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Medical Answering System –A multitasking medical management tool

Dr. Maulik June 22nd, 2010

Gadgets and software have changed our lives from complicated to simple! The task that involved a lot of calculations took too much time before to get done but with revolutionary computer machines, now we can perform it in seconds or minutes. For medical practice, medical answering system is the best example of cutting edge technology that helps not only in tackling patients but can also serve as medical virtual receptionist.

Medical virtual receptionist is far better than human medical front office executives as the former does not get tired or does not take decision driven by emotions! Also, it can get you 24/7 service without any hassles. The system with medical answering service comes with multilingual options wherein the health care provider can set languages (French, English (default), and Chinese etc) for better communication with foreigners as patients. Also, the system can be tuned and used as per doctor’s expertise.

When it comes to multitasking at medical office, specially designed medical answering system wins the race! It can be used as patient reminder tool wherein it can automatically call patients and inform them about their due visits to the center for various reasons such as body tests, follow-ups etc. Also, the patients can be reminded about their dietary plan and any regimen as suggested by doctors.

The best part of medical answering cum patient reminder system is its capability to serve as medical virtual front desk manager. It can book patients appointments without any human front desk staff’s interference. Called as online patient appointment scheduler, the system allows patients to book their appointments online (using web) from anywhere, anytime! Advanced online doctor appointment scheduling system can synchronize with Google Calendar that sends the entire schedule of patients to Google account automatically. You, as a user, can access the schedule from handheld devices such as Smartphone, iPhone or Blackberry. Furthermore, a two-way Google Calendar Synchronization allows you to reschedule the appointments without communicating with receptionist or staff at health care center. This feature of medical answering system is very useful for the medical practitioners who frequently travel out of their town.

All the benefits apart, medical answering cum online patient appointment scheduler can reduce the chances of loss of revenue to the center because of no-show cause patients (the ones who booked their appointments but never turned or turned late wasting needy patients’ time). An option called Prepaid patient scheduler asks for the consultation fees in advance and hence, patients are very likely to arrive on time.

Using patient reminder cum medical answering service is like hiring perfect manager for medical management.

Online Appointment Scheduler that Enables you Managing Clinic in Best Way

Dr. Maulik June 22nd, 2010

If you are not aware of what all tools are available on the market for better clinic (or medical office) management, it is high time to look into it and learn what you might have been missing since years! Specially designed online doctor appointment scheduler is a kind of virtual medical receptionist that not only tackles multiple tasks required in day-to-day medical office management, but can also help you generating more revenue without compromising the service quality.

In the field of medical practice, the management of scheduling the patients’ appointments, answering patients’ calls, reminding them about their diet and other regimens suggested by health care providers do matter to build good relationship. Online patient appointment scheduling software is the best way to deal with all things listed here.

Making medical office automated using online appointment scheduling system is useful to arrange the time allotted to patients to see the concerned health care provider. The patients can log in to the system and book their time slot according to their convenience without contacting the human medical front office executive. In this way, chances of miscommunication and time overlapping are reduced. A unique feature called Google Synchronization enables the user (you, as a doctor) to access the patients’ schedules online! The system synchronizes with Google Calendar and sends the data into your account that you can access using handheld devices such as Blackberry, iPhone and Smartphone. Also, a two-way synchronization allows you to reschedule the appointments as per your plan for the day or coming week.

Another features that come with virtual receptionist (online doctor appointment scheduling system) are its use as patient reminding system and medical answering tool. Setting the system as patient reminder can make you free from informing patients and reminding them about their diet, forthcoming visits to the clinic as it is done automatically by the system. Also, medical answering helps you to answer patients’ calls without any hassle. No caller would get busy tone in spite of all calling at the same time. You can also use multilingual function (setting it in different languages such as French, Chinese and Spanish etc).

Using Online Patient Appointment Scheduler cum Patient Reminder System is indeed a great step toward smooth and effective medical office management.

Carry and Manage Patient Schedule in Your Handheld Devices

Dr. Maulik April 18th, 2010

If you own a medical practice and are frequently on the run, away from your office, you could either miss your patients calls for appointment (i.e. if you do not have a receptionist) or getting patients appointments set on the wrong time for you. Many medical practitioner today are looking for a online appointment scheduler that can accomodate their mobility, something that allows them to manage their appointment without being at front desk or having to “remote-control”  their front desk receptionist.

Online patient appointment scheduler with an additional feature of synchronization enables you to access schedule on your handheld device. This is because web based appointment scheduler can directly fit appointments into Google Calendar that is accessible using iPhone, Smartphone and Blackberry from anywhere. The system would display appointments whenever you want to view, alter or reschedule.

Google calendar Services includes… 

  • Regular scheduled events
  • Public and shared Google calendar
  • Audible alert reminder
  • Tasks from MS Outlook
  • Notifications and event particulars
  • Various calendars

A two-way online appointment scheduler allows you to manage patients’ appointments especially when your plan has changed and your availability at health care center has to be notified. Furthermore, you can also set a timer so that the calendar would synchronize with handheld devices.

