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Modern medical answering service – take more out of it

December 26th, 2009

Medical answering service is usually a call center or a automated system that picks up patients’ calls automatically. The calls should be answered as per health care provider’s instructions and expertise. i.e. contact doctors for emergency, dispatch a patient message, etc…

A modern state of art patient answering systems stands out in its class with multiple modern features and benefits. For instance, a specially designed patient answering system can also be used as patient reminder call system as well as online appointment scheduler.

Automated medical answering service has been made to be much more dependable, friendly and efficient compare to live agents. Because it is equipped with automated appointment reminder function, the system will very effectively slashes the patient no-shows and reverses the revenue loss.

An automated virtual receptionist will serve your patients or customers call 24/7 – there is no weekly off and the automated virtual receptionist never gets sick! The health care center with virtual receptionist is therefore accessible after office-hours. Because a virtual receptionist is designed to handle multiple calls at the same time, your patients will not get busy tone and are never kept on hold when you have automated virtual receptionist.

A modern virtual receptionist system can auto-connect a HIPAA compliant online patient appointment. Reminder calls from the virtual receptionist can be made multilingual (with language optionis such as Chinese, French, Spanish and English), creating very favorable impression of your medical practice if you patients are non-native English speakers. 

If you are often away from your office, you should look for one of those online patient appointment schedulers that  can synchronize patient appointment information to Google Calendar automatically. This feature allows doctors to check their appointments on cell phones using single-word command SMS or text messages.

When two-ways sync with Google Calendar is provided by your modern scheduling system you can manage, reschedule your own appointments from your handhelp device such as Blackberry, iphone and smartphone. 

A state-of-art virtual receptionist and online scheduler system must be flexible to allow customization per doctors expertise and specialty. Also, doctors should be able to feed answering machine in their own way and use it as and when required. Because such system is web-based, you will not need software/hardware (or zero maintenance)  in office. Once your medical office is automated with virtual receptionist that connect online patient appointment scheduler cum automated patient telephone reminder, you can breathe easy and focus your human staff on more important tasks such as patient care and medical billing. By the end of the day, happier patients and more accurate medical billing  will improve your business bottom line.

 

Online scheduler –an automated system for patient appointments

November 10th, 2009

Have you ever wonder how to tackle hundreds of patients’ call at a time without recruiting dozens of front office receptionists? The condition that may make things more thinkable is none of those calls should come busy i.e. the patients should never get a busy-tone! Well, all this is possible with a single wise step –installing an online scheduler, an automated system for fixing patients’ appointments.

Online patient scheduler is a system that fixes appointments that the patient books. Advanced version of online patient scheduler also synchronizes the data with Google Calendar that can be directly viewed on handheld devices such as iPhone, SmartPhone and BlackBerry. This has been proven to be very helpful for the health care providers who are away from their centers but still want to keep an eye on their schedules. No matter whether the task is to be performed during or after the office hours -as all this comes with a 24/7 service!

The best part of online appointment scheduler system is it can perform multiple tasks that even a virtual human receptionist cannot. Apart from fixing the schedules, the system can be fed with tailored answers and can be played as and when required. In this way, it turns an answering machine with a sweet voice that a caller would love to hear. In addition, the software can also perform the tasks of patient reminding by making calls automatically. Patient reminder service can call the patients and remind them about their forthcoming appointments with doctors or a formal visit to the health care center. The system can also be rescheduled to make important follow ups. Its multi-language options (such as Spanish, English, and French etc) make it easy for the doctors to tackle customers who are foreigners.

There are many firms and companies that provide the system free of cost –i.e. no installation charges. The system that can work as online scheduler, answering machine and patients’ follow ups can boost the sales and betters the revenue. An ideal for health care centers, online appointment scheduler is a no-nonsense way to tackle patients without having any hassles. The software is designed in a user friendly way that is quite easy to operate and it does not require any hi-fi configuration at office system.

My Experiments with Online Scheduler

November 4th, 2009

I am a health care provider and know what difficulties we, the doctors, face running our medical clinics! The things may sound easier before they come right in front of you! This is the truth and will remain unless you upgrade your entire setup i.e. automating the office. The automation comes in many ways but one of the most important among all is office automation using online scheduler that helps tackling patients’ flow.

I was invited by my doctor friend who had just installed virtual receptionist i.e. a system that works on a multiple tasks like automated patient reminding, answering patients’ calls and fixing online appointments. I was bit surprised when he said that this is possible and you do not need to pay anything for installing as the installation for online scheduler cum patient reminder service is absolutely free. Furthermore, this 24/7 medical office automated assistant is designed to be HIPPA compliant that come with strict security and privacy protections.

I understood that appointment reminder cum answering system comes with a lot of benefits that is much required for a smooth medical management. Right from appointment reminder to making medical follow up calls to the patients after doctor’s appointment and fixing up appointments online to answering patients’ calls; everything is possible by installing medical software that works as virtual medical assistant.

