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27
Jun

Benefits of EMR with PatientNOW

Electronic medical records (EMR) has become the trend for all types of doctors’ offices today. For plastic surgeons, a paperless office means more time with patients to build trust and a positive relationship. It is understandable that some physicians are hesitant to move to EMR due to concerns over how difficult the transition will be. However, the benefits of using PatientNOW software far outweigh the possible drawbacks of making the switch.

Meeting Patient Expectations

Patients are using technology to make their lives easier in any number of ways, and they want those same perks from their doctor’s office. If you are still using paper charts and requiring patients to phone in for appointments and other information, you are missing the mark with many tech-savvy patients today. Get your office onboard with the trend by going paperless, and your patients will assume your procedures and treatments are equally state-of-the-art.

Enhancing Patient Convenience

Your patients are busier today than ever before, and they need you to make the process of scheduling treatments and procedures as easy and convenient as possible. The ability to book appointments online allows patients to schedule treatments around their busy routines. Automated appointment reminders will improve your no-show numbers, and rescheduling appointments is much easier when your patients can simply log into your website and make the switch.

Improving Customer Service

When you are spending less time looking for and updating paper files, you have more time to sit down with your patients to answer questions and educate them about your procedures. Patients in search of plastic surgery want a surgeon that will take the time to discuss treatment options and help them feel comfortable and confident about their choices. They also want their surgeon to be available before and after surgery to answer questions and concerns. By freeing up the time you would typically spend on administrative duties, you can give your patients the time and attention they want and deserve.

Increasing Accessibility

With paper files, your patient’s information remains at your office, only to be accessed during business hours. With electronic records, you can access your patient’s records from any location and on any device. This also makes it easier to transfer information to other doctors when necessary, such as when you are collaborating with a medical team for a breast reconstruction patient. In addition to increased accessibility, electronic information also tends to be more accurate, since there is no concern over misreading someone’s handwriting.

Reducing Operational Costs

The bottom line on EMR is that it will improve your practice’s bottom line. Consider how much you are spending right now in storage and staffing to maintain your paper filing system. Those costs are eliminated when you go paperless. At the same time, your time will be free to see more patients daily, increasing revenue. Software from PatientNOW also includes acquisition and retention tools that will help you increase patient interest, conversions, subsequent treatments and referrals. All pluses when it comes to expanding your practice and boosting your bottom line.

 

There are many reasons why EMR from PatientNOW will be a positive addition to your practice. To learn more about the specifics of our products, contact a PatientNOW representative today at 800-436-3150.

20
Jun

Is Paper Hurting Your Practice?

Moving your office from a manual to an electronic system can seem overwhelming. However, the benefits of going paperless can far outweigh any obstacles that might greet you during the conversion process. If you are hanging onto your paper files, PatientNOW has a few ways that manual system may be hurting your practice.

Accessibility

There is no way around it; paper files are simply as not as accessible as electronic alternatives. In addition to the time spent pulling them out and putting them away, they can take longer to read through. They can also get misplaced, while electronic files are always available as long as you know where your laptop or tablet is. In addition, paper files can only be used by one person at a time in your office, which can considerably cut down on efficiency and patient care.  

Quality

Paper files are at the mercy of whoever is completing the information at any given time. If the handwriting is questionable, it can be very easy to misread the data. Paper can also get stained or torn, affecting your ability to accurately read the information inside. Electronic records eliminate these issues. It is also easier to standardize electronic files so that anyone reading the file in your office will have the same, accurate interpretation of the data provided.

Cost

On the surface, it likely appears that the transformation to an electronic system will be a pricey endeavor. However, consider the cost of creating and maintaining those paper files filling your office. In addition to the office space taken up with your filing system, you may be paying for a storage unit to hold old files you cannot eliminate. Even the price of the supplies for paper files will be eliminated through an electronic system, and there is no limit to the value you will gain in increased office efficiency.

Patient Relationships

Plastic surgery is a field where positive patient relationships are a necessity for building and maintaining your practice. If you are spending more time looking for files and staring at the many pieces of paper inside, you are not spending that time face-to-face with your patients. Your patients will also enjoy a higher level of service in your ability to collaborate with other physicians when necessary or even send their prescriptions directly to the pharmacy of choice.

