Saturday, October 22, 2011

What Are The Benefits Of Medical Appointment Schedulers In Comparison To Generic Appointment Schedulers by Jim Peterson

Whether your medical practice counts thousands of patients or only a few, you probably don't like to waste your time on tasks you could have somebody or "something" else do for you. We are going to propose you a method which will help you streamline your day, simplify your work and save a great deal of time.

As we all know, a medical practice business relies on medical appointment scheduling, for a clinic's strength is defined by how many patients are registered with it. So, if a medical practice wishes to increase its profit, it will have to find ways to attract new people and then keep them. But, as we can imagine, as the practice patient flow will increase, the medical receptionist will find themselves dealing with more patients, more scheduling and much more stress.

For this purpose, a medical website, a registration web form and a medical appointment scheduler will surely relieve your medical receptionist's frustration and make people think that your practice is modern, up-to-date and, last but not least, will enable people to book appointments with you or another member of your practice from their pc or smart phone.

Besides the coolness of your services, however, it is important to see how you can benefit from them and whether they are practical. An appointment scheduler can be either a generic one or a specialized medical scheduler. Both of them allow patients(customers) to fill in web forms from your website, with the only difference that the first one will register only generic information, such as name, surname, date of birth, date of appointment, while the second one will as the patient many other details that you will, otherwise, have to manually write down during the patient visit.

These specific data, in fact, will automatically be saved on your data base for you to check them whenever you like and will include insurance and medical billing information, as well as the patient's address and so on... Practically speaking, should you opt for a generic medical appointment scheduler, your patients will book their appointment with you through a custom web form and all the information they have entered into the empty fields will be automatically transmitted to your practice pc, for your medical receptionist to add them to your database.

The fact is that, whenever a doctor visits a patient, they need to register their insurance and medical billing information so, if such details are missing, the doctor will have to ask such information directly to the patient, write them down and have their medical receptionist manually insert them into the database. On the other hand, the specialized medical appointment scheduler requires certain insurance and medical billing information in order to book a visit with the doctor. So, before the patient visit, the doctor will already know who they are going to see and what their personal details are.

Also, a medical appointment scheduler can interface directly with the EMR/EHR system, which saves patient information directly into the practice database, saving both the doctor and the medical receptionist a lot of time.