Unlike human medical assistant, sitting as front office executive, the online scheduler system does not keep your potential customers busy on the call whenever they dial the health care center. The best benefit among all for automated patient reminder service is it works round the clock without any interruption and hence, the customers can contact the health center anytime they want. In this way, the clinic or the center is accessible all the day and this, in turn, may increase the sales and revenue. The good thing is even during after-hours; answering machine takes care of all the calls come.

In this world of cutthroat competition, when the growth is dependent on the availability, quality of service and hospitality, installing medical management software will certainly prove as a wise step.

Is it worth installing a 24/7 answering machine cum patient reminder system?

November 4th, 2009

In this era of electronic revolution, everything has gone computerized in order that makes the management information easier and better than ever before. Till a few years back, computers just managed to take place in accounts and sending/receiving information but today, with latest and hi-tech software system in hand, we can certainly manage things in more effective and efficient way.

24/7 answering machine is nothing but a system that picks up the calls and answers what is appropriate. Especially in the field of health care management, it has become a mandatory tool. The health care providers can simply install automated online scheduler that works as virtual receptionists and performs multiple tasks. However, many doctors and health experts feel being in dilemma that is it worth installing a 24/7 answering machine cum patient reminder system?

To understand this, let us look at some important points that make online medical management system a must have thing:-

  • Since the system is automated, the doctors do not have to depend on human medical assistance. There are no excuses about the apathies as before.
  • The health care center is accessible even during off-hours (that is after the office timings)
  • It is a 24/7 online medical assistant and hence, more reliable than the humans
  • The customers never get a busy call and are answered instantly
  • Online appointment scheduler comes with foreign language settings for a better communication with foreign patients
  • Medical clinic management is smooth and free from hurries and worries, doctors can simply install and take rest
  • The system can synchronize appointment information directly on Google Calendar so it is accessible on handheld devices such as iPhone, BlackBerry and SmartPhone.

Automated online patient scheduler can also remind patients about their forthcoming appointments and visits to the clinic. The best part about automated answering system is the doctor can feed the answers as per his or her requirements. The answers can be played or tailored according to the wish. Also, doctors can feed their specialization and manually manage the system as per their expertise.

Turning office automated using online answering and online patient reminding service is certainly worth for a better service and growth. In a long-run, doctors can cut the cost of recruiting numbers of virtual receptionists as the system itself can perform multiple tasks.

Tired of Front Office Management at Your Clinic? Think About Automated Answering System

October 26th, 2009

You really feel frustrated when come across ‘never heard’ reasons from reception managing people when you get a complaint from your patient that they were not assisted when required! It actually becomes very difficult as you cannot virtually present in your clinic or health care centre all time, throughout the day! The things may become worst when it comes to assist, fix up an appointment or answer patients when they call during night hours, off the clinic hours!

With betterment and advancement in technology, you can now make your office automated! The automation is also the best solution for a smooth clinic management. The product called online appointment scheduler can solve all the worries that you have come across. Virtual medical assistant comes with software to be installed in your health care centre in order to tackle every patient’s call. This is a 24/7 online answering medical service that keeps your medical reception activities alive, all the time!

Whether you want to feed your own answers and want to play then as and when required or if you have planned to make reminder calls to all the patients who are potential customers about their forthcoming schedules of meeting and consulting you or just visiting the health care center for some general purpose; online medical answering automated system can get into all!

Automated medical assistant can be used as online appointment scheduler to fix up an appointment automatically, answering machine to answer patients’ calls anytime and also as patient reminder automatic service that calls up potential customers about their coming schedules at your clinic. The benefits that come with such office automation are it is round-the-clock service and never keeps your patient away from clinic assistance. Patients can call and get help from your front desk any time they want. Also, such medical answering service comes with multilingual option to tackle foreigners for a better communication.

Online patient reminder service can also be set into multilingual answering machine in case the staff at your front desk finds it difficult to communicate. Also, such online scheduler comes with very affordable price and in a long-run; it is really worth installing and making your medical office automated. More and more health care centers are now installing 24/7 virtual medical assistant for a smooth and hassle-free medical clinic management.

Virtual Medical Assistant –A Real Companion in Your Medical Practice

October 26th, 2009

There are many chances that the partner you choose for your business may dupe you and get away with your all efforts that you made to make your business successful. But have you ever come across any event where your real companion, virtual medical assistant left you halfway! Yes! We are talking about virtual medical assistant that is computerized automated answering machine that can also be tuned as 24/7 online scheduler.

Web based appointment system can make your medical practice much efficient than ever before because it comes with multiple functions as you can set it as per your medical expertise and also can record the answer or reply you want. The voice such automated answering machine has is very beautiful, polite and lovely that every caller will appreciate. The best thing come with appointment scheduler is that you can also fix it as an appointment reminder that keeps calling patients, your valuable customers and keep them updated with their forthcoming appointments to see you or to visit your health care centre.