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In today’s digital age, patients expect that same level wherever they go for service. If they arrive at your so-called “state-of-the-art” plastic surgery practice only to see you and your staff handling paper files, it could hurt your image. By fully automating your office, you will send the signal that you are committed to the latest technology in every aspect of your practice.

Automation can be a challenge for any medical office, but choosing the right software will go a long way in making the transition smoother and easier for everyone in your practice. PatientNOW features software products designed by plastic surgeons for plastic surgeons, allowing our software to fit seamlessly with your specific needs. From automated scheduling and EMR to improving your patient engagement, we have the tools you are looking for in your office. To learn more, contact PatientNOW at 800-436-3150.

13
Jun

Why Your Practice Needs Social Media

Social media has become a primary method of marketing today, which means there is no escaping the need for this tool in your plastic surgery practice. Social media is used by practices and businesses of all sizes because it is one of the most effective methods of patient engagement and referrals. With millions of people using social media channels today, there is almost no better way of getting your practice name into the public eye. Here are four good reasons to make social media part of your marketing strategy.

More Exposure

Your presence on the major social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram puts your practice name in front of the more potential patients than nearly any other medium. In fact, patients in search of a plastic surgeon today are likely to check those hotspots almost as quickly as Googling physician directory and review sites. By making it as easy as possible for patients to find you wherever they might search, you can grow your practice without paying exorbitant amounts of money for the exposure.

More Engagement

Social media is designed for interaction between physicians and patients, which allows you to build trust and confidence with current and prospective patients that may find you. This is a perfect opportunity to highlight your facility, your staff and your procedures in a casual way that your patients will easily be able to relate to and understand. Patients can also comment and like your postings to feel like they are a part of your inner circle of connections.

More Education

Social media is also another opportunity for you to educate your patients about the procedures and treatments that are currently available. Facebook and other channels provide you the chance to whet a patient’s appetite for a procedure you offer and then encourage them to click on your website to learn more. The social media channels are also an effective place to draw attention to the procedures you are offering as a special promotion for the month or to introduce new treatments when they arrive at your office.

More Website Links

While your Facebook or Instagram page can offer plenty of pertinent information about your practice, converting potential patients into real leads involves getting them to click on your website. With the right enticements on your social media pages, you can increase clicks on your website as prospective patients seek out the blogs and other information you hint at on your social networks. Once they have arrived at your website and see all you have to offer, those prospects can be transformed into current patients.

More Analytics

With any type of marketing, analytics are essential to know whether you are getting the biggest bang for your advertising buck. This makes social media especially attractive from a marketing standpoint because tracking is already built right in. The numbers gathered from your social media activity can be invaluable to discover how your website is performing, where weaknesses in your marketing efforts might be and where you need to go to market your practice more efficiently.
While social media is an effective marketing tool for plastic surgeons, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to use those channels to your fullest benefit. PatientNOW is ready to support you in your social media efforts with advantEDGE, our consulting service that provides you with the information and recommendations you need to make the most of your social media presence. To learn more about this service, contact PatientNOW today at 800-436-3150.

6
Jun

Paper vs. Electronic: Benefits of Transferring Your Office

There is little doubt the idea of moving from a paper to an electronic office is an overwhelming one. You and your staff have worked with those paper files for years and everyone is accustomed to and comfortable with that system. Moving to electronic filing often raises questions about what will happen if the technology doesn’t work the way it is supposed to function. Despite the understandable trepidation involved with making the switch, there are some significant benefits to transferring your plastic surgery office to a paperless system.

The Space Saving Solution

Think about the amount of space you are currently using to store your paper files. How could that space be utilized more effectively? Do you need more room for your administrative staff or another examination room? Have you been putting off the purchase of a new device due to lack of space in your current office? By removing your paper files, you will free up substantial office space that can now be put to good use to expand your practice and your patient experience.

Benefits to your Bottom Line

Reducing your storage needs can also benefit your bottom line as you eliminate additional space and staffing to maintain those files. Even the cost of the supplies to assemble the paper files will be eliminated as electronic maintenance becomes more efficient and cost-effective. A University of California study in 2003 found that some physicians saved as much as $20,000 per year by transferring to electronic records.

