Many medical practices are struggling to thrive in this post-pandemic world. This can be caused by a variety of reasons: staff burnout, staff shortages, failure to adapt to new telehealth demands, lack of efficiency, not meeting the increasing demands of their patients, or a combination of several of these. Genesis Medical Management provides a few tips for medical practices to adapt and thrive during these trying times.
I. Implementing an Effective EHR System
The first tool that any private practice needs to ensure efficient operations and keep administrative duties to a minimum while meeting all compliance regulations is an effective Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. With the right EHR system, physicians can improve their patient experience and satisfaction, improve management of patient charts, and provide remote access to patient information. A good EHR system can help with payment processes, reduce overall healthcare costs, and ultimately help physicians to improve the health of their patients.
II. Increasing Efficiency by Reducing Wasted Time
To improve operations and reduce burnout requires efficient operations. For a private practice that begins with identifying and reducing wasted time and streamlining processes. The right EHR system can help to reduce inefficiencies and duplications through intuitive processes and providing online access to all patient records. This means a physician has all info at their fingertips with a tablet and does not have to leave the room to access
test results, previous visit records, etc. Implementing online pre-registration processes also reduces patient wait times. Notifying patients to obtain lab tests prior to appointments provides the physician with the information he needs for each visit. Scheduling follow-up visits before the patient leaves saves time. Properly supplying every exam room with the tools needed minimizes time a physician or staff member needs to hunt down specific items needed during a patient visit. There are numerous processes that can be identified by various members of the team that can be improved or streamlined to reduce wasted time and increase quality patient time.
III. Creating an Effective Team
One of the best ways to identify wasted time and processes and improve efficiency is by creating an effective team that all works toward the same goals. Each member of the team must feel empowered to identify and fix problems that are creating wasted time. While there must always be someone at the top making decisions, empowering everyone else on the team to help streamlines processes, ensures more efficient operations, and ultimately helps the physician to be able to spend more quality time with their patients to improve their health. Including the whole team in caring for patients and enhancing efficiencies improves the quality of care provided, reduces costs, and increases productivity.
Physicians can have the private practice they desire where they can actually spend quality time getting to know their patients and helping them to live healthy lives. It just takes some planning and processes being put in place to ensure an efficient and effective operation. Genesis Medical Management recommends finding the right EHR system, reducing wasted time, and creating an effective team.
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