Specially designed patient online appointment scheduler allows user to view a complete list of compatible devices while signing up. Various software applications are also available to upgrade the number of personal information management software and also applications on desktop that the user want to synchronize.

The use of web based patient appointment scheduler has become a hot-cake as it not only smoothens managing patients’ appointments but can also be used as medical answering system and patient reminder wherein the system automatically answers calls and makes calls to patients informing about their forthcoming visits to clinic. Online appointment scheduler can also be tailored according to physician’s expertise and can be used as prepaid scheduler where patients can pay for the consultation in advance before appearing to clinic. No-show patients can easily taken care by prepaid scheduler preventing revenue loss.

Whether you travel frequently or you run short of the manpower, online appointment scheduler is the best tool available on the market to run your clinic errorless and smoothly.

Looking for a Manager for your Clinic? Try Patient Appointment Scheduler!

Dr. Maulik April 2nd, 2010

Due to staff’s apathy or incapability to tackle the flood of patients seeking appointments, you may think to appoint qualified manager that can tackle all such hassle and gives you smoother, better medical management. The idea is to retain old patients, make new ones and at the end of the day, generate good revenue without compromising the quality of service. Let us look at a unique system that can not only tackle appointments scheduling but can also do many tasks for bettering overall health care center management.

The system that can fix up patient appointments can also be used as virtual receptionist that can answer patients’ calls in a friendly way. Furthermore, doctors can feed their own answers according to their expertise. Additional features include its multilingual support that can be set as French, Spanish, and English etc. –this kind of support is useful in interacting with foreign patients.

Online patient appointment scheduler is proven to be very useful tool for physicians and surgeons who frequently travel as the system helps them to get schedule on their handheld devices. This is because the scheduler synchronizes the appointments with Google Calendar, which is accessible on handheld devices such as iPhone, Smartphone and Blackberry. Furthermore, online appointment scheduler can have prepaid appointment facility that helps in tackling no-show patients, one of the reasons for revenue loss for any clinic.

Office automation using online appointment scheduler can serve you as medical answering system too! Patient reminder is a special feature of the system to call and remind patients about their forthcoming visits to clinic and also regimens suggested by experts. Automated medical answering can take over the job of human medical front desk reducing the chances of errors and apathy.

In event such as medical camp, the center expects hundreds of calls from patients and it becomes unmanageable tasks by staff to answer each of them. Fixing answering system can tackle patients’ calls and the best feature of this software is let many patients call at a time, no patient would get busy boring tone that otherwise annoy patients.

Keeping online appointment scheduler as you manager is the best deal you can ever have for better and smoother health center management.

Realizing the Importance of Patient Reminder System

Dr. Maulik March 27th, 2010

The importance of follow-up calls cannot be neglected in a doctor’s profession. Many doctors are reluctant to give follow up calls as they worry about “bothering the patient” prospect. But, it is crucial to understand the need of having a patient reminder service which can take care of all the follow-ups so that you do not lose your precious patients.

In most cases, a series of appointments is required to treat a particular problem. So your job is not over after just one appointment. Due to negligence, a lot of patients don’t show up regularly and miss some of their appointments. This negligence proves harmful both to you and your patient. This happens because most of us have a busy lifestyle now-a-days. The reason for patients missing appointments is not because they do not want to show up but because they tend to forget. If you have a large client-base then you might also not be able to give regular need-based follow-up calls to all patients, thus there is a high probability that your appointment scheduling will be disorganized.

A patient reminder service acts as a virtual receptionist which can take care of all your patients without bothering you. Just provide the necessary instructions and it will take charge of all your scheduled appointments, so that your patients don’t forget to return for their routine check-ups. A modern day patient reminder service comes along with a doctor appointment scheduler, thus clubbing both to make it one of the most handy and convenient tools for doctors.

The online scheduler can act as medical software for online appointment scheduling by sending e-mails to your patients to remind them of their next appointment. But what if your client doesn’t check his/her email frequently? You need a service which can directly call the patient and fix the appointment, so that the chances of no-shows are decreased to a large extent.

Such a reminder service provides you flexibility to schedule your follow-up calls according to the requirement. They have a soothing voice of a receptionist and can make calls at different times of the day. Since, they are available 24/7 calls can be made at any time of the day. A virtual receptionist can tirelessly call a patient at regular intervals until she reaches the patient and minimize the chances of a no show. In lack of an automatic appointment reminder service the staff has to get into a lot of hassles and maintain some really messy paperwork

Regular follow-up reminder calls ensure that you do not lose your old client base while you focus on expanding it. The trend of having an online appointment scheduler is on rise now and every doctor that focuses on providing high quality service to their client should have it in their offices.

Choosing right type of patient reminder service

Dr. Maulik March 14th, 2010

In US, a single patient no-show will easily cost you more than $100USD  in business revenu. So it is not surprising that many doctors are out looking for a patient reminder service to slash no-show.

Are you looking for a patient reminder services and you are not sure about your choices? Let us look out for all the availabilities, their pros and cons to learn which one is best suitable for you.

You have many systems that inform the patients about their forthcoming consultations or visits to the clinic. Phone reminder, Email reminder, Text Message reminder are few of the most popular ways to notify the patients about their due visits. Patient reminder service is very important for doctors to tackle no-show patients and prevent revenue loss.

