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My Observation on Online Patient Appointment Scheduling System

June 27th, 2010

Last week, I visited one of my friends who is a general practitioner. I was surprised seeing him as happiest person and could not believe that he was the one who always shouted at his medical front office staff for every second reason! The only thing he did was turning his medical office automated using online patient appointment scheduler. I wondered about its feature and system’s capability to tackle multiple tasks in day-to-day medical management.

As my friend explained, online patient appointment scheduler –also known as online doctor appointment scheduling system is the best tool to schedule patients’ appointments without involving human medical front office executive. In other words, web based online appointment system serves as virtual receptionist that serves all sort of duties without any hassles.

The features I liked about the system is its capability to send the entire data/content to Google Calendar using Google Synchronization mode. The data can be accessed using handheld devices such as Blackberry, iPhone and Smartphone –no matter where we are! A two-way synchronization is advanced feature that allows us to modify or reschedule the appointments without giving instructions to the medical front office executives at our clinics.

A doctor can use online doctor appointment scheduler as medical answering system wherein it answers patients’ calls without getting them boring busy tone. Also, it can answer more than one patient at a time! What else we require during big events such as free medical camp where the center is flooded with patients calls?

As I read about online doctor appointment scheduler cum medical answering system, I came to know that we can also use the system as patient reminder! The system can automatically call patients and remind them about their forthcoming visits to the health care center for body tests, follow ups etc. Furthermore, the system can be set as per doctor’s expertise. A multilingual option is very useful tackling foreigners as patients as the system can work in different languages such as French, Chinese and Spanish.

Certainly, I would like to use this wonderful system that serves as virtual medical receptionists. Why to opt for more staff when you have an all-in-one medical office helper?

Online Appointment Scheduler that Enables you Managing Clinic in Best Way

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.

Your patients complaint? The Solution is Online Appointment Scheduler

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.

Best Medical Management is Possible with Patient Appointment Scheduler

April 25th, 2010

It is not a secret anymore that if you want your medical business to boom, you work to achieve high customers’ satisfaction. Since customers, here, are the patients, healthcare providers have to be careful treating them and also maintaining a doctor-patient relationship. Online patient appointment scheduler is the best tool available on the market that helps managing the health care center without any hassles.

There’s nothing to prove that humans are prone to make errors. Using online patient medical management software, the erroneous events in arranging patients’ appointments at health care center can be kept at bay. More and more health care providers now opt for online appointment schedule system as it reduces the paperwork and provides patient reminder services as an additional feature.

The patient reminder service makes calls to patients and informs them about their forthcoming visits to the clinic. Also, a doctor can tailor patient reminder service according to his/her expertise. Specially designed patient appointment scheduler is also powered by the feature wherein the doctor can switch it to medical answering system that picks up patients’ calls and answers them without presenting ‘busy’ tone.

Online patient appointment scheduler is an online system that fixes patients’ appointment without any overlapping in time. Also, it synchronizes appointments with Google Calendar that can be accessible on handheld devices such as Blackberry, Smartphone and iPhone. The healthcare provider can alter, change or reschedule the appointments according to his/her routine.

Online appointment scheduler can also be used as prepaid appointment scheduler wherein patients can pay consultation fees in advance. Such feature can reduce the chances of ‘no-show’ patients, which is one of the biggest causes for revenue loss.

Patient reminder system that can work as medical answering system that provides 24/7 service and in this way, the health care center is accessible all day potentially increasing the number of patients.

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

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!

Online Appointment Scheduler Can Lessen the Burden of Doctors

February 9th, 2010

There are doctors for the patients suffering from various health diseases but then what about doctors? Doctors too are human beings and are often so stressed out in life! Their medical practice no doubt major source of the stress.

The survey says the medical professionals who own health care centers, frequently get frustrated due to apathies by staff in tackling patients or by trivial things such as arranging (or re-arranging) their appointments. Furthermore, doctor’s office cannot look after every patient’s reminder and regimens. On the other hand, medical front desk receptionist may fail milti-tasking and may have to bear words from the doctors.

To overcoming all above mentioned issues, the technology brings us the best way to manage medical services. Office automation using virtual receptionist that can literally multi-tasking is currently in boom! Specially designed medical office virtual assistant can serve as front desk receptionist as well patient reminder service –making daily automated call to patient reminding them about their forthcoming appointments or visits to health centers. Also, the system comes with multilingual option (English, French, and Spanish etc) for better communication with patients whose native language is not English.

This all-in-one virtual receptionist can be further utilized as online appointment scheduler. Also, prepaid appointment system can save a financial loss due to no-show patient issues. Online appointment scheduler can synchronize appointments with Google Calendar and send to handheld devices such as iPhone and Blackberry. This makes it a must-have for medical professionals who travel or away from office frequently. A scheduler that synchronize with Google allows them to manage their patient appointment without access to computer.

An all-in-one virtual receptionist should be the best helper that is capable of finally relieve the burden of doctors as they can rely on the system that never gets tired even after working for 24/7. Virtual receptionist comes with lovely voice that is clearly audible. No matter how many patients call at a time, no one of them would get busy boring tones that otherwise annoy them. As such a virtual receptionist is connected to doctor’s office via different type of call forwarding, it take over a business call while the office line os busy, no-answer, etc, this wonderful system proves itself as a backup receptionist in a true sense

Redefining Medical Management with Online Appointment Scheduler

January 29th, 2010

There could be many difficulties doctors face while running health care centers. Right from managing patients appointments to answer incoming calls –the tasks are innumerable. In the field of health care management, even a bit of apathy may bring unwanted consequences. To overcome all these problems at a time, there is software available on the market.

The revolution in internet technology has reached its leaps and bounds. Medical management can be made easier with the help of system called as online appointment scheduler. In addition, this system is multipurpose and can be used for other important tasks too.

Online appointment scheduling helps in managing appointments of the patients and added feature of pre-paid appointment ensures checking no-shows patients. In this way, the revenue loss can be saved and the time of appointment can be allotted to genuine customers. Automated office powered by online appointment planner is easier to manage and maintain. Online appointment scheduler can also be used as virtual receptionist that would not miss incoming calls at clinic. In addition, no patient would get a busy tone at any given time due to latest technology used in system.

When your scheduler can be used as virtual front desk receptionist, it can be set into patient reminder service. The system would automatically call patients and inform them about their forthcoming appointments and visits to clinic. This way, they are kept up-to-date and doctors can also set system as per their expertise. The system comes with multilingual option as to tackle foreign patients smoothly.

There are many health care centers in US and Canada using online appointment scheduler, which is accessible 24/7 for better service. For the doctors who travel frequently, online appointment scheduler proves to be the best manager and teller since it synchronizes patients’ appointments with Google calendar and sends it on handheld devices such as iPhone, Smartphone and Blackberry. A doctor, outside his/her clinic or town, can alter or modify the appointment and manage it as per schedule. This saves times and there are less chances of human error.

The system uses no emotion or brain and hence, unlike human medical receptionists, this multipurpose software does not take any decision based on emotion or intention. Depandable, friendly and low business cost are three of the important factors you should look for a system like this for medical office automation.

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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