For many acupuncture practitioners, the goal of running a successful practice is to be able to help more patients in less time. After all, effective and efficient patient care is paramount for any business. Oftentimes, acupuncturists find themselves bogged down by tedious paperwork, long business hours, and workloads that seem too big to tackle. If this sounds like your practice, take heart! There are several ways you can increase efficiency without needing to do more work. Read on to learn three tips that will help you become more productive and provide higher-quality care while working fewer hours.
1. Implement an Electronic Health Record (EHR) System
First and foremost, an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system streamlines your practice by automating repetitive tasks, simplifying documentation, and making it easier to manage your patients’ information. With an EHR system, you can eliminate the need for paper-based records, which can be time-consuming to manage and organize. This will save you a significant amount of time and reduce errors, allowing you to focus on providing quality care to your patients.
Unified Practice is an EHR solution that does all of this and more. Unified Practice allows for easy and secure communication between practitioners and patients, including messaging and telehealth consultations. This improved communication can lead to better patient engagement and satisfaction. Unified Practice also generates reports and analytics on patient outcomes and practice performance, allowing practitioners to identify areas for improvement and make data-driven decisions.
2. Utilize Online Scheduling
Online scheduling allows patients to book appointments at any time, from anywhere, without having to make a phone call or visit the clinic in person. This can increase the number of appointments and reduce missed appointments due to scheduling conflicts or forgetfulness. Automating appointment booking can streamline the process for both acupuncturists and patients.
Unified Practice offers a comprehensive online scheduling feature that simplifies the appointment booking process. With iCal and Google Cal Sync, scheduling appointments becomes effortless. The system allows patients to book appointments in two ways: they can choose a time that works for them or send a request. Additionally, patients can book appointments right from the practice’s website using the “Book Now” feature. The online scheduling feature is multi-location compatible and allows patients to choose between multiple practitioners. Each practitioner’s availability can be customized by room and location, making it easier to manage appointments. To make the scheduling process even more convenient, smartphone scheduling apps are available for both iPhone and Android users.
3. Implement Automated Reminders
Automated reminders can significantly reduce the rate of missed appointments by reminding patients of their upcoming appointments. Patients are less likely to forget about their scheduled appointments if they receive reminders in advance. By setting up automated reminders, you can reduce the need to manually contact each patient, which can be time-consuming and frustrating.
Unified Practice’s automated appointment reminders feature is a game-changer for acupuncture practitioners who want to reduce the number of late patients and no-shows. With this feature, text and email appointment reminders are sent to patients, increasing the likelihood that they will show up for their appointment on time. In addition, reminders are sent to patients to complete any necessary paperwork before arriving at the office. Practitioners are also notified in real-time if a patient changes their appointment. Daily schedule reminders are sent to practitioners to keep them on track and ensure they are prepared for their upcoming appointments. For added convenience, the automated reminders feature is also available on the iPhone and Android mobile app. Finally, the system can automatically charge late cancellation and no-show fees, increasing revenue and encouraging patients to show up for their appointments.
Transform Your Practice with Unified Practice’s Suite of Tools
These solutions save time, reduce errors, increase patient engagement and satisfaction, and ultimately help practitioners provide higher-quality care to their patients. With Unified Practice, acupuncturists have access to a comprehensive suite of tools that increase efficiency and allow them to focus on what matters most—helping patients achieve optimal health and wellness. By adopting these solutions, practitioners can improve their practice’s performance and take their patient care to the next level. Sign up today!