Archive for the tag 'office automation'

Easy Clinic Management by Office Automation!

Dr. Maulik July 24th, 2010

If you think that managing the health care center is quite a difficult task, you are absolutely right there! Managing the medical center requires multiple skills that include arranging the patients’ schedules without any time overlapping, calling them and informing them about their visits (also regimen, dietary suggestions etc) and top of all, answering the patients’ calls without getting frustrated.

As the luck would have it, there are many software tools that help in managing the medical center effectively. Nevertheless, choosing the best one is the key to success. Typical online patient appointment scheduling system would have several features that you require in a day-to-day health center management. The system not only helps in management and generating revenues but surprisingly some of the features save the clinic from financial loss. Let us learn how this tool is helpful in automating medical office…

Online Doctor Appointment Scheduler

ODAS works as medical virtual receptionist wherein it fixes the appointments as sought by the patients. Simply put, the patients can directly log into the system and book their appointments. A two-way Google Sync feature would directly send the data to web that is accessible using iPhone like hand-held devices. You, being the health care provider, can manage and reschedule the patients’ appointments according to you plan.

Patient Reminder

Reminding patients could be a challenging task, especially when the number of patients is significant. The human medical desk receptionist may forget to have a follow up and inform the patients about their due visits, body tests or any important information to be conveyed. ODAS can also work as patient reminder system that can do things for sure!

Medical Answering System

During some events, where great flow of patients is expected (such as free medical camp), answering the phone calls throughout the day becomes difficult task for human medical receptionist. Online patient appointment system can do this job in quite a better way. It can answer any number of calls (no matter one or more patients calling at a time) without getting tired!

You can take clinic management as duck takes to water since medical answering cum online patient appointment system comes with multiple features such as multiple languages (setting different languages to communicate foreign patients) and prepaid appointment (that saves revenue loss because of no-show cause patients) etc.

Save Time and Money, Use Online Medical Management System

Dr. Maulik July 8th, 2010

When your health care center is as busy as GrandStation, there are a few, if not many, chances that the medical front office executive staff fails in managing the patients’ flow. Simplest example for this mismanagement is time overlapping when the appointments are allotted to the patients. Also, the patients may complain about getting busy telephonic tone for quite a long duration. On the other hand, the staff is incapable handling many calls at a time and hence, cannot satisfy all customers calling at health care center.

The solution for these hurries and worries is Automated Medical Management System which is popular as Online Patient Appointment Scheduler. Using Online Patient Appointment Scheduling system, you can not only manage the appointments as asked by patients but can also use the system in many ways.

Let us learn how Online Patient Appointment Scheduling System helps in overall medical office management…

Online Doctor (Patient) Appointment Scheduling System allows the patients to directly log on to the system and book their appointments without calling the human medical front desk executive. Advanced feature called Google Sync transfers the entire data (schedules) to the Google Calendar, which is accessible using hand-held devices such as Blackberry, HTC phone, Smartphone and iPhone. Furthermore, a 2-way sync allows the user to manipulate (reschedule or cancel) the appointment without contacting health care center. This is a kind of having clinic management in hand wherever you go!!!

Specially designed appointment system can also work as medical answering system. It can answer patients’ calls the way doctor wants. Also, the doctor can feed the answers according to her/his expertise. No matter many patients calling at same time, no one of them would get busy tone!

Medical answering system can also work as patient reminder wherein the system automatically calls the patients and notify them about their due visits. The doctor can build a rapport as patient would feel being personally cared. They can be informed about their dietary chart and any regimen too.

A prepaid option in appointment schedule can reduce the chances of losing the money in case of no-show patients as it asks for the consultation fees before patient arrive to the center to see doctor.

All-in-all, a web-based appointment scheduling system is worth to turn medical office automated for taking it to a skyrocketing growth.

Avoid Free Schedulers – Get One With Complete Features

Richard Lango June 8th, 2010

If you have a clinic and are looking for a suitable online scheduler, one thing is certain: you will get numerous options. This, however, does not necessarily mean that you will have an easy time in making the right choice. You will find both free and paid online appointment schedulers. As attractive as the offer may appear, you should avoid the free schedulers.

There are many important factors why you need to keep away from the free schedulers. Let us take a look at just two reasons that will show you the free offers are not the best option.

They are not really free

When you sign up for a free scheduler, you will believe that it is really free in the beginning simply because you will not fork out anything from your pocket. However, this is misleading. Have you ever asked yourself how the owners maintain the services?

Perhaps you have read – or you will read – that they have other means of generating money, so they are simply being generous. This is a lot of hot air. First of all, advertising the free online schedulers takes time and money. Why would they do this?

The real reason is that it is from these apparently free web-based doctor appointment services that they generate their revenue. They will simply sell your data. This is a serious violation of patient privacy that you will need to answer for in a court of law. It will also be a violation of the HIPAA. Even if your run a small business where privacy is not as sensitive as for medical practice,  using a “free” scheduler will eventually cost your business relationship with the customers; they are likely to be scared away as soon as they realized that their phone, address, and email are being used without their consent.