Working Smarter, Not Harder

Office efficiency is a primary benefit of transferring to EMR. Your staff will no longer have to spend time searching for patient files; instead, they will be able to pull them up on any office device. Patients will not be left waiting while you search out pertinent information from their medical history. Even sharing information with other physicians when necessary will be faster and easier through the electronic process.

More Time, More Patients

Electronic medical records provide you with more face-to-face time with your patients, as information is readily accessible during consultations and other appointments. You may also find your electronic system provides you with additional time to see more patients, allowing you to grow your plastic surgery practice without compromising patient care. Your staff will be free to focus their attention on your patients as well, rather than tedious paperwork.

Enhancing Patient Care

Electronic record keeping can enhance patient care in a number of ways. A reduction of errors due to poor handwriting, elimination of lost files and the ability to see a patient’s medical history at a glance are just some of the improvements offered by EMR. Allowing you to spend more time directly with your patients also gives them greater confidence in the procedures they choose and comfort in the process. When your patients are receiving the highest level of care from your office, they are more likely to return for subsequent procedures and tell friends and family members about your practice.

At PatientNOW, we understand that EMR plays a key role in bringing your plastic surgery practice to the next level. Our software packages combine easy-to-use EMR with patient engagement tools that will help you build your practice and your reputation. To learn more about our products, contact PatientNOW today at 800-436-3150.

30
May

Do I Need to be “Tech-Savvy” to Use PatientNOW?

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.

Customized to Your Needs

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.

User-Friendly, Easy to Navigate

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.

Extensive Training Opportunities

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.

Ongoing Support

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.

Reaping the Benefits

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:

  • Greater office efficiency means more time with your patients
  • Easy scheduling features reduce no-shows and increase revenue
  • Billing software allows for faster, more accurate billing procedures
  • Acquisition and retention software ensures no patient falls through the cracks
  • Enhance your patient experience to increase retention and referrals

PatientNOW has the products and features you need to take your plastic surgery practice to the next level. To learn more about our services, contact PatientNOW today at 800-436-3150.

23
May

The Importance of Customer Service in the Digital Age

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.

Improving Your Patient Experience

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:

You Can Be More Responsive

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.

You Can Really Hear Them

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.

You Can Expand Their Options

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.

You Can Offer What The Competition Can’t

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.

17
May

The Importance of Patient Follow-Up

It may not seem as though you are building the same patient relationship in plastic surgery as you do in other areas of practice, but if you are serious about growing your patient base, relationship is a must. Patients that have one plastic surgery often come in for additional procedures over time and a good relationship with you is a key factor in ensuring your patients will return to your office for those subsequent treatments. There are a number of additional ways patients that have an ongoing relationship with you can impact the success of your practice.

Patient Reviews

Patients are more likely than ever before to share their experience with your practice on popular review sites like Yelp. At the same time, patients in search of a plastic surgeon may check Yelp for information about the doctor they are considering from a patient’s point of view. This knowledge can be concerning to physicians since it seems like there is no way to control the information that is shared by your patients on these channels. However, maintaining a positive relationship with your patient after a procedure can go far in ensuring any reviews that are posted about you and your practice will be a help rather than a hindrance.

The Social Media Exchange

Social media is another channel where patients might be inclined to share information about their experience with you. When you consider how many friends and friends-of-friends a single Facebook post or tweet can reach, maintaining positive information on these sites is essential as well. At the same time, you can use your own social media channels to engage your patients, providing you with additional exposure and the potential for new patient acquisition as well as current patient retention.

Word-of-Mouth Referrals

When your patients are happy with your service and the results of their procedures, they are more likely to share their experience with friends and family members. Maintaining a relationship with your patients ensures that your name is at the forefront of their minds when discussing procedures with family and friends. It also leaves a positive impression on previous patients that might send others to your practice through word-of-mouth referrals.

