promoting men’s health this month.