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Phone Answering Service – How It Could Save Your Medical Practice

January 19th, 2009

Hospitals all over the US are reeling from effects of an economy in chaos and financial markets experiencing some of their worst times in 70 years. There is a tremendous increase in the number of uninsured patients visiting hospitals. Many hospitals are thus on the brink of collapsing while others are being closed down daily. As many employers work on how to scale back on health coverage and as the State looks for ways of cutting health care programs the people are left with no option but to off important but elective care like colonoscopies. With this kind of a scenario private medical practice is also taking a body blow. No practitioner can afford to lose clients and practices are looking for ways of attracting new ones. A lot needs to be done though, to achieve this. The kind of service that clients get will determine whether the practice retains or loses the client.

A good phone answering service is a sure way of ensuring that your clients are always happy. A friendly 24/7 medical answering service makes the patients feel well cared for and believe they are getting value for their money. As the competition for the few clients continues a efficient and friendly front desk phone answering service could be the critical thing you need to help your practice pull through this recession.

By investing in an after-hours answering service you make it possible for your clients to get attention when you are out of the office. A good phone answering service will also help your staff concentrate on other more important issues that will improve customer satisfaction and ultimately enhance retention. During these challenging economic times it is important to make sure that your clients are not kept for long waiting for their calls to go through. A good doctor answering service will give your practice the edge you need to beat your competitors. As more businesses close down you need to change the way you do things and ensure increased efficiency to enhance customer satisfaction.

The cost of investing in a live answering service is incomparable to the earnings you stand to gain from this one time investment. In addition, there is no need to worry about maintenance fees and your office will remain ‘open’ 24 hours a day 7 days a week! You could easily see your client list double within a few months through referrals and increased retention. A physician answering service is all you need to weather this recession. Get one today and you will always be glad you made this decision!

As the world eagerly awaits the swearing in of the 44th American president, it is no doubt that the new White House occupant has his job well cut out for him. With the effects of the economic downturn being felt not only here in the US but in many other areas in the world, governments are doing everything in their capacity to cushion their economies. Big businesses like Citigroup and SsangYong in Asia continue to register huge losses and file for bankruptcy as the business arena gets trickier. The medical practice will certainly be
affected!

Take good care of your business and have a recession-proof year at your practice!

The benefits of an automated virtual receptionist versus a call center live agent

December 5th, 2008

Call center is one of the most frequently heard complaints by small business owners or medical practices these days. And one of the most frequently heard complaints about call centers is that you can never make yourself understood.

Whether the company you are trying to reach has made call center outsourcing to Scotland, or Mexico, or Bangalore, having a simple conversation such as making, checking or cancelling an appointment can sometimes become a real hard task. This is no reflection on the person on the other end of the telephone, as doubtless anyone would have the same problem if they worked for a foreign company whose customers were based abroad.

Even if the call center is based on home soil, there is the potential obstacle of regional dialects and accents confusing both caller and operator, or human factors such as the receptionist having a cold, or a sore throat that may make them less intelligible.

However, the fact remains that in the current financial climate, a centralised medical answering service is a viable and sensible way to save your practice money. So why not cut out the risk of your patients not being able to make themselves understood through an automated virtual receptionist?

A virtual medical receptionist uses Interactive Voice Response (IVR) software to speak to patients naturally, in their own language, and in a neutral accent. If you have used IVR in the past, you should know that speech-recognition technology has come a long way in the last few years in terms of the quality of IVR based self-service systems.

But perhaps one of the greatest advantages of a remote receptionist service is that it has back-up options.

If your patient calls a live agent call center and struggles to make themselves understood, they have little option but to get frustrated with the situation, slam the phone down and hope that when they try again – if indeed they do ever call again – they reach a different agent who might understand them better.

There is no such problem with a virtual receptionist, as they have a process to go through in the unlikely situation that your patient cannot make themselves understood.

On the rare occasion that the IVR software fails to communicate with a caller, perhaps when their medical complaint prevents them from speaking or hearing clearly, a virtual receptionist will firstly re-prompt the question and ask the caller to try and answer the question again.

If this fails, it will give the caller the option of entering the answer via the telephone keypad – something which in nearly all cases will solve the problem.

However, if for some reason they can still not get their message across, the patient will be immediately connected to a live staff person immediately.

There is even a backup to the backup.

Every call that is made to a virtual receptionist is detailed and recorded on the instant call log.

This log files all the details provided (name, phone number, time of and reason for call (i.e. emergency, appointment or voice-mail). Therefore if a patient is unable to be connected to live staff, someone can always call them back to resolve the situation.

The ideal healthcare receptionist

December 2nd, 2008


The voices coming from your office front desk area are growing louder. A patient of yours is very upset about his appointment scheduling. The front desk girl is again failed her task that seems so simple – ANSWERING TELEPHONE.