Patient Follow-Up Tips

There are a number of ways to boost your patient retention, which can increase your patient acquisition at the same time:

  • Offer a patient loyalty program that offers discounts for repeat visits
  • Establish a birthday club so your patient receives contact from your office every year
  • Utilize patient surveys to determine what your practice does well and where you can improve
  • Follow up on review sites, thanking patients for positive reviews and offering solutions when reviews are not as positive
  • Manage social media to ensure that any negative posts are handled by your practice quickly and effectively

Developing and maintaining positive patient relationships can be easier than you think, with the help of a few simple automation tools. PatientNOW specifically designs software products for plastic surgeons interested in keeping the patient engagement intact long after the first procedure. Our Patient Acquisition and Retention (PAR) software efficiently manages the patient life cycle, creating a positive experience through every step of the process.

Don’t allow patients to fall through the cracks any longer. With PatientNOW solutions, you can maintain positive patient relationships both now and in the future. To learn more, contact PatientNOW today at 888-644-2987.

27
Mar

Why You Need a Review Management Tool

Individuals looking for plastic surgery today are relying more and more on the information they collect online for choosing the right surgeon for their needs. This includes online reviews written by former patients, much to the chagrin of plastic surgeons across the country that are still trying to embrace the idea of reputation management. Fortunately, you can make this process easier and more streamlined than ever before, thanks to a partnership between PatientNOW and Patient Approved.

The Importance of (and Problem with) Patient Reviews

Online patient reviews have been known to strike fear in even the top rated plastic surgeons today. Just one poor review, posted by a disgruntled patient, can impact the ability to attract new patients to your practice. In addition, few physicians have the time necessary to monitor review sites and social media to address possible concerns when they arise.

The good news is just as poor reviews may turn away prospective patients, positive reviews can attract them. What better way to acquire those positive reviews than been couraging your happy patients to post them in venues where others are most likely to see them?

Getting to the Source

The key to using online reviews to your advantage is to head first to the places where prospective patients are going. One of the best sources for physician reviews is Patient Approved, which has been providing patients with valuable information about physicians in their area since 2006. This is one of the few websites that avoids review biases, by encouraging doctors to get honest feedback from all of their patients.

The feedback is viewed by the doctor and then sent to partner sites of Patient Approved where they are sure to get plenty of views. In addition to giving doctors the tools necessary to build their patient base, it also provides those physicians with valuable information to make their practices even better. This also lets patients know the physicians on Patient Approved are committed to offering the highest level of care possible to their patients.

PatientNOW and Patient Approved

PatientNOW is partnering with Patient Approved to bring the next level of automation to our physician’s practices. Now, doctors that purchase PatientNOW EMR software will receive a basic version of Patient Approved to interact with their patients after treatments are completed. This strategic partnership allows you to seamlessly integrate patient review management with the rest of your office automation to increase patient acquisition without adding more work for your administrative team.

The PatientNOW software will automatically gather feedback from your patients using treatment pathways already integrated into our software programs. This feedback can be used by you and your staff to improve your level of patient care, while allowing you to share that information across the internet to attract new patients to your practice. Because patients tend to book appointments with physicians that have reviews online, you will be increasing patient acquisition at the same time you are providing valuable information about how well your practice is serving your current patients.

PatientNOW and Patient Approved are committed to helping plastic surgeons create healthy, robust practices by increasing patient acquisition, retention and office efficiency. To learn more about these services or the specific products offered by PatientNOW, contact our office today at 800-436-3150.

20
Mar

Incorporating New Look Now into Your Practice

PatientNOW offers the latest in customizable software solutions for busy plastic surgery practices. Now, our clients can take patient engagement to the next level by incorporating New Look Now into the mix. New Look Now features a personalized treatment visualization platform that allows patients to “see” the results of their procedures before they book their appointment. When this platform is added to the many patient engagement features offered by PatientNOW software, doctors can rest assured they are covering all their bases when it comes to acquiring and retaining patients to their practice.

Benefits of New Look Now

One of the most difficult factors patients face when considering plastic surgery or a cosmetic treatment is how the results of their procedure will actually turn out. In addition to making a patient hesitant about investing in a procedure, it can be challenging to determine precisely which procedure will provide them with the best results. New Look Now takes much of the guesswork out of the process by moving the before and after photos from another person to the prospective patient’s own photo.

