Whether people are on the hunt for a plumber or a plastic surgeon, Yelp is often a tool they use to find a professional in their area. This means that positive reviews about your practice on Yelp can build your patient base, while negative reviews may hurt your growth and revenue. Is Yelp a friend or foe of your practice? The answer to that question may depend on how well you use the website to your advantage.
There are a number of potential benefits Yelp can offer to your practice:
According to Yelp, the website had more than 162 million visitors in the last month of 2016. More than 121 million reviews were posted during that same month. Around six percent of those reviews were related to the health field. That adds up to the potential for significant exposure for your practice and if your reviews are positive, many possible hits for your website.
Yelp is a very easy platform to use, whether you are searching for reviews or posting one. You can encourage your patients to post positive reviews about you and your practice knowing they will be able to make their entry quickly and stress-free.
As prospective patients read your reviews, Yelp makes it easy for them to contact your practice directly as well. All of your information will be listed, including the address for your website, your physical address and phone number, even your operating hours.
In most cases, customers and patients head to review sites like Yelp when they have already made their decision about a purchase. The advantage here is that the patients that are finding your practice are ready to move forward with a procedure, giving you the highest quality of prospects for the greatest number of conversions.
While there are plenty of advantages to gain, there are also a few drawbacks to be aware of as well:
Probably the biggest drawback to Yelp is the algorithm the website uses to filter reviews. This tool may knock out some of your positive reviews, which in turn could affect your star rating. This requires you to keep a watchful eye on your reviews to ensure any changes to your rating can be addressed promptly. Keep in mind, the reviews are still there, but you have to scroll down to the bottom of the page and know where to click to find them.
While you can monitor the reviews you receive on Yelp, you can’t do anything to change them. If a negative review crops up, it is up to you to address the information in a way that shows publically you are committed to making things right for unhappy patients. However, you cannot remove that review or change the fact that the negative review is impacting your star rating.
While there are both pros and cons to Yelp, one thing is certain: Yelp is an online force, at least for now. You can use this to your advantage by encouraging your patients to post positive reviews about your practice and monitoring your review history regularly. In addition to managing your online reputation, these reviews can also let you know if there are aspects of your office that can be changed to improve your patient experience.
You can also employ the right software to enhance patient engagement and the patient experience within your practice to increase your number of positive reviews on Yelp and other websites. PatientNOW offers software designed by plastic surgeons for plastic surgeons, so you can rest assured the tools included will fit your practice perfectly. To learn more about our products, contact PatientNOW today at 800-436-3150.
As you consider moving to a more automated plastic surgery practice, the change is sure to be met with more a than a little bit of trepidation. While an electronic office sounds more efficient, learning all the new programs also seems very overwhelming. Transitions can always be somewhat challenging, but by choosing a company like PatientNOW for your automation needs, you will have all the necessary support and guidance to make the transition as smooth as possible. Check out these reasons why even the least “tech-savvy” practices will benefit from implementing PatientNOW software.
PatientNOW software was designed by plastic surgeons for plastic surgeons. This means the software will be more intuitive than you might expect as it was created with your specific needs in mind. At the same time, you will likely find all the features of the software to provide value to your office, since they were customized to practices just like yours. The automated software will complement your office perfectly, increasing your efficiency without putting up more obstacles as you try to pick and choose the parts of the software that will fit your needs.
The user-friendly nature of the PatientNOW software makes it easy to navigate through the functions and set up your automated office just the way you want it. A practice like yours requires you to build relationships with your patients that will produce trust, confidence and referrals. By providing you with software that you can run with right from the start, we free up your time so you can spend it on your patients, rather than on learning complex technology.
PatientNOW doesn’t leave you hanging once your software is delivered. Remote training is included in the cost of your software package, which can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you and your staff. A dedicated trainer will be assigned to your office to help with your initial configuration and your staff training. Training for a plastic surgery practice can be completed in just 24-32 hours and training for administrative tasks like scheduling, scanning and interoffice communications takes just two hours to finish.
We understand that problems or questions can arise once your software has gone live. We offer ongoing remote support through our website as well. In addition, there is plenty of helpful information right on our website to teach you how to make the most of all of your software features. We partner with you at the time of implementation and on down the road to ensure your experience with PatientNOW is a positive and productive one.
Once you have configured our easy-to-use software and it is a standard part of your practice, there are numerous benefits you will gain from your PatientNOW products:
It has likely been quite the process converting your office to the digital age. However, your efforts cannot stop with the automation – you also need to consider how you will best serve your patients with your new system in place. While the way we do any type of business has evolved considerably, the needs and expectations of our patients and our customers are distinctly the same. It is up to you to ensure your patients feel the same level of care and service from your office, even with the automation in place, to make your operation more efficient and convenient.