To be fair, most front office receptionist are doing their best. Yet answering telephone involves more human factors than expected by all of us and can be a major source of patient discontent about your practice. Mistakes made when staff answering telephone are always seen as being unprofessional and could reflect poorly on your practice.

You can avoid this scene by finding the ideal health care receptionist. Easier said than done, right? Where will you find the ideal medical receptionist? Give a virtual medical office receptionist a try in your office. These services provide 24/7 medical reception that have an efficiency that can exceed the best live answering service.

You want nothing but positive testimonials from your patients; not only about your stellar diagnostic skills and bedside manner but also about your well run office. A virtual medical office receptionist provides self-service patient appointment scheduling that completely avoids the same-name fiasco. An automated telephone reminder feature helps your patients (the right patient!) keep their appointments. The best reminder services even offer multilingual appointment reminder capability.

An emergency after-hours doctor answering service is a must for any well run medical practice. Some virtual answering services can triage emergent calls from urgent from a plain old appointment request, and route the call directly to the appropriate contact number. Your patients get the immediate attention they need and will never have to listen to call-waiting music again. Plus the service that I use has a very natural voice dialog.

A recent survey discovered that a majority of online users look to for physicians that have integrated the internet into their practices. Your patients are expecting follow up emails after appointments and many more appreciate preventative care reminders.

One of the unfortunate consequences of managed care is the amount of time that patients are afforded during an appointment. Many patients forget to ask all the questions they have about their health care while with their physician. Medical answering service with email support can help bridge this informational gap.

As a dedicated physician who values personal relationships with your patients, you may feel apprehensive at the thought of virtual services. Keep in mind, your patients can actually experience a better automated answering service than your live answering service. Also, rest assured, web-based doctor appointment scheduling and other online services still protect patient privacy and security. Search for a HIPAA compliant virtual receptionist. Choose one that allows you or recognized office staff to set and reset access for each patient.

Medical office assistant online programs can complete many of the office tasks that are currently bogging down your medical staff. Many web-based doctor appointment services do not even require hardware installation and can be administered offsite. In fact, some simply require a subscription. That means that the ideal health care receptionist could be just a few clicks away.

Automated Answering Service is Medical Office’s Best Helper for the Holidays

November 30th, 2008


The holidays are a wonderful time for brightly colored lights, office parties and goodwill. It is also the time that your medical office receptionist and other staff members will want to take a big chunk of their vacation days off. They have worked hard for you all year round dealing with often chaotic office conditions. They need time off to rejuvenate and it’s the holiday season.

Holidays or no holidays, patients get sick and need to see you. You still need a medical office front desk receptionist, as well as other valued staff. Patients command attention. Appointments need to be made and tracked. Emergencies never seem to understand holidays. As the crunch comes, you have to juggle factors like who has seniority and who worked extra hours throughout the year to decide who gets what days off. All you really ever signed up for was to treat patients. This business management stuff is probably not your strong suit. I know it was new to me.

I would suggest moving to an automated medical receptionist as your answering service. This automated answering service will make appointments, answer phones, and coordinate many medical front desk issues. There are reliable remote receptionist services that can do reliably handle routine, but very important parts of your medical office operations.

Automated answering service will be any medical office’s best Helper, brought to you by modern technology!

No matter what you need to do in order to manage your office holiday vacation requests, a 24/7 back up receptionist can handle the appointment scheduling and keep your office running smoothly. You will have a virtual answering service, online appointment scheduler, automated reminder service and web-based backup technology to assist in those short staffed times. The right virtual medical office receptionist will give you the room to let your real receptionist take time. The programs work so efficiently and do so many office tasks that you may have to be reminded to schedule your medical receptionist for work after the new year!

A web-based doctor appointment scheduling service not only takes the hassle out of holiday vacation musical chairs, but it can be used all year round. Medical staff turnover is high in medical offices, especially the medical receptionist position. While you are trying to make everyone happy during the holidays, certain programs can lessen the load all year long. With mundane responsibilities taken off your medical staff’s shoulders, they are freed up to provide better patient care. Unhappy staff members project their displeasure onto patients; patients that may already be apprehensive about their care. When your staff is happy, they are better able to make patients feel welcome and important. Whether you realize it or not, patients that feel good about their care in turn, perceive you as a good doctor. While you may be the best doctor this side of Galen, patients must realize that you are a good doctor for it to matter. Happy patients mean healthier patients (and fewer lawsuits!).

When you have a medical assistant online all year, office staff can focus on patient care, the job detail that attracted them to medicine in the first place. Then by next holiday season, you will not be juggling so many schedules and maybe, just maybe, your remaining staff may not be so anxious to take time off!