Is Your Medical Scheduling Software A Heartbeat Away From Flatlining?

With the current health care reform bill rapidly fading into the twilight of the infamous "what could have been" category, I thought I would attempt to get some feedback from health care professionals on what the future may hold in regards to some of the behind the scene logistics, updates and changes that will inevitably face us as the bill becomes law. In particular: Medical Scheduling Software.

One of the easiest to overlook aspects of this whole debate is the disastrous shape our current medical records and administrative applications are being controlled, maintained and administered. Will the current bill do what the hypocratic oath that our loyal health care professionals take before they even begin to treat patients demands? To "First Do No Harm."? Or is this a sleeper cell of administrative terror waiting to strike? Perhaps time will tell but I think it is an item worth discussing and perhaps enabling many to look at this crisis as exactly that, a crisis.

If something as simple as upgrading Medical Scheduling Software is going to throw a monkey wrench into this whole "operation" - what happens when we begin to update and upgrade all the other administrative programs and data banks that hold so much precious information and deliver such vital statistics day after day on a massive scale?

Perhaps I am over thinking this. Perhaps these are frivoulous concerns. Perhaps congress already has a plan built into the enourmous volumes of health care reform speak that ironicly deliver such little relief, Without painting this discussion with my own political point of view but to simply make an observation....I have to say, I have my doubts much thought was give to such minute details.

From my perspective, the solution to this national shame and quite honestly embarrisng issue was such a simple and obvious solution, However in their deftly skilled manner congress has once again somehow managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Our elected officials chose to turn what should have been a slam dunk, or what doctors call a "routine procedure" - into a case for malpractice!

Anyway, I would love to hear your feedback. If perhaps there are some health care providers that may shed some light on this issue that would be an added bonus. Let us know what you think. Looking forward to your thoughts!

Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Is Your Firm Using The Best Medical Software? Know Your Options.

Have you seen the incredible amount of medical software that is available?  Just doing a simple Google search will lead you into an all day web fest! 

From hand held devices to custom made intranets there are just too many options to choose from.  The package that is right for your firm in large part, depends on you.  Whether it be medical scheduling software, medical billing software, medical transcription software, your firm may use one or all of these applications.

So which application is right for you?  If you have only become familiar with the medical scheduling/billing software that your firm uses, you may be losing thousands of dollars a month.  It is so important to know your options.

In the coming days and weeks we are going to attempt to make some of this easier.  We will be reviewing many different applications, beginning next week when we will be looking at Medical Scheduling Software.

The application variety doesn't necessarily end the amount of choices.  There is another conssideration and that is what we like to call the "platform".  Essentially the platform refers to what kind of application a software package is.  Is it self contained on a server at your office?  Is it a remotely hosted application?  More and more forms appear to be migrating to the remotely hosted option for their medical software needs.  This method reduces the amount of technical knowledge you will have to aquire in order to properly maintain your system.  Along those same lines it also removes the need for a staff of IT guys to run your system.

Whatever the platform you are using or if you are in the market to upgrade your current medical scheduling and billing software, we hope to be a voice of clarity in the process.

Sign on to our blog to keep up to date on all of our reviews, comments and announcements.  As always we welcome any feedback you are willing to provide.  The health care professionals are the ones who have the best insite as to what these systems can or can't do as well as what they should be able to do.

As always we are reminded that there is a health care reform bill looming and the need for a more robust and flexible medical software arsenal is becoming more and more apparent.