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By: Stephen O'Connor

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September 13th, 2013

Why Your Office Needs Practice Management Software

Practice Management

Why Your Office Needs Practice Management SoftwareIn the early years after you first opened your medical office, your organization may have been able to get by just fine using a paper-based system to keep everything running smoothly.

However, as your practice grows more complicated and you begin working with a much larger pool of patients, it will soon become clear that practice management software will help you run your office much more efficiently.

Save Time and Money

Every time an employee at your facility has to take time to enter information multiple times into your records, such as a patient’s contact information or a list of current medications, you are wasting valuable time that could be put to much better use.

Practice management software automates patient workflow. You enter data one time, and then it is available to anyone who needs to use it.

You can quickly verify your patient’s current insurance status with the software, set up a follow-up appointment and do billing with EDI. Doctors can easily transmit electronic prescriptions directly to the patient’s preferred pharmacy, which saves time for the physician, patient and pharmacist.

Boost Staff Morale

If your staff has been toiling away with a paper-based system to manage the office, employee morale will undoubtedly improve dramatically once you switch over to practice management software.

Although there may be a bit of an adjustment as everyone learns how to use the software, soon enough they will begin realizing significant time savings and will see themselves making fewer and fewer errors.

Host in the Cloud or Maintain on Your Own Server

Depending on the nature of your organization’s IT department, you might prefer to host your practice management software in the cloud. With a cloud-based application, you typically will pay a monthly fee as long as you use the software. You don’t have to worry about upgrading the software or applying patches as they occur, because the cloud computing services provider’s IT staff will handle these chores for you.

If you would rather have more control over the software, your organization can opt for a customer-hosted approach, with the software staying on your local servers. This is a suitable solution for firms with larger IT staffs who can devote more resources to maintaining your medical practice management software.

Key Takeaways

  • Modern medical offices need practice management software to function as efficiently as possible.
  • You can use cloud-based practice management software or host the application on your firm’s own server.
  • Your staff’s morale should improve once they begin working with the practice management software and see how much time they save in processing patients.

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About Stephen O'Connor

As a Director of Digital Marketing at Advanced Data Systems Corporation, Stephen spends his day's planning, writing, & designing resources for the modern healthcare professional. He has a strong affinity for snow crab legs, the ocean, and Rutgers Football.

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