Martin Wright June 20th, 2009
Like any other business, first impressions matter a great deal in the medical private practice. Patients and clients of private medical clinics, chiropractors, dentists and spas judge the entire practice and the quality of the services offered there by the reception they receive when they make their first contact with the practice.
You’ve probably heard of patients who have vowed never to seek services from even under the best medical practice management because of the reception they received at the medical front desk or on the phone while making an appointment. Thus it become important for professionals in the medical field who are in private practice to ensure that they get the best front desk helper that technology offers; A virtual medical receptionist.
Medical Practice management, in this modern society, is often about manage time involved in complete a service. People appreciate efficiency in everything because in most cases it will save their time. Anyone who has walked into a busy medical practice reception will agree that a front desk medical receptionist’s job can be overwhelming. There are old and new patients calling to make enquiries, patients waiting in the reception for assistance and loads of paper work. It is no wonder that a good receptionist buckling under the load of paper work and trying to assist patients on the phone and in the reception may become frustrated and rude. A virtual medical receptionist would be a relief to your regular receptionist.
The virtual medical receptionist will handle all incoming calls when your regular receptionist is busy with other office matters. The virtual receptionist will answer all new and old patient queries and help register new patients. The virtual receptionist also comes with online patient appointment scheduling software. Your regular receptionist will appreciate the reduced paperwork as patients will now fill online forms with the assistance of the online appointment scheduler.
The changes in your medical practice will be noticeable. With the virtual medical receptionist on, your regular front desk staff can attend to patients in the reception area without worrying about the phone ringing. If the phone call is an emergency call or if the virtual medical receptionist cannot handle the phone call satisfactorily, the call is forwarded to one of the staff or you.
Patients and other clients who visit your practice will be impressed by the efficiency of the front desk services offered at your practice. There will be less chances of your regular receptionist being rude to or ignoring your patients in the reception or on the phone. The first impression your clients will get of your practice is efficiency and they will be glad to return to your practice for further medical assistance.
The virtual medical receptionist is a rather new tool for medical practice management and some practitioners fear that patients will not want to be assisted by a machine and would rather have the assistance of a real person. This is not entirely true. Patients will appreciate the efficiency and ease of scheduling appointments online from anywhere and at anytime. The virtual medical receptionist is also designed to sound as human like as possible.