Though Internet is quite a popular tool to reach people, unfortunately, not all patients (especially elderly and those who are not well versed with Internet) are reachable through emails. Undoubtedly, email reminder is quite reliable and generally delivered on time (provided, the sender is not directed toward spam or rejected list) but this is not possible for all patients.

Another patient reminder option is calling them directly. Manually calling by health care desk receptionist may have some punctuality issues but patient reminder service through software or specially designed system is comparatively reliable. Again, the drawback of this system is if patients do not pick up the call or they do not have mail box that receives and stores the message, patient reminder service through telephone goes in vain.

Cellular phone or mobile phone has become an integral part of our lives and hence, text message reminder service is quite a popular tool to notify patients. Text message service is not only reliable but it comes with great facility that patients can set their reminder delivery time (for instance, an hour before due appointment or visit to the center). The issue with this type of patient reminding service is patients with text message facilities on their handsets can only receive this. Also, unlike other patient reminding service, the text message is to be paid by the user –i.e. the patient.

All-in-all, every reminder service has its own pros and cons and that is why, it is always advisable for doctors to set the combination of all three for ensuring fruitful results. This is because; any patient would fit in any of those criteria and will receive the notification by any means.

Doctor Appointment Scheduler for Under-Staffed Medical Clinics

Dr. Maulik January 9th, 2010

It is a modern world and even the most relaxed of the doctors are very busy. So, there is a need of service automation, something that can help and assist the doctors and their staff. And since the internet is the only thing that reaches out to the maximum of the population, going for an online appointment scheduler is a very good and profitable option.

If you are looking for an online scheduler as part of automation solution for your practice, you should check out a new product that has just been available on market; An online doctor appointment scheduler that is connected to automated virtual receptionist. The scheculer will not only allow patient access online for appointment booking, it will also acts as your frontdesk receptionist that handles business calls.

A virtual receptionist is designed with a sweet, convincing voice that can take phone call from patients, talk to them in natural language, set appointments according to a convenient time for both you and the patient, and also transfer the emergency calls to your self-programmed number. Neither you nor your staff needs to worry about the patient appointment reminder calls. The virtual receptionist can handle that as well. Again, she is capable of using that friendly, convincing language to remind your patients about their appointments.

Clearly, such an all-in-one scheduler-virtual receptionist will relieve a great deal of your office staff work load. Making it possible for your staff to focus their efforts on your patients and on improved medical billing.

What about your patient? you wonder if they prefer to speak to your staff than a virtual receptionist? Yes they do. that is if your staff is available. If they are not, as often is the case in real life, they rather speak to a virtual receptionist who can help them ASAP than being put on hold or sent to voicemail.

An all-in-one scheduler-receptionist is easily accessible to you through your Iphone, Blackberry or Smart-phone. In addition, it synchronized with your Google calendar to make work easier for you, enable you to manage it whenever and wherever you need to.

Which Medical Appointment Reminder Suits your Practice; the Email Reminder or Telephone Reminder?

Martin Wright July 14th, 2009


When you decided to become a private practitioner you probably started out with a handful of patients. Appointments were easy to keep track of and you probably thought that your medical receptionist was the most efficient front desk receptionist available. You knew each patient down to their dog’s name and so did everyone in the practice.

Your practice has probably grown since then and keeping track of your patients and their appointments is becoming more of a challenge for both your patients and especially for your medical receptionist. You can help ease the burden on your front desk receptionist and the rest of your medical staff by investing in an email reminder or telephone reminder. A telephone or email reminder will remind patients of their appointment either online or via a telephone call according to your preference.

The success of your reminder service will directly affect the success of your practice. Deciding on which type of appointment reminder service will suit you best will be influenced by your practice and your patients. Check your patients’ personal records for their contact information. If most of them have email addresses then an email reminder would be suitable. If most of your patients do not have email addresses then a telephone reminder would be more logical.

You ought to consider the type of practice you are running and the type of people you receive as patients. If majority of your patients are elderly or from poor neighborhoods, an email reminder may not reach as many of your patients as you would like. Even if these patients had email addresses they would not spend much time surfing as they either cannot afford to or do not know how to. An email reminder would be suitable in a practice where the patients have access to the Internet and check their emails regularly.

Doctors should also consider the preference of their patients. Some patients will be irritated by receiving telephone calls reminding them of appointments at regular intervals. Such patients would much rather have an email reminder sent to their email addresses. Others would prefer to be alerted via telephone as they are probably prone to forgetting about their appointments easily. This is especially true for elderly patients.

Both a telephone and email reminder are only 90% effective. No doctor can be assured 100% of the successful delivery of all reminders on either service. A telephone reminder may not be delivered as the patient may not answer the telephone. An email reminder may not be read as the patient may fail to check his or her email in good time.

It is therefore advisable for a doctor to invest in both a telephone and email reminder. It may seem expensive in the beginning but the returns will be well worth it. Both services are inexpensive to maintain and working together will guarantee you a more successful delivery. Your patients can even choose the reminder service they prefer.

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