Medical practices are under increasing pressure to maintain efficiency and connectivity, while improving the customer experience, breaking even, and remaining compliant with industry regulations. The doors don’t just open and the doctor is in. Medical practices are meticulous operations with weighty demands and consuming compliance regulations. Medical practices that have adopted the cloud have benefited greatly, improving daily operations and cutting costs.
5 Ways Cloud Services Improve Your Medical Practice
Cloud services benefit your medical practice a number of ways, and we want to introduce you to a few favorites.
1. Improve continuity of care
Patients do not like to wait, and doctors do not like to keep them waiting. So why bog them down with paperwork, inaccurate information, and snail-paced care? A cloud-based system ensures the patient’s information is updated electronically, easily recovered, safe, and secure. Cloud services permit doctors and other healthcare professionals to work together, even if they are miles apart. Doctors can tap into the knowledge and expertise of leading specialists to complete the care of the patient. Cloud services also allow doctors to recognize potential dangers or drug interactions when viewing a patient’s electronic chart.
2. Fast track claims process
Claims take up a lot of time in a medical office. A cloud-based software system enables practices to submit and update claims electronically, monitor claims, and fix claim. Everything needed for a claim, from patient records to billing and invoicing is housed in the cloud-based system. The sooner billing and invoices are processed and submitted, the better the revenue flow in the medical practice.
3. Protect identity and patient records
The walls of filing cabinets and ages-old records are far from secure. A small lock on a filing cabinet or a password on a desktop screen does very little to protect the patient and the practice from the prying eyes of criminals, a natural disaster, or a coffee pot fire. Cloud-based systems ensure every note, record, and patient name in the database is safe from intruders and disaster, and that it is easily accessible for an authorized user at any given moment.
4. Cut paper costs
Doctors’ offices are swimming in paper. Offices send and receive thousands of faxes every month, print referrals, print drug information. You name it; it is printed. Paperwork can bog down an office, but cloud-based services can greatly reduce the burden. Cloud services cut costs for paper and provide the healthcare provider a place for the clinical-information supply chain so they can care for patients and be paid, instead of worrying about the paper explosion.
5. Tailor a patient experience
When you work with an IT company that specializes in cloud services for the healthcare industry, you are able to tap into the expertise and experience few can provide. The team gets to know your practice, your concerns, your security system, and your patients’ needs to tailor a cloud product that cuts costs and improves efficiency. As a medical provider, you can authorize your patients to view their medical records electronically, ask questions, research medical conditions and medication information, to find nearby pharmacies, to locate specialists, and many other services.
It is important to note that not all clouds are the same. Medical practices require a different set of strategies and systems, and IPro Media assists with helping you understand them.