Lack of suitable features

The free online appointment schedulers will also cost your business in other ways. You will get very limited features that do not leave you with many options. For example, a good self-service patient appointment scheduling program will give your patients the flexibility to make their appointments independently while you still have control over what goes on. The patients will do this in a variety of ways depending on their personal tastes.

Telephone service will be of help to many people, particularly the elderly. The online option will be a good option for the tech savvy individuals. SMS service gives you the opportunity to reach people wherever they may be, which is a good option for busy people who move frequently.

Another important factor is that a suitable online scheduler will include a reminder service. This alone is enough to pay for your subscription. Avoiding just one patient no-show per month suffices to cater for your subscription.

Your patients complaint? The Solution is Online Appointment Scheduler

Dr. Maulik May 14th, 2010

If you, as a doctor or medical director, believe in perfection and hate complaints, a storm passes when customers (here, the patients) complain about staff’s incapability to answer their phone calls or to help them. Simply put, you just cannot take the medical management loosely done by others. As one step toward a better office service to patients, you need to use online appointment scheduler that would bag appreciations from the patients rather than annoying complaints.

The management of medical office is complex and never simple. This is because the whole staff including you deals with patients and their lives. Any apathy or loosely managed patient may suffer from unwanted consequences and top of that, you lose patient, revenue and most importantly the reputation. Mismanaged health care center, no doubt, soon gets shut down irrespective of doctor’s perfection on his or her field.

As the luck would have it, you can now find a improvement for all the hassles you face managing medical center. Online appointment scheduler can wisely manage all the tasks at your clinic without any assistance. In this way, you can save manpower and also reduce your expenses in paying off the salaries to extra staff you require.

Some unique features of online appointment scheduling system includes…

 

  1. Advanced doctor appointment scheduler comes with feature of synchronizing with Google Calendar. This sends data to handheld devices such as Smartphone, iPhone and Blackberry. A two-way synchronization enables you to reschedule or even cancel the appointment according to your plan for coming days.
  2. A feature called prepaid appointment scheduling allows patients to book their appointments by paying the fees of consultation in advance. In this way, no-show cause patients who do not turn at given time can be reduced. The revenue loss is prevented and you see patients who are serious about their schedule and actually need consultation.
  3. It can also be used as medical answering system. It automatically picks up the patients’ calls and answers them politely, in a lovely friendly voice. Some advance systems have multilingual (multiple language) options such as French, English, Spanish and Chinese. This helps in tackling foreigners as patients.
  4. Medical answering system can also be set as patient reminding service. This automatically calls patients and informs them about their forthcoming appointments, any body tests to be carried out etc. Also, the health care provider can set his/her own messages according to their expertise and requirement.

Virtual Medical Office Receptionist With the Latest Technology

Richard Lango May 9th, 2010

If your medical practice forces you to multi-task, whereby you hardly get any free time, it is time to consider a good medical practice management solution. Do you find yourself being interrupted by calls that are not urgent at all? Do you find yourself spending a lot of time in repetitive tasks that make your routine rather boring? Do you or your staff members have to call the patients to remind them about their appointments?

When you set up a virtual receptionist, you will get rid of all of these problems and many others. If you want to get the best out of your investment, you should go for a virtual medical office receptionist that makes use of the latest technology.

Apart from the fact that your virtual receptionist will ensure that you serve every patient at any time, your office automation will also work in a way that satisfies the patients. For instance, with the use of advanced speech recognition software, your virtual medical office receptionist will communicate with the patients using natural language dialog. The software will understand what the patients are saying well and respond in an equally pleasant natural voice that make the interractions fulfilling. The back-up receptionist is also intelligent enough to differentiate between emergency calls and non-emergency ones and forward them accordingly.

Such an effective office automation will ensure that your clinic benefits from 24/7 medical reception, which means that your office will never be out of reach. At the same, you will not have to worry about maintenance since you will not install any software or hardware in your office.

The use of the latest technology will also ensure that you get the details of your virtual receptionist in real time irrespective of your location. This is possible because you will be able to access your records in a variety of ways using different devices. For example, you will synchronize your data with your Google calendar and hence access them wherever there is internet access. You can also use such devices as blackberry to access your details. And that is not all. Even without an Internet connection, you can still access your details through the use of a simple cell phone that has sms capability – and literally all modern cell phones do that.

The use of the latest techology in your office automation will make your medical practice more streamlined, which will boost your revenue.

Standardize Your Healthcare Center using Web Appointment Scheduler

Dr. Maulik April 25th, 2010

If you think of an automation of your medical office, you have to be careful before getting any of such system available on the market. Let us look at some important features that online patient appointment scheduler should have:-

  1. The most important thing you need in medical software is it should be HIPAA compliant that assures the security of patients’ information.
  2. Medical management system must have unique features that enables the system to work on multiple tasks such as it can be used as medical answering system and can also be switched on to patient reminder system as and when required.
  3. The system of medical answering should also have features such as setting for multilingual options wherein patients can interact in their own languages such as French, Chinese, and Spanish etc. Furthermore, the system can be tailored according to doctor’s expertise.
  4. Online appointment scheduler should be accessible anywhere, anytime. For this, the feature of Google Calendar Synchronization is very useful. It sets up patients’ appointments with calendar and sends it across handheld devices such as Blackberry, Smartphone and Iphone. A two-way synchronization enables the health care provider to reschedule or alter appointments.

