A 2011 report by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, found that during the year, there were more than 125 million hospital visits. Given the increases in population and availability of care, that figure surely has gone up significantly since then. And in every visit, one of the more frustrating things for a person is the patient intake form.
If you show up at a practice for the first time and have to fill out a whole host of forms, the patient intake form is one of the most time-consuming, annoying things to deal with. Even if you are a returning patient, the chance that you will have to fill out additional information to supplement your previous forms can make for an extra hassle.
That’s why more and more practices are focusing on their patient intake processes. There are dozens of ways that you can easily improve patient intake without decreasing the amount of information that you receive. In addition, improving your processes will surely be appreciated by the patients you see on a regular basis. An online patient intake form offers both patients and practices the chance to have solutions in multiple areas. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits.
Accuracy. Having the patient intake form moved to a digital format improves accuracy because it gives patients the opportunity to fill them out at home before they even get in the car and visit your office. This is beneficial in a number of ways. First, it allows your patients to fill out their information at their own pace without feeling rushed. Second, providing your clients with digital intake forms allows them to fill them out using legible, easy-to-read letters instead of bad handwriting. In addition, transitioning to digital intake forms allows submissions to a central server. This means you can track important paperwork without it getting lost or misplaced during the traditional filing process. Digital intake forms also prevent your staff members from having to transcribe written documents into an electronic health record. Allowing your team to work on other, more pressing matters.
Workflow. Transitioning to digital intake forms also increases efficiency and improves workflow at your office. When your front office staff is able to focus on making sure your patients are seen in an efficient, timely manner instead of putting away reams of forms into folders and then into different cabinets, it lessens the pressure that they are under as well. Think about it. How many times do you have to wait for one of your staff members to locate an important file? At least once every week, right? Having your records done digitally allows for easier searching and allocation. That means fewer headaches, less confusion, improved efficiency at your practice and happier customers. It’s a win-win-win for everyone involved.
Satisfaction. Going to the doctor can be a stressful experience. After all, nobody wants to get sick, and if they are sick, they don’t want to have to worry about waiting for hours to see the doctor. When your intake process is easy and hassle-free, it ensures your client’s needs are met. And, when they’re needs are met, they’re more likely to refer you and your practice to friends and family members. Simply stated, transitioning to digital intake forms has a ripple effect.
The MedUSA intake form is so easy to implement, you’ll wonder why you ever thought to go somewhere else. The Med Prime Intake application is designed for the initial intake of patients into ambulatory clinics and urgent care settings. It was created to minimize the need for a patient to log in to submit intake documentation. To achieve these goals, a link is provided to each new patient, allowing them to register for their upcoming visit electronically instead of via paper. What’s more, the application works on Windows and Mac and can also be accessed via desktop or mobile.
Any patient is able to input all of their demographic and insurance data, along with their medical history and how they are feeling that day. Once a patient has completed their registration, the clinic can pull in the patient information in two simple steps. The software also allows you to match up medications, highlight allergies, and ask appropriate questions. All of this allows your medical staff to switch from data entry of a paper form to simply clicking import. If necessary, you also have the ability to make updates and edits following your meeting with a patient.
Our commitment to new technologies is one of the reasons we’ve been in business for nearly four decades: We make sure that you get excellent service. Whether it’s a small practice or a larger provider, we provide scalable solutions for everything from revenue cycle management to credentialing, and from medical billing to electronic health records. Get in touch with us today and find out how we can make your practice’s workflow go smoother than ever before.