Like every business, doctor's offices run on computers and software. These tools are essential for scheduling, charting, storing patient records and billing. When a patient arrives in a doctor's office they are usually handed a clipboard and required to complete multiple lengthy forms each visit. Once the patient is finished, they return the clipboard to the staff and take a seat. The staff manually enter the information into the practice management software, updating as necessary. Health history forms and medication forms are added to the clinical or EHR software separately. Not only is does this process require lots of paper and duplicate work, it may not even be necessary if there are no updates to the patient's existing information. Staff are then wasting valuable tie that could be devoted to other tasks on scanning the patient's paperwork for any changes. All together, it is a real time waster for patients, doctors, and staff. Plus, it makes a doctor's waiting room even busier and lengthens wait times.
In a practice that uses mobile technology like MacPractice apps for iPad, the patient signs in on an iPad with the Patient Check In app without staff assistance. Check In exchanges data with the practice management software database, so the patient is not required to indicate whom they are seeing or the time - the software already knows. Checking in on the iPad interacts with MacPractice users in the office to notify the doctor and clinical staff of the patient's arrival.
The patient can complete intake forms, sign a HIPAA release, enter their History, Meds, and Allergies, and take their own photo using an iPad with the Clipboard app. Because Clipboard interacts with MacPractice's desktop software, patient information entered when the appointment was made is in their forms and ready for review. Once submitted, the data pushes into the practice management software. Presto - the patient has entered the data themselves and the front desk does not have to enter any data. It's faster and easier for everyone.
Fast forward to the exam room. Because the digital Clipboard interacts with everything else, the patient's health history is in MacPractice EHR and iEHR for iPad. The clinical staff can review the health history on either a Mac or on an iPad, or both. Forms are interchangeable between the iPad and desktop, so doctors can switch devices if the visit calls for it. Doctors can also electronically prescribe, order lab tests, and provide patient instructions.
MacPractice practice management software can be used to transform visits and streamline workflow. The benefits are realized by using mobile apps and devices interacting with MacPractice Practice Management Software, such as MacPractice Check In, Clipboard, iEHR, and iEHR.