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Dealing with seasonal demand with a virtual receptionist

December 16th, 2008


With the holiday season upon us, you may find that your medical or dental surgery is experiencing lager-than-usual custom, especially by phone. Whether it is someone calling in to say they won’t be making an appointment because of a festive duty, or the opposite, someone calling to make an appointment because of some winter-related injury, this time of year is often the busiest.

So rather than take on new staff, or risk your current reception desk becoming over-run, why not put your patients in the safe hands of a virtual receptionist.

In the same way that you can now order a pizza or check your bank balance by telephone, you can now offer your patients a 24/7 medical answering service and online appointment scheduling by employing a virtual receptionist.

A virtual receptionist can answer and log calls, make appointments, direct calls to the correct recipient and even telephone patients to remind them of their appointment.

Human error is known to be one of the biggest problems in improving productivity, efficiency and quality of service. You only need to look at the improvements we now enjoy thanks to inventions like cash machines, vending machines and self-service supermarket checkouts.

The same principle can now be applied to your medical reception desk.

Your current receptionist is only human, so can only handle one call at a time. That means that if you have an exceptionally busy day, some patients may not be able to get through to you.

These problems are a thing of the past with a virtual receptionist, which is able to handle any number of simultaneous calls, regardless of the call length or reason. No longer need you worry about missing out on calls due to telephone congestion, as all calls are handled simultaneously, with exceptional service and dependability.

Also gone from your practice will be the constant sound of ringing, unanswered phones from your medical front desk. Your staff, rather than being always glued to the receiver making appointments and attending to callers, the virtual receptionist will handle your patients’ every need, leaving your medical reception staff free to concentrate on patients who are actually in the building.

In addition to answering your calls, a virtual receptionist can contact your patients to remind them of appointments, in their own language and in a clear and informative manner. The automated receptionist also detects the difference between human voices and answering machines.

While a human receptionist is limited by the hours they work, the virtual receptionist will retry unanswered calls at different times of the day until they get through to your patient, and logs all calls, attempts and results with efficiency and accuracy.

A virtual receptionist also eliminates other potential pitfalls your patients may encounter, such as regional dialects and accents which can confuse both caller and operator, or human factors such as the receptionist having a cold, or a sore throat that may make them less intelligible.

IS THIS YOUR MEDICAL OFFICE RECEPTIONIST WANT AD?

December 7th, 2008

Wanted: Experienced medical office receptionist for busy local practice. The qualified candidate must be available 24 hours of the day, seven days a week. Vacation days are not offered. Sleep will not be tolerated. Requirements include perfect coordination of all medical appointment scheduling without error. All individually tailored patient information must be memorized and accessed at will. The successful candidate must be multi-lingual. Pay is less than competitive.

How many responses do you think you will get with a help wanted ad like this? Even in a down economy you will not be interviewing many medical receptionists. Of course, all clinics would love to have a medical front desk receptionist with all of these fantastic qualities, but it’s just not realistic, right? Wrong. A Virtual Medical Office Receptionist is all of these things and more.

Modern web-based doctor appointment scheduling services perform most of the mundane tasks needed to run a medical practice. Your new “medical receptionist” can be a virtual answering service that your patients will love since they are never left on hold again. Plus the natural dialogue is pleasant. When your clinic has a staffing crunch due to illness, vacations or turnover, your new Virtual Medical Office Receptionist is the back up answering system that covers the gap.

Acting as 24/7 medical reception, your automated answering service will field all calls assign them to emergency or non-emergency status. Patients calling urgently in the middle of the night are already stressed out. They either need access to you or someone that can help. They need to know that their physician will return their call or make sure they are helped. Remember that calls do not just come at 2 AM; they also come at 5:01 PM, just as your current medical receptionist is pulling out of the parking lot. You need to have an inviting, fail-proof answering service that can triage all of your calls.

Has your office calculated how much revenue is lost due to missed appointments? When appointments are missed, there tends to be a gap between making a new one. How many patients would have made their appointments if they had a reminder? Now, your patients can receive fully automated appointment reminder calls or emails. Reducing no-show appointments not only helps your bottom line, but also ensures patient continuity of care.