While an automated office offers considerable benefit to you and your staff, it can be used to improve the experience of your patients as well. The key is knowing how to adapt those tools in a service-oriented fashion. There are a few key benefits you will see as a result of this process:
Automation through a variety of channels can allow you to respond to your patients much more efficiently. Customers no longer want to do business over the phone. They want to be able to access your practice through a variety of channels and they expect the response to be much faster. In fact, according to the consulting company Accenture, more than 80 percent of today’s consumers want to work with companies that make doing business easier. With today’s technology, you can accommodate all of your patients with the access to your practice they are seeking.
It can be a challenge to get the feedback from customers you need to know what they really want. In fact, only three percent of customers believe that companies really hear their needs and requests. The right software makes it easy to record patient responses to your services and react to your patients’ messages. Those tools can make all the difference in your own patient management and promotion of your practice.
Patients want a variety of ways to communicate with your practice today, and the digital age can really help in this regard. Few patients want to restrict their contact to phone calls when there are many more convenient ways to get in touch with you. It is your responsibility to provide those more convenient options to attract new patients and retain current ones. In addition to your standard website options, give your patients a feedback form that is easy to complete or submit. Access to social media channels is another way to make communication easier and more convenient for your patients.
It may seem like these offerings are fairly standard today, but not every plastic surgery or dermatology practice is offering them at this time. By getting your practice up to par, you may be the name that stands apart to your patients as the practice that is both accessible and up to date. This small effort can make a big difference in the perception of prospective patients, as well as your ability to engage with our patients directly on a different level than your competitors.
When it comes to automating your office with the patient experience in mind, the products offered by PatientNOW cannot be beat. We provide patient engagement at every step of the process, with the tools you need to keep your patients in the loop for all of your new developments. To learn more about our software tools, contact PatientNOW today at 888-644-2987.
Electronic medical records are much more than a regulation to comply with, they are actually away to bring your practice to the next level of efficiency and productivity. Plastic surgeons and dermatologists, in particular, can reap the benefits of EMR as it relates to patient acquisition and retention. In addition, the automated features of the right software will get you away from your computer and face-to-face with your patients, building relationships and providing the highest level of care. Check out some of the benefits of EMR when you make the most of this valuable – and necessary – tool today.
Scheduling can be much faster and easier with EMR. In addition to color-coded scheduling that makes it easy to see your patient list at a glance, you can use your EMR to send out automated patient reminders of upcoming appointments. This will significantly reduce your cancellations and no-shows, which is as good for your revenue as it is for the daily operation of your office. In addition, patients will be able to complete and submit paperwork online prior to their first appointment, making the introduction of new patients to your practice that much easier.
Electronic prescriptions are the wave of the future today and for good reason. Online prescribing allows for easier tracking of controlled substances and potential interactions with other medications your patient is currently taking. Electronic prescribing also ensures you and your patients are alerted to potential drug allergies. This procedure takes prescriptions right from your office to the pharmacy with less room for delays and prescribing errors.
You probably already know it is much more cost-effective to keep the patients you have rather than having to fill up your patient base regularly. EMR makes patient retention easier than ever if you know how to use it wisely. This technology automates the process of sending patients reminders when they are due for their next treatment, increasing office visits for you. You will also be able to more effectively track referrals to ensure none of those prospective patients slip through the cracks.
Ongoing interactions with your patients is another good way to up your retention rates and EMR can make that process easier than ever. Use your software to send out blasts about your latest specials or new procedures you are offering. Develop a monthly newsletter to keep your patients in the loop of your practice happenings. Set up a rewards program for patients that come in for regular cosmetic treatments, giving them the incentive they need to set up that next appointment.
You may be apprehensive about the idea of a paperless office, but it won’t take you long to see the value of this new system. Storage of patient files no longer has to take a significant amount of space, while obtaining those files will be as easy as pushing a few keys on your computer. Coding for insurance billing will also be at your fingertips, as well as sharing information with other physicians and pharmacies.
EMR can be a huge adjustment for any medical practice, but most physicians find that the value of the system can be seen fairly quickly as your staff gets up to par with the new software. If you are looking for EMR software that can give you exactly what you need to bring your practice to the next level, contact PatientNOW at 888-644-2987.
Electronic medical records or EMRs are changing the face of plastic surgery today. These electronic records offer a digital version of a patient’s paper chart and are primarily used within the plastic surgery practice for tracking patient procedures, providing information directly to patients and encouraging patient engagement within your practice. With better access to patient information and the potential for higher patient retention, EMRs offer benefits to patients and plastic surgeons alike.
I have had the pleasure of interacting and getting to know aesthetic medical practices throughout the country when I’ve trained physicians and staff in the use of EMR, practice management, and patient engagement software. Over the years, I’ve noticed that one of the greatest challenges a plastic surgery practice faces is the retention of great employees. In my travels, I’ve been fortunate to observe employee best practices throughout the U.S. Now I’d like to share my observations with you.