Author: Gen Wright
Single and small medical practices need all the help they can get when it comes to managing the practice. Employing more staff won't solve the problem of operational efficiency and effectiveness as the practice continues to grow. Doctors must learn to turn to technology, and harness the benefits of powerful software to help run their practices.
And that is exactly what thousands of small medical practices have done. By utilizing EMR (Electronic Medical Records) or PM (Practice Management) software, small practices have managed to reduce costs, and increase their profit margins. Software has allowed the practices to grow and scale, while keeping everything ship shape. This is, by no means, an easy feat. Consider the activities that is happening in a medical practice during a normal working day.
Staff has to work with an increasing number of patient records. Small practices used to manage such records manually, which is doable while the practice is still small. But as the number of patients increases, it can be a nightmare to store and retrieve records.
The practice also depends very much on patient appointments for revenues. That means patients must turn up for medical appointments before any revenue is made. Often, appointments are being missed for various reasons. Patients may forget about a scheduled appointment that is 6 months ahead. Without proper management software, there is no way staff can remind the patients to come for appointments.
Then there is the issue of expected revenues and realized revenues. To make business related decisions for the practice, doctors used to rely on unreliable financial information. A lot of decisions are made based on guesswork. In other words, they perceive that the business is having a healthy cash flow. But expected revenues is very different from actual revenues. Bill collection poses a constant problem to many medical practices. Patients forget to pay bills, claims are not filed on time, etc. This affects the cash flow of the practice.
To manage the practice properly, it is wise to invest in a comprehensive suite of EMR software. Such software can help schedule appointments, keep patient records organized, help with bill collections, and increase the overall efficiency of the entire business.
So far, this is just from the perspective of the practice. What about the perspective of the patient?
Patients will find that the medical practice is more professionally, and they will appreciate staff members calling them up and reminding them of upcoming appointments. If there is a need to go for a medical appointment, it is in their best interest to show up for the appointments. Otherwise, they may fail to follow through on the healing plan that the doctor has mapped out for him or her. In other words, EMR software helps the practice offer higher quality medical practices. Even if a practice has no intention to grow as a business, patients have learned to expect better medical care with the help of modern technology.
For the above reasons, many medical practices have chosen to upgrade the applications that they are currently using. About the Author:
Harry E Selent enjoys helping medical offices successfully implement electronic medical billing software and electronic medical records software and is pleased to announce medisoft electronic medical records software and Medisoft Clinical Software - providing cost effective emr software solutions for small medical practices.
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