A virtual receptionist service organizes each patient’s information to identify preferences. With secure privacy restrictions in place, your patients’ preference for email or phone appointment reminders is stored. Whether they would rather call the office or use self-service patient appointment scheduling by phone or internet is noted. Plus, the best programs are multi-lingual and interact with patients in the language of their choice.

The perfect doctor office receptionist is available for immediate hire. You do not need to place an ad to find such an exceptional medical receptionist. Web-based medical scheduling programs can greatly improve your office’s efficiency. Place a want ad for a new medical technician instead. Sit back and witness the morale of your office staff soar as they are freed from redundant, monotonous tasks. Your patients will appreciate the smooth appointment scheduling, the friendly staff and the overall quality of care.

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.

Cut down on human error with a virtual receptionist

November 25th, 2008

Human error has long been recognised as one of the biggest obstacles to improving productivity, efficiency and quality of service. Just look at the improvements inventions such as cash machines, vending machines and now self-service supermarket checkouts have made to our quality of life.

The same principle can be now be applied to a medical reception desk using an automated answering service.

Upgrade and improve

Whether someone is looking to improve on the service their front desk currently offers, or simply to provide an out-of-hours service for patients, a virtual medical office receptionist will be there to help with every need.

A virtual medical receptionist will man your front desk 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It can schedule appointments, provide natural conversations with patients in their own language, divert emergency calls to the correct number when necessary and even remind your patients of their appointments, thus slashing the costly no-shows from which practices currently suffer.

Cost-effective

You can often try a service for free with a one-month trial, and should you decide to keep it, you could find it is a much more cost-effective option than a live agent.

A virtual receptionist will never call in sick, never be late for work, never need a holiday and never go on strike! It is easy to use and maintain and exceptionally reliable.

You will find that your practice improves, both in terms of business efficiency and also in patient satisfaction, because a virtual receptionist works the hours that they do. Whether they call at four o’clock in the morning or 10 o’clock at night, it will be there to take their call.

Never miss a call

A virtual receptionist can distinguish and therefore separate emergency calls from non-emergency calls, so only really urgent situations will be diverted. And you can be assured that when they are, they will be connected to the correct number without any delay.

No longer need you be interrupted by unnecessary calls, or risk missing a vitally-important message, your 24/7 medical answering service will take care of it for you.

Multi-task without hiring more staff

Your current receptionist can only handle one call at a time. This is no slight on them, they are only human, but it means that if you have an exceptionally busy day, some patients may not be able to get through to you.

There are no such problems with a virtual receptionist, which can handle multiple calls regardless of the call length or reason. You need not worry about loss of calls due to telephone congestion any more, as all calls with be handled simultaneously, and with exceptional service and dependability.

No longer will there be the constant sound of ringing, unanswered phones from your medical reception desk, as instead of your staff constantly being on the phone making appointments and generally attending to the callers, the virtual receptionist will be there to handle their every need. This means that your reception staff will have the time free to concentrate on patients who are actually in the building.

Why you need to consider investing in a remote receptionist service

November 21st, 2008

Most businesses if not all require excellent customer relations in order to flourish and a healthcare business is no different. Businesses interact with people on many levels; from the customers to the suppliers and everybody else in the supply chain. One area though, that requires well polished people skills is the receptionist desk. The front desk receptionist can break or make a company. This can’t be truer for a medical practitioner’s business.

When clients visit your medical facility the first person they meet with is your office front desk receptionist. They get clearance from the reception desk before proceeding to be served by you. A bad experience with the receptionist substantially reduces their desire to visit your clinic again. Apart from clearing clients, it is the work of the front desk receptionist to schedule appointments with various clients, remind others of upcoming visits, handle cancelled appointments, receive calls from potential and existing clients etc. To manage all this well needs you to find a very good receptionist. That however does not guarantee you that you will not have chaos in case there is an upsurge in the number of clients visiting your facility. At one time your medical front desk maybe required to handle more than three calls as well as other clients who maybe on the line waiting to be served. This creates a very charged atmosphere at the work place and at the end of the day you will also breathe a sigh of relief!