Virtual medical assistant is a real companion in your medical practice because it has no or minimal error in fixing up patients’ schedules for getting doctors’ appointments. In addition, the service available here is 24X7 so that you do not miss any important calls off the clinic hours that would make patients happier as they can contact health care centre anytime they want. Other benefit that comes with medical automated answering machine is it does not keep any patient on hold and there will not be any frustrating busy tone that otherwise can annoy every caller.

If you have foreign clients who speak different language than your human medical assistant does, you find it no difficult tackling them! Appointment reminder or patient appointment automated scheduler comes with different language options (multilingual option) that include major languages such as French, Spanish etc. This, in turn, helps in building a classic rapport with foreign patients and they do not feel any communication gap talking to your virtual medical automated answering system.

Fixing up multilanguage virtual automated patient scheduling system makes the entire clinic management smoother than ever before. Top of all, it is quite affordable and in a long-run, it is profit making.

Online Medical Office Assistant Technology Is a Great Business Solution

April 19th, 2009


Are you considering using an All-in-One virtual receptionist for your medical practice? Is it a good time now to consider your overall technology needs within your medical practice?  If you feel your own medical office is out of step with technology, what should be done to improve your office efficiency?

Online an All-in-One virtual office assistant offers numerous features that will certainly elevate your practice into the 21st century as far as your telecommunications are concerned; At a fraction of the live agent cost, you can expect an virtual receptionist to performe most of your medical front desk tasks. To name a few; making patient reminder call, dispatch emergency call and believe or not, talking to patients in natural language and set appointment for them. 

There are vendors of software designed specifically for the medical community and as you are upgrading to an online medical office assistant service you should investigate other forms of technology to improve upon office organization and performance. If ever there were a business practice that lived up to the motto “time is money” it would be the medical field. Better use of time through technology means your staff will be operating at peak performance.

There is no better time to take the final step into a computer literate environment for your office then when you are in the process of introducing a virtual receptionist. Your staff will be excited by the new technology and if they are even somewhat literate with computers and certain software applications such as windows OS’s or other basic programs, they will adjust to new software applications you introduce at once with your remote reception service.

Once you start to investigate various technologies for your medical practice, someone within the office should be responsible for keeping up to date with these programs and upgrades. They would act as your in-house IT go to person if there were operation questions, quick fixes required etc. It might even be prudent to send one of your trusted employees or even yourself for classroom training to become current with new technology and Internet based software applications in general.

The thing about computer technology and becoming accomplished with it is it takes a basic understanding of how computers work and some fundamentals of software applications – web based and off the shelf. The more you work with it the more comfortable you will become. Before you know it, your staff will not only be enjoying their lightened workload due to the new virtual medical office assistant online but they will also develop into skilful medical software virtuosos!

Virtual Medical Answering Service – Pay per Call or Flat Fee ?

April 18th, 2009

When it comes to medical answering there are many services out there to choose from. But what narrows your search is the ability to stay out of long-term contracts, and be in charge of how you would like to be invoiced. It is important to know what is available before you jump into a service package with a vendor. Once again do your homework, shop around (Search google using on “medical answering” and you will find everything on the Internet), and ask copious amounts of questions of the vendor.

The first question you should ask yourself when choosing medical answering service is what you intend to use it for? Will it be mainly used as a back up or will it be your main front desk receptionist for answering the phone? Are you intending to use it as an after hours appointment scheduler , or will it be used for callbacks and reminders or other functions? This then brings into question how feature rich do you want your package to be?

The more features you purchase the better your overall price will be relative to a basic package with limited options. This will also mean you could probably negotiate for more flexibility when it comes to invoicing. Do not be afraid to ask for what you want in a package, technical support, and billing options. If you shop around and get competitive pricing perhaps you can use those prices to leverage a better deal from your medical answering vendor of choice.

Although purchasing an online virtual medical answering service may not be the largest expenditure your business will ever make but it could well be the most important one. This means you should not jump at the first service that impresses you. Watch the demonstrations and take advantage of the free trial offers, which are generally for 30 days each. DO NOT be afraid to say no if you are not satisfied after the trial ends. Make a call and try a different package.

Pay per call medical answering packages are probably a wise choice for after hours use because the number of after hour calls will in all likelihood be fewer than what you will receive during regular office hours. You can purchase a package with numerous features sufficient for after hours use and pay [depending on the vendor] $50.00 per month. This will include 50 calls, and if you average ten after hours calls a day for 20 days @ $1.00 per call, that’s $150.00 per month extra for paid calls with an excellent medical answering service package.

Flat fee monthly pricing is more cost effective if you are going to be using your virtual medical answering service more often throughout the regular workday. Regular hours use could include back up phone duties, reminder calls, sick days or vacation leave. Perhaps you would like to transfer one of your employees permanently to other more important office tasks, let the virtual answering service be your new office workhorse. An all-inclusive monthly flat fee on a premium package works for these scenarios.

Whatever your reasons for using your new virtual medical answering service, calculate the number of phone calls on average during the time you will be using the service the most and which options you are likely to use more frequently, and base your choice on these factors.

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