Archive for September, 2011

Free Medical Appointment Scheduling Software – Is It Worth It?

Lisa West September 25th, 2011

More and more medical practitioners are considering the advantages of a medical appointment scheduling software: And there are many. There are many options available with regards to software- From fairly basic and fundamental programs which primarily deal with organization to more advanced systems which allows patients to make, confirm, reschedule and cancel their doctor appointment online or by phone call. Unquestionably, there are many choices available. And when weighing up those options a major consideration is usually cost.

The cost of medical appointment scheduling software and systems varies considerably. Free appointment scheduling software is readily available. The cost of paid, online appointment scheduling systems usually depends upon the features utilized and demand – Somewhat akin to a mobile phone contract. The monthly cost could range from somewhere around twenty-five dollars a month to a few hundred dollars. But why pay at all you might ask? The short answer to that is patient privacy.

Free Appointment Scheduling Software
As they say, there is no such thing as a free lunch: And with regards to a free online scheduler or appointment scheduling software this is often the case. Invariably the service company providing free access to an appointment scheduling system or software will in fact be recuperating costs by selling the user´s data. For some businesses and perhaps private, alternative practitioners this may not be a violation of patient privacy. However, for a doctor´s medical practice this would be exactly that.

Cost Effective
Appointment scheduling software can deal with patient appointment scheduling as well as reminder calls. For most medical practitioners this is the most cost effective way to offer 24/7 scheduling options to patients as well as ensure patient appointment reminder calls are made on time every time: Invariably reducing no-shows and so improving revenues and efficiency. No-shows can cost much over the months and years. Often automated patient appointment software and systems will pay for themselves simply by reducing no-shows.

Ask Yourself..
A violation of patient privacy could cost that medical practice dearly – Even in the short term. This is something that should be seriously considered when choosing appointment scheduling software –  With paid appointment scheduling software being highly cost-effective for most taking chances with patient data is very risky: Really, is it worth it for a free lunch?

Self-Service Patient Appointment Scheduling – Is Self-Service The Way Forward

Lisa West September 10th, 2011

For some the old saying, two steps forward and three steps backward epitomizes the concept of self-service patient appointment scheduling: Often feeling that automated appointment scheduling is ´impersonal´and so has a negative impact on patient – doctor relations and communication. However, for many of those who have utilized self-service patient appointment scheduling it has been been like taking five steps forward with regards to improving patient services and care: For these doctors and medical practitioners self service has certainly proven to be the way forward.

Times Change
Today the modern generation is accustomed to technology: Indeed, the youth of today positively demand it! Automation, computers, the internet – This technology has become apart of everyday life. While traditionalists may have a point in that technology is impersonal to a degree the fact is that times are moving on – As they have always done: From the horse and cart to the automobile for example. People expect more for less and the primary way to achieve that in any business is to streamlined, efficient and so provide services cost effectively. For those organizations and businesses that do not keep up, the future could become very bleak. Indeed they could most certainly find they are taking five steps back.

Automated appointment scheduling has proven to be a capable and reliable service option for some of the largest health organizations in the US and Canada: As well as smaller medical practices and independent medical practitioners. Efficient patient appointment scheduling is essential and fundamental to productive medical practice management.

No Sacrifice
Self-service patient appointment scheduling has helped medical practitioners and practices up and down the country improve services efficiently and effectively by freeing up staff from this the time consuming task. Without the need to deal with appointment scheduling and patient appointment reminders staff have more time to deliver immediate patient care and attend to more demanding administration tasks. While booking a patient appointment may not be as ´personal´as it used to be the improvements in patient services overall have proven to be well worth the “sacrifice” for many – Indeed, for a majority it has proven to be no sacrifice at all.