Automation has revolutionized industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and finance. However, many private medical practices are still doing things the old way. Here are five benefits your practice can gain from automation:
1. Increased Time-saving
A lot of time is spent every day on non-important tasks in most medical practices. This includes tasks such as filling paperwork, retrieving records, or scheduling appointments over the phone. A medical system automation software may handle transcription of electronic records, online booking of appointments, or the automation of many administrative tasks that are time-consuming. This will allow you to see more patients or utilize that time in doing more important work.
2. Reduced Patient No-shows
Various studies have shown that the rate of patient no-shows in the U.S. is significantly higher than that of other business types. One study showed that the average no-show of a well-run clinic is 21%. However, the rate goes as high as 50% in some facilities. Reminders have been proven to increase show-ups. However, doing it the traditional way can be cumbersome and expensive. Specialized software can automate reminder systems such as emails, prerecorded voice messages, and even text messages.
3. More Accurate Results
Laboratory results are particularly prone to human error. However, automated machines can perform activities such as specimen extraction and analysis with high levels of accuracy. In addition, automated computer systems can manipulate, interpret, and store data, reducing transcription errors and turnaround time. These can lead to the provision of better healthcare services.
4. Reduced Labor Costs
With automation, manually intensive tasks are reduced and can often be performed in less time. Tasks such as filing, writing receipts, and scheduling appointments can be automated often with better results.
5. Improved Throughput
An automated facility can reduce lead times and handle more patients at the same time. Automation removes bottlenecks, reduces paperwork, and eliminates tedious processes that add no value. As a result, there is more efficiency and better patient satisfaction.
Automation can help a medical practice improve its processes and offer better services to its patients. However, it is important to assess your needs and expectations before adapting to a new system.