While your health care receptionist may try all that is humanly possible to handle the situation there is no doubt that he or she will only do what is humanly possible. It is probable that during a busy working day an important call won’t get through to you because your receptionist just can’t handle the work. It is human; and humans will only do what is humanly possible. So, what do you do to prevent your health care business from undergoing this negative downward spiral? The first thing that usually comes to your mind is to hire another medical office assistant. ‘He or she has to be very good in multi tasking’, you whisper to yourself. The truth however, is that at one point in time the two receptionists will have more than they can handle. It is bound to happen unless your business is not growing. That is why the idea of a virtual medical office receptionist is a very viable option.

A 24/7 medical reception is a sure way of relieving yourself, other staff and even clients of undue stress that characterizes modern day work environment. A medical office assistant online allows you and your staff to concentrate on important issues that involve serving the patients as the more mundane activities are handled by the remote receptionist A good virtual medical office receptionist will receive calls from your clients, schedule appointments, make reminder calls, handle cancelled appointments and most importantly make your clients happier. A service based industry should always count it as a plus when the clients register their satisfaction. They will be very willing to use your service again. An excellent online medical office receptionist can do even more and will sure be an asset to your business. There are many remote receptionist service providers but few can actually deliver what you would really want.

Therefore, do some thorough background research and find a good 24 hours a day, 7 days a week medical reception service provider for your business. It will proof to be the thing you have always wanted. You will always look forward to a new working day!

This Medical Front Desk Receptionist Never Leaves the Office

November 21st, 2008

Every medical office strives to have the most competent and capable front desk receptionist personnel possible but humans being human we have failings that will sometimes effect our employment. We are not always operating at 100% efficiency. As an employer we must give a certain amount of latitude to our staff and excuse “off days” when they occur. When the problems are a result of the medical practice itself not offering proper support to existing staff then a problem exists that must be resolved.

Medical front desk receptionists are under the gun in a stressful environment daily and having proper back up is imperative for the smooth running of your operation and the mental health of your employee. Automated assistance may be just what the doctor ordered to relieve the stress for your medical receptionist. When your medical receptionist is busy talking to patients at the front desk, answering phone lines, scheduling appointments in person or over the phone, and generally looking after a potentially packed waiting room full of patients, help should be available to them.

Automated medical front desk receptionist systems are being used now more than ever with an aging population and multicultural patients requiring medical services more frequently, your medical front desk personnel will have an ally they can count on when the going gets tough. Answering phones, scheduling appointments, making appointment reminder calls and after hour back up assistance are all available in a professional and customizable software technology that is extremely simple to own and operate.

Imagine the benefits of knowing you will never miss an important call because your back up medical front desk receptionist is on duty supporting your human medical receptionist when things begin to get frantic. As a medical practitioner you are busy treating your patients and necessarily so, but you must take an objective look at the operation of your practice and make decisions that could affect the overall fitness of your business.

By testing and introducing medical office assistant software, you are making a sensible decision that will bode well for your office efficiency and the general well-being of your other employees. They will be reenergized by the fact you recognize their plight on a daily basis and appreciate the fact you took the lead in choosing to move forward with a solution to the challenges they face.

Could you count on your current medical front desk receptionist to come to you with a complaint about being overworked and stressed out? Not many employees would have the nerve to make such a suggestion and would rather fall on their sword than suggest a solution that will cost you money. As a business owner AND a medical professional you have an obligation to your staff to observe their performance and commit to solutions to enhance office profitability and proficiency.

Being a capable medical front desk receptionist requires a skill set that not everyone has. It may appear to be a simple job but it is challenging, and one that requires oversight and back up that can be counted on.

What Can a Virtual Medical Office Receptionist Do For Your Practice?

November 13th, 2008

A virtual medical office receptionist can be a virtual money saver for the physician’s and healthcare providers. It will be a virtual timesaver for patients and medical staff. With this type of system you have a 24/7 medical receptionist at your service for a minimal cost compared to having a live agent answering your calls, setting appointments and doing reminder calls.

The automated medical office receptionist software is designed to be a backup to the medical front desk receptionist. It will not interfere with or affect the routine of the staff doing this task. It is created and designed to answer calls only when the person calling your office can’t get an immediate answer. This enables the automated health care receptionist to handle calls when the regular medical receptionist is away from the desk or after-hours.

