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For most things, having too many features can create challenges and often makes things more difficult. Think of that state-of-the-art remote control, that’s supposed to simplify your life by combining all your equipment together. Most often, you’re left with a remote to a system that makes it more difficult to simply turn on the TV.

It’s the same with chiropractic practice management software. It’s challenging to find the right balance between the features you need, and the ones you don’t to successfully run your practice – you don’t always need to go overboard on additional apps and plugins. So, when you’re looking at chiropractic software for your practice, you should consider the core features you need first.

Doctors need to be able to effectively enter their medical records into a system that’s quick and accurate – not one that’s connected to different apps to accomplish a simple task. For example, you wouldn’t want separate adjustment tables for a patient’s arms, legs, and body. You want an adjustment table that accommodates all patients because it makes the most sense and allows you to accomplish your manipulation in the most efficient way, without increasing your costs by having to buy many tables. Chiropractic software is the same, you don’t want one that requires downloading several different apps to connect individual parts of the practice. While some of the apps work well, they often create a situation where the software features become overkill, and the software itself is a burden. As a result, the core features you need – billing, scheduling, practice management – get diluted and lost in the shuffle.

Additionally, more features usually mean more training. And while training is a mandatory portion of the process, it shouldn’t be difficult or take an abundant amount of time. Having software that is more straightforward and absent of unnecessary features, gets your practice up-and-running faster during installation, while allowing you to train staff in days rather than months. The more streamlined the system, the easier it is to work with and train your staff. So, when you’re considering additional features, choose them wisely and know what you’re paying for.

The software market is filled with solutions for chiropractors. Many offer apps and plugins in addition to core features in an effort to make your practice run more efficiently. The question is: do the additional apps and plugins really make the core features better? Sometimes yes, most of the time, no.  It’s important to keep it simple, especially in the functions that are core to the success of your practice.

One thing’s for sure: core features will always be the backbone of chiropractic practice management software, ensuring accuracy and efficiency. Additional features only deviate from the ultimate goal: helping patients.