Remember the days when all you needed to grow your small practice was a healthcare provider or two, an office administrator and some comfy waiting room chairs? Well - today's market dictates what you'll need if you want to see operational growth as well as differentiate yourself from competitors. First on the list? A configurable system for your EMR/EHR (electronic medical/health records) that includes features such as patient self-scheduling, interactive reporting, interoperable billing and specialty specific documentation.
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Every healthcare organization should leverage technology-enabled solutions in order to effectively handle the unique complexities of day-to-day clinical tasks as well as maximize security, promote engagement and optimize efficiencies. Designed to run independently without input from other systems, stand-alone software solutions are beginning to influence both the technology and healthcare industry, since they are able to perform interoperable tasks such as telehealth, data analysis, revenue cycle management (RCM) as well as billing.
No one could have predicted that a global pandemic would upend life as we knew it in 2020. Without question, we've made significant progress in understanding, treating and implementing countermeasures to address COVID-19 as well as evolving how we approach healthcare indefinitely. As of this month, CDC estimates that half of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with most being aged 65 or older.
Still, one question is especially prominent: where are we now and when will this end? While the answer is unprecedented, we can expect healthcare to continue evolving with tools like telehealth and remote patient monitoring. Click here to read more about how COVID has redefined engagement.
Quality healthcare is generally high on everyone's priority list, but patients may need to engage with multiple clinicians, including a primary care provider and several specialists. If providers don't proactively share information and coordinate treatments, individuals may not receive the proper care they need - leading to diminished outcomes or poor patient experiences. However, your practice can implement proven solutions that support a collaborative care approach.
Your website is one of the most powerful assets in your marketing toolkit, but only if you optimize it effectively. Simply hosting a few informational pages is not enough to build a strong online presence that generates web traffic and helps your physical therapy practice grow. Instead, you need to pursue effective search engine optimization (SEO) to ensure that search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo! are able to find your site and make it easily visible to prospective patients.
Each June, we recognize Aphasia Awareness Month, a time dedicated to encouraging advocacy for a common health condition that 84.5% of Americans don't even know exists. As a chronic impairment that affects language, aphasia can dramatically affect those who live with it every day. During Aphasia Awareness Month, clinical professionals, along with individuals with aphasia and those who support them can share information about this little-known disorder. If you want to participate in these efforts, you can learn more about aphasia, how it impacts those who have it and what can be done to provide a better quality of life for those living with aphasia.
With new methods of treatment, updated technologies and cutting-edge research moving the field forward, healthcare is constantly evolving. This means every aspect of patient care has to keep up, including the software you use day in and day out. While taking on a new platform can be a daunting process since it impacts every aspect of your business, you can significantly mitigate the disruption to your patients and staff by planning ahead. That is why we have broken down "the switch" into these five painless steps.