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The healthcare sector has been one of the slowest to modernize and embrace digital ways of working, but most practices and clinics are changing. The motivation for switching to digital working practices is not purely for the sake of modern convenience, it can also bring about a significant improvement in the quality of the care that you provide. Technology and software programs that have been designed specifically for healthcare provision are improving and advancing all the time, but there are affordable options for all. If you are still in doubt, here are 6 reasons to go digital in your healthcare clinic.
Make healthcare more accessible to all
An online appointment booking system can transform your practice. The vast majority of your patient, of all ages, are used to being able to conduct almost all other parts of their life online. If you are still relying on manual appointment systems and old-fashioned communication, you will find that many patients will move to another healthcare provider that does offer convenience and flexibility. Many systems will also send appointment reminders and share important updates with patients to reduce the number of patients who fail to attend their appointment. By making it easier for your patients to book appointments and improving communication, you increase accessibility for all.
Make the patient experience more efficient
With the right technology and software, your patients will be able to book their own appointments online without needing to wait on hold for a long time. They may even be able to research their own symptoms against the information on your website or platform to see if a doctor’s appointment is necessary. You could also invite feedback to ensure you are delivering the best service possible.
Reduce your administration costs
Digitizing your administration and communication processes can streamline your efficiency, reduce patient waiting times, and even reduce how much time your staff need to spend on administrative tasks that do not enhance the patient experience. This can simultaneously reduce costs and improve your quality of service.
Coordinate with other health providers
For patients with complex chronic conditions and multiple medical professionals involved in their care, it can be difficult to organize effective and consistent care. A Chronic Care Management programcan help you to coordinate the best possible care for your patients ensuring each individual’s needs are met. This might include mental health treatment, additional support with mobility, pain management, and even food preparation or other in-home help.
Monitor patients remotely
Devices are now available that record key health information from patients even when they are at home. This is not only more convenient for patients who do not need to spend as much time travelling to and from appointments, but also enables doctors and nurses to collect more accurate results. This data can also be transferred between providers if necessary.
Increase patient engagement
When patients feel that they are listened to, and that they understand their condition and their treatment, they will feel a sense of empowerment over their own health. Research has shown that patients that are more engaged in their care experience better health outcomes and will be more likely to recommend you as a healthcare provider.