Practice Management Software
Time is money. If you want your practice to be as efficient and economically prosperous as possible, you don’t want to spend valuable time dealing with the effects of clutter and chaos. Disorganization is shown to have a direct negative impact on productivity and, by extension, your earning potential as a practice.
Whether you feel like you’re drowning in papers or you want to learn tips to take your efficiency to the next level, here are some tips to help you and your team get organized. Contact our team today to learn more about the strategies we can help you implement to ensure you’re getting the most out of your practice.
Clean Up the Clutter
When you have so many different things demanding your attention throughout the day, it can be difficult to keep on top of everything. If you’re not careful, papers and other clutter can accumulate faster than you realize. Once the pile starts to get away from you, it can be hard to ever work your way back through without having to set aside valuable time to sort through everything.
It’s easier to avoid getting yourself into this mess in the first place once you have organizational strategies in place. You might create a unique filing system for handling the various kinds of mail that comes through your office. Perhaps you set specific team members in charge of returning calls. The best system of organization is the one that works for you and your team.
Don’t Let Your Time Manage You
It can be difficult to prioritize the different duties of your work. It’s rare that even an hour will go by without a variety of different distractions. While you’ll have the occasional emergency that demands immediate response, most of these interruptions will not need to be addressed right away.
Resist the urge to drop everything every time a new email or task arises. Operating this way will only make it harder to actually accomplish any of your duties on time. Instead, learn to prioritize which things need to be addressed immediately and which can be done later. Delegate what can be passed to another and clarify deadlines for things that must be completed by you to allow accurate prioritization of tasks.
The day-to-day efficiency of your business can impact its long-term success. Don’t waste your time digging through clutter because you’re working without a plan. For more strategies for your success, contact our office.
Key Performance Indicator Software
Though most of the attacks making headlines are those aimed at large organizations or political groups, roughly a third of all data security breaches in the last few years have occurred in the health care industry. Of these, employee error caused three times as many breaches as external attacks. In addition, more than half of the businesses who experience a security breach have fewer than 1,000 employees.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires all health care providers to take steps to protect the private information of their patients from hackers, thieves, and staff. While no data security system is foolproof, there are some best practices that can help to decrease your risk of an information breach, especially from employee error. Here are some of the best practices you should be enforcing:
- All computers should be placed where screens are not visible to patients or visitors.
- Every computer should have an encrypted password for access.
- All passwords should contain a mixture of letters, numbers, and/or symbols and should be changed regularly.
- Passwords should never be written down in any place accessible by the public. It is preferable that they not be written down at all.
- Every staff member must be fully educated about the importance of data security practices, their responsibility to follow these practices, and the potential repercussions for failing to comply.
- Office computers and internet should not be used to check personal email or visit non-work-related websites.
- Ensure all firewalls, software, and operating systems are kept up to date.
- Wireless networks should be shielded from public view.
- Every computer should have antivirus software installed and kept up to date.
- Do not access office data remotely from a shared computer or unknown WiFi network.
- Smartphones, tablets, laptops that have access to any work systems or emails should be password protected in case lost or stolen.
- All hard copies of patient data should be shredded.
- All transmitted data should be encrypted.
- Sensitive information, such as social security numbers, financial data, or other private information, should never be sent through email or instant messaging services.
- Consider purchasing cyber insurance protection.
- If a breach does occur, take appropriate action immediately. Contact your legal counsel for advice.
Your first and best defense against the theft of sensitive patient information is the integration of data security best practices into your practice policies. Meet with your team to discuss