Virtual medical receptionist systems that are web-based are the best choice due to the fact there is no hardware to maintain and no complicated software to install. These types of services that are fee based are cost effective and can have all of the advantages of a hiring a medical receptionist without the expense or having to train someone.

An online scheduler can be a time-saving tool for both medical staff and the patients. This software is customizable and can be used by traditional physicians and other healthcare professionals including chiropractors, psychologists, and massage services or all types of spa treatments. Automated online appointment scheduling allows a patient or client to set appointments by interacting with the voice recognition software and using user friendly interfaces.

Systems which have high tech innovative features will also include automated appointment reminder software. Using this type of system can decrease the amount of no-shows which will affect your bottom-line. It will also decrease the time that the front desk medical receptionist has to spend trying to reschedule missed appointments. The extra time this software saves the staff can be used to increase overall patient satisfaction. It allows more time to do spend with the actual patients and not on the phone.

The high-tech automated reminder programs have features that will relay messages in several languages. The software is customizable so the physician or healthcare provider can set options to the specific needs of their patients. Some services offer features which gives you the option to relay personalized messages that are put into the system.

By using a virtual medical receptionist you would have a system which would handle online appointment scheduling, appointment reminder calls and be a phone answering service all-in-one package. This would reduce cost and time spent interviewing and training additional employees. The medical staff would spend less time on tedious and mundane tasks and be able to spend more quality time with patients.

Patient satisfaction would increase due to the fact they would have the option of scheduling appointments online and be able to reach the physician after-hours incase of an emergency. Overall this type of solution would lower over head costs and increase the bottom-line of the business.

Optimize Your Medical Practice with a Virtual Medical Receptionist

November 12th, 2008

What do most people do when they can’t get through to their doctor’s office to schedule an appointment? Or when they need to speak to the doctor right away but they’re put on eternal hold?

They hang up and call another doctor.

Sometimes getting through to the doctor’s office to schedule an appointment, or speak to a staff member can be very frustrating. The staff is backed up with work trying to file, process insurance claims, schedule appointments, and check patients in and out. It can be frustrating for the patient, and even a nightmare, if the patient’s call is urgent.

Many medical receptionists will tell you that they leave the office at the end of the day feeling mentally and physically exhausted. The front office staff can easily get pulled in many different directions throughout the day, and the demands of the field can leave them feeling overwhelmed, cranky, and unappreciated.

It is often said that the medical receptionist is the glue that binds a physician’s practice together. They are the ones that are responsible for keeping the office flowing and working like clockwork. But if the attitude of the receptionist fails due to being overworked, or understaffed, it can have a variety of affects on the practice, including the office coming to a stand-still.

There are a number of reasons for a breakdown in an office:

(1) The office is understaffed and the receptionist is overworked.

(2) There is a sudden overflow of workload. i.e. everything happens at the same time.

(3) Too many responsibilities put on one person.

If the workload is dispersed evenly, the medical receptionist will be more apt to get the things done she needs to, to keep the office functioning at its optimum level where patients will get the attention they need and deserve, and the doctor will be able to dedicate his time to patient care. That is where a virtual medical receptionist comes in. An automated receptionist can do what most receptionist do: She can take calls and make appointments, and give appointment reminder calls. For the patient, they always are able to get hold of someone. Even if the office staff is busy, the virtual receptionist will answer the call and either take your appointment or connect you to the right person.

For a busy medical practice, a virtual receptionist will keep the office running smoothly, stepping in when everyone else’s hands are tied. Furthermore; she is never rude, curt, or in a rush. She will handle the situation with efficiency and will make running a medical practice of any sorts, easier, and with less stress for everyone.

Physician will soon see a virtual receptionist the best employee they ever hired; A virtual receptionist works 24/7, cost a fraction of minimal wages, will never take sick leave, requires no on the job training.

A medical assistant will find benefits from her help too; virtual medical receptionist means no more interruptions for non-emergency calls. She will get the calls to the right person all while the medical assistant is able to keep up with her responsibilities in patient care.

The virtual medical secretary is a cost effective way to enhance your office and give it the efficiency of having more staff, without having the extra staffing costs. With its easy set-up, and low set-up fees, can your practice afford not to have one?

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