The platform is user-friendly and very easy for both patients and physicians to master. First, the patient uses any device to take a photo of the area they would like enhanced. Next, the patient uploads the photo into the New Look Now website, along with the treatment they are interested in. New Look Now then emails the patient’s own before and after visualizer directly to them within 24 hours.

Benefits for PatientNOW Clients

For clients currently using PatientNOW software or in the process of implementing PatientNOW platforms into their own practices, the addition of New Look Now can be invaluable to the process of patient acquisition and retention. The visualization platform allows you to further personalize your patient’s experience, enhancing your patient’s relationship with you and your practice. The simple use of these photo simulations can effectively decrease no-show rates, increase consultations and convert consultations to procedures.

For your practice, this means significant improvement to your practice’s revenue and bottom line. When combined with other features of PatientNOW’s own patient engagement software, you can enjoy long-term relationships with your patients, greater acquisition and retention and word-of-mouth marketing that goes a long way in building your practice. In addition, PatientNOW allows you to automate your office administrative tasks, taking you and your staff away from your computers and in direct contact with your patients.

Customized Solutions for You and Your Patients

New Look Now gives your patients the opportunity to try out procedures from the comfort of home, before scheduling the procedure with your office. The added features is a benefit not offered by the majority of plastic surgeons today, giving your practice a competitive edge when it comes to establishing personal relationships with your patients. Combining the service with PatientNOW’s own Patient Acquisition and Retention (PAR) software, your practice will be able to offer patients a unique experience that will build your reputation in your area and beyond.

Don’t settle for traditional approaches to building patient relationships. Your patients today are looking for ways to make their experience more convenient, comfortable and successful. Give them what they want with customized solutions from PatientNOW and New Look Now. To learn more, contact us today at 800-436-3150.

14
Mar

Utilizing Online Scheduling

Online scheduling is becoming a popular option for plastic surgeons today for a variety of reasons. This automated feature, offered with your PatientNOW software package, provides numerous benefits for both you and your patients. When you effectively implement your online scheduling program, you will see increases to your office efficiency as well as your patient satisfaction. Check out these tips for making the most of your online scheduling software solution.

Accurate Scheduling

When properly implemented and used, online scheduling ensures your patients are correctly scheduled with the provider in your office they need to see, whether that is you, another surgeon on your office or another member of your medical staff. An online system takes the guesswork out of the scheduling process, minimizing errors for both your staff and your patients. Online solutions also ensure the schedule of each member of your staff moves as efficiently as possible, as patients are scheduled automatically for sufficient time based on their specific needs.

Ensuring Room Availability

Like the availability of your staff, you want to know the office rooms necessary for your patients’ appointments are also open for their needs. Online scheduling can also be used to preserve the availability of your examination and treatment rooms as they are needed for your patient flow each day. In addition, you can use your online scheduling software to track patients through the flow of your office, so you know where each patient is and how long they are there.

Reducing No-Shows

Online scheduling can also be used to remind patients automatically when their appointments are coming up. This automated reminder system greatly reduces patient no-shows when it is implemented, since you won’t hear patients telling you they “forgot” about their appointments. A reduction in no-shows increases your revenue flow while improving your office efficiency – a win-win for busy practices.

Rescheduling Cancellations

No-shows are not the only scheduling issue that can cost you money. Cancellations that are not filled can also decrease your revenue as well as your office flow. When cancellations do occur, you can use your online scheduling tool to fill the empty slots on your calendar. This allows patients that are waiting to see you a chance to get in earlier, a positive feature of your patient relations. In addition, automatically filling those cancellations keeps your office humming at top efficiency and your revenue stream going strong.

Printed Check-In Documents

Another step that can slow down the efficiency of your daily schedule is having patients fill out forms when they come in for their initial consultation. Instead of taking valuable office time for this step, your scheduling software provides the forms online so your patients can print and complete before they come to your office. This provides new patients the opportunity to ask questions prior to their first visit and gives you a chance to review their information before their consultation.

PatientNOW provides online scheduling as a part of their customizable EMR and Patient Engagement packages. This tool features color-coded appointments, wait list capabilities, automated reminders, and much more. Contact PatientNOW today at 800-436-3150 to find out how our products can help you make your practice more efficient and patient-friendly.