Demand for health care rises faster and faster every single year. Baby boomers continue to grow older, causing a heightened need for doctors, nurses, and various health care professionals to step into the picture and provide much-needed services to our aging population.

How do we meet these needs?

 Today’s medical professionals need to be able to combine their expertise with new technology and use these tools to improve efficiencies and the patient experience.

However, doctors are finding it increasingly difficult to juggle not only the medical work they do but also the additional responsibilities that come with running their practice. These tasks can include things like:

  • Eligibility verification
  • Financial reporting
  • Payment posting
  • Patient follow-up

 In fact, many doctors get overwhelmed and see their practices start to fail due to their inability to manage them properly. 

 Thankfully, there are a number of technological advances that are helping doctors find ways to increase efficiencies and reduce pain points across their practice.

This, in turn, is helping them connect with their patients and consistently provide higher quality care.

Here are some new ways in which technological advances are making a difference:

Electronic Bill Pay for Patients

doctors papaya appAs we move into the future, it continues to become easier for patients to pay their medical bills.

New apps, such as Papaya, are making it possible for patients to simply take a picture of their health related bills to submit payment.

 People can use any payment method, including debit and credit cards, or directly link your bank accounts. HSA and FSA cards are also accepted for health related payments.

The app leverages computer vision, self-learning algorithms and payment automation techniques to make sure that every payment is finalized.

 

Electronic Medical & Health Records (EMR/EHR)

Electronic Health Records and Electronic Medical Records are helping the health care system improve in dramatic ways. Doctors offices across the country are quickly replacing paper records with electronic ones, a shift which is bringing benefits to both patients and physicians in many ways.

Embracing all of these changes can be confusing. To learn more about what to consider before digitizing records, check out our blog post Five Questions to Ask Before Digitizing Patient Records

There are many benefits to making this switch, such as:

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Less storage requirements

Paper records require storage. This can of course be quite costly, and also makes it necessary to have someone managing these papers on a regular basis. Additionally, there's also a risk that somebody could come into the office and stela these records. Electronic records on the other hand do not need any physical space, which can be expensive for most offices. 

Less Mistakes

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Health Records (EHR) have been shown to reduce the amount of mistakes and errors that are made with paper records.

This is a significant benefit to physicians as it builds trust among their practice. Additionally, less mistakes can lead to lower costs associated with insurance premiums and potential lawsuits. 

more focused staff

Reducing the amount of work required to manage records helps staff become more focused on other issues that need their attention.

Many doctors offices become strained and overwhelmed from having to manage too many tasks, which can lead to errors and mismanagement of important materials. 

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more accessibility

One of the best parts of switching to electronic records is the incredible boost in accessibility it provides. Patients are able to make any appointment changes they may need to and easily view their own medical record online.

Doctors can also communicate with these patients better and let them know of any changes to their subscriptions or other medical situations.

They can see all of their patient's information in one convenient place which reduces the risk of missing information. With paper records, the physical reality makes it possible for papers to go missing or become illegible over time. 

Getting Started We can work with your practice to ensure that your EMR/EHR system functions with your office workflow as well as work with you through the preliminary stages of your implementation.   

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