The best feature of online appointment scheduler is prepaid appointment scheduling. The major factor that contributes to medical center’s revenue loss is a ‘no-show’ patient. The patients do not appear for the appointment provided on phone and that makes the clinic to suffer. Prepaid patient appointment scheduler is system by which the patients are to pay for the consultation, in advance. This ensures patients’ presence at the time allotted and lessens the chances of revenue loss.

Medical answering service can be used where high call volum from patients are expected. An event such as free medical camp requires robust system that can tackle many calls at a time, which is quite a difficult task for medical front office executives. Medical answering service can answer calls at a time without getting the caller a busy tone. This way, the accessibility of health care center is increased and expected footfalls to the center increase.

Points to Consider While Choosing a Medical Answering Service for Your Office

Dr. Maulik March 27th, 2010

When there is no one at your front desk or your clinic is closed who takes your important calls? If the answer is no one then it is high time you have a good medical answering system in place so that when a patient calls he/she finds someone who can fix an appointment without any unnecessary delay.

A back-up receptionist will make sure that your patients get desired attention when your staff or you are not available to answer their calls.

You must keep in mind some points while choosing your answering machine.

Friendly voice

Most patients will hang up on hearing a cold answering machine with an unclear voice. So, when you choose your virtual receptionist, make sure that you choose one who is pleasant to here and can provide the caller with a human touch even in the absence of one.

Interactive

If your answering machine needs to take the place of a ‘virtual receptionist’ then it has to be interactive. Most answering machines just have a recorded monologue. You can go for a Patient reminder service which comes clubbed with an answering machine with the capability of voice detection so that the calls can be redirected to required lines by the responses of the caller, without him having to press different numeric keys.

Handling Multiple Calls

A good backup service will have the ability to handle multiple calls at a time so that your patients are never put on hold! Due to such an efficient service it can have an advantage over the live receptionist. The emergency calls will be transferred speedily and without human error. Moreover, a backup receptionist should be one which can work for you 24/7 without fatigue. This will help you tremendously in slashing your patient no-shows so that you can get most out of your business.

Dependability

If you choose to set up an automated office, you should make sure that the system is reliable and error free. You should not need to spend money on its maintenance again and again. A virtual receptionist must be able to do its job consistently so that you are stress-free and can be sure that no patient call is missed. An automated medical answering service and an appointment manager will not only accomplish the job of your front desk receptionist with ease but will also be able to remind the patients of their fixed appointments via e-mail, SMS, or follow-up calls. Important tasks such as patient care and medical billing can keep your staff busy while your virtual receptionist takes care of your appointments!

Automate Your Office with a Doctor Appointment Scheduler

Dr. Maulik January 13th, 2010

If you are not using a doctor appointment scheduler it’s high time that you think about using a modern scheduler seriously. Medical software for online appointment schedule is playing a key role in the doctor’s clinic these days. It creates a win-win situation for both the doctors as well as patients. Doctors are now able to utilize technology to focus more on their primary functions and increase their productivity. On the other hand, patients are getting better medical care. A doctor appointment scheduler has a direct impact on the revenues as well as high level of customer loyalty.

A lot of doctors are resistant in trying out an online doctor appointment scheduler. This is primarily because of the initial costs, licensing fees as well as due to the doubts of how is it going to impact their practice. All the good doctor appointment schedulers are available in various pricing models. It does not matter whether your have a small business or a large setup, you can always be sure of finding the right pricing model that will suit your needs. Hence, there is no need to be concerned about the fees and the licensing costs. Some good online appointment schedulers requires no contract, and will offers a free one-month trial through which you can see how these software can impact your business.

There are a lot of conservative doctors who do not believe in using technology. They believe that they are better off with manually managing the appointments. But, managing appointments in this way has proven to be very inefficient. It can also not scale beyond certain limit and ultimately the service to your patients will suffer. At some point or the other technology will be needed to break those limitations.

A medical software for online appointment schedule comes with a lot of other features as well. It can initiate telephone reminder calls and email reminder message to patients before their scheduled appointments. These can substantially lower no shows. It can sync up your appointments with Google calendar and gives you access to your appointments from anywhere using your handheld devices.

At a fraction of the cost of a live agent, a state-of-art scheduler can also come with virtual receptionists that are very efficient in managing incoming calls. The virtual receptionists works 24/7 and takes calls only when your staff is either busy or the clinic is closed. It can handle multiple calls and your patients will never get your phone busy. It helps your staff to focus on the more important tasks like medical billing and patient care.

By googling around, you’ll be able to find a modern scheduler that is fit for your practice. Look for something that is very easy to use, flexible, stable and customizable. Don’t be intimidated just because it is new to you, as all you need to do is ring up for a trial version of the software and have it work with your present system.

Next »