Just 30 years ago, no one would have dreamed of being able to store data with cloud computing, look up the answer to just about any question on a computer or smartphone, or video conference with someone on the other side of the world. Many of the technological marvels we take for granted today can have practical applications for your practice, improving patient experience, cutting costs, and providing better service. Here are just a few ways you can use modern technology to streamline and update your medical practice for the 21st century.
Electronic Health Records (EHR)
If your medical practice doesn’t provide electronic health records, this needs to be your first priority. EHRs are an absolute must. The electronic health record allows your patients access to their personal health files. They can go online to check test results, see their latest biodata and generally feel more in control of their health. EHRs help patients take a more active role in their health care, frees up your time and saves patients from a lot of hand-wringing while they’re waiting for you to call them about their test results.
Online-enabled computer kiosks in your reception area allow patients to check in, schedule appointments and even make co-payments electronically. This can make things easier on your staff, and help shy patients communicate what they need with less stress.
A service like Carbonite can securely back up all your patient data, so you’ll know it’s always there when you need it, even if the data from your local server or computer is corrupted. You’ll never have to worry about trying to rebuild a patient file because something has gone wrong.
Point of Need Financing
Another great way to lower patient stress is by signing up for a point of need patient financing solution like LendingUSA. LendingUSA gives your patients the ability to apply for financing directly in your office and receive a loan decision within seconds. This can provide your patients with tremendous peace of mind, and help you grow your business with cost-savings on fees and increased approvals.
Medical Practice and the Future
As technology continues to develop, there will no doubt be more advances that will benefit both medical practices and their patients. Health is an area where everyone should be able to get the best and most advanced care possible. Take a look at the ideas above and consider how you can integrate these and other technological advances into your own practice.