There is no denying that the life of a doctor is a busy one. As Dr Joseph Sgroi (Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist) rightly says: “It is a labour of love – It takes up a lot of time. It is full-on 24/7”. The challenge is how to get the most out of the hours that are available to optimize time spent with patients.
One of the biggest impacts on time & practice efficiency is keeping on top of the administration. I am yet to meet a medical professional who loves the admin involved in being a clinician – even though it is such a vital part in the delivery of patient care. And with so much going on, it’s easy to get caught up in the “if it ain’t broke” mindset, instead of stopping to evaluate new products & services that can have a huge impact on improving patient and staff experiences.
As a busy specialist, your day is multi-locational in nature. So how can you access what you need, when you need it and in a time critical nature? How do you record the interaction, the progress, the prognosis right in that moment? How do you optimize your time when you are in-room, but especially when you are not? And then there is the question on how to optimize your practice staff by not bogging them down with tedious, time-consuming administrative tasks?
How can you optimise your time?
The answer is to use purpose built applications to make every moment of every day productive – for you and your team.
Imagine being able to access patient records on your phone, tablet or even hospital work station as easy as accessing the internet. The ability to update those records seamlessly from your smart phone at 3am, at home, after a late night page? Or the ability to do that update with voice recognition purpose built for your specific specialty.
Imagine that your patients update their contact details online – before they get to the rooms. That they upload a photo of their credit card and it automatically updates their payment information through image recognition. That all your medical claims get submitted automatically and the balance is billed to their credit cards – no human intervention at all.
Imagine that your practice management software is connected to applications like Skype that enable you to go from a voice call to video call with one click – providing a video consultation with patients. Imagine that you can record that consultation and save it to the patient record for future reference.
These ‘imagine if’ scenarios are all possible today with modern practice management software and applications like Clinic-to-Cloud which have been specifically designed for the medical industry and are just the beginning of transforming the way we run and manage our practices.