Gone are the days when doctors used to maintain patient records in the form of paper files. Every document relating to patient care used to be filled meticulously by the Doctor or the Doctor’s assistant, pretty much the ways banks used to maintain customer account ledgers. The physical patient file was the master: the doctor’s staff had the responsibility of pulling out the patient’s file and giving it to the doctor for referring to the case history.
The spread and use of technology by clinics and practices has not been even. While some doctors use very modern SaaS platforms to store patient health records, some prefer to go semi-digital using software to generate prescription print-outs and yet some still prefer the old fashioned method of writing out prescriptions using pen and paper. There is however a definite trend towards the use of digital technologies to manage clinics, leading to the proliferation in the availability of different Patient Management Software at different price points and with varied features.
Imagine a scenario where your patient waiting room is full with patients and their attendants. Your Secretary or Receptionist is having an extremely difficult time answering questions from patients on why the delay in seeing you. Everyone is hovering about her desk and she is increasingly getting flustered and agitated answering questions. All this chaos is all the more unwelcome these days with the threat of infection spreading due to the crowd that is flouting social distancing norms.
An online doctor appointment booking system can prove to be a boon to doctors and patients alike. For those among us who have seen the waiting room of busy doctors, it will draw memories of patients and their attendants crowding around the receptionist. It was not necessarily first-in and first-out. Many times it was based on who was able to throw their weight around and seize the opportunity to stride in to meet the doctor even before the earlier patient had walked out. In some cases tokens were given out that represented our number in the queue.
These days, there are all sorts of apps and online tools that help business owners manage their shops or establishments. The same is true for doctors and medical practitioners. You can invest in a wide range of doctor software and clinic management systems that can help you run your practice as easily and efficiently as possible.
Ensuring completeness and accuracy of a patient medical history is essential and critical to providing safe and effective healthcare.
Providers grapple with many challenges when a patient is at the practice. Lack of information on patient history is certainly one of the most important ones. Imagine a situation where the patient is not carrying her previous medical history and is not able to completely elaborate on his/her past health issues. In such cases the provider has to, in many cases, start all over again in terms of initiating treatment.
The execution of an electronic health record system is a substantial investment for a practice. The selection process could be intensive and time-consuming and that’s before the deployment of specific tools, including the EHR along with other nonessential software.
Healthcare is one of the key sectors globally and because of the increasing demand in specific sections of healthcare, decreasing redundant expenditure and improving overall effectiveness has never been more critical.