The prevailing global pandemic has forced us to rethink how we do business. From department stores to restaurants and healthcare practices, we've all had to adapt and innovate on our feet. As experts continue to issue public advisories, many individuals have become increasingly wary of anything that places them at risk of contracting the coronavirus. This includes being in close contact with objects or people who might expose them to the virus.
As a dental or medical practice, how do you ensure that you retain your patients' trust and confidence and serve them without putting anyone at risk?
Healthcare providers, including dentists, medical spas, primary care centers, and other relevant parties, must adopt strategic measures in response to patient and staff needs. Digitizing your operations in this COVID era is the best way to ensure continuity during and beyond the pandemic. One of the quickest and yet impressively effective ways of digitizing your practice is through electronic patient forms.
Whether you're onboarding a new patient or seeing a returning one, patient forms are integral to all medical practices. By choosing electronic patient forms, you stand to gain numerous benefits, many of which are passed to the patient.
Are you considering switching to electronic patient forms? Maybe the statistics coming out of the pandemic might jolt you into action. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been a steep decline in cash transactions and ATM withdrawals, by 40 percent and 90 percent, respectively. This tells you that people worldwide are consciously choosing to forego any undertakings that might put them at risk of infection. It's reasonable to expect this caution to extend beyond the pandemic.
As a dental or medical practice, electronic patient forms offer numerous, significant advantages, including:
Enhanced Efficiency and Patient Satisfaction
We can all agree that nobody likes long waiting times and that filling patient forms at every visit is frustrating and draining. With electronic patient forms, your patients can supply relevant information before their appointment at their convenience. This way, you'll have all the pertinent information you need to prepare for the appointment. The result is enhanced workflow efficiency, shorter treatment times, and increased patient satisfaction.
Ease of Sharing and Collaboration
If your dental or medical practice has several health professionals who need to work collaboratively, then you need a system that supports this. Electronic patient forms are easier to share, and your patients and staff don't have to walk around your practice carrying a bunch of papers. When all health or dental professionals can view a patient's complete information, they get a comprehensive view of the patient, which significantly improves their professional interaction.
Accuracy of Data Captured
Sometimes, patients may struggle to provide or remember the correct information when filling physical forms in the waiting rooms. With electronic patient forms, your patients are in a better position to supply accurate information since they can cross-check any details at their convenience, e.g., by referring to past treatment documents and prescriptions, etc.
What's more, with electronic patient forms, you don't need your office staff to transcribe any patient data from one format to another. This further eliminates the room for error, thus ensuring only accurate information is captured in your database.
Safety and Security
Physical forms can get lost or end up in the wrong hands. Electronic patient forms offer a greater degree of security since you can put in place security controls to guarantee the privacy and integrity of patient information. Please note that electronic patient forms must be HIPAA compliant, or else your practice might end up attracting legal battles and incurring hefty penalties. Adit Patient Forms are made with the healthcare industry in mind and are HIPAA compliant.
Less paperwork means that you don't have to worry about printing and scanning costs. You also will not have to lose sleep over physical storage space, since everything is stored electronically.
If you're ready to switch from traditional paper forms to electronic patient forms, we encourage you to reach out to Adit right away. Adit's Patient Forms are what you require to modernize your practice today.
Here's what Adit can do for you:
Adit Patient Forms also give you the option of choosing to enable eSign, a capability that allows your patients to sign their forms electronically. We utilize military encryption to safeguard the integrity of the data shared via Patient Forms.
Do you want to digitize your practice by making electronic patient forms a part of your operations? Contact Adit today and let us get you started on the process of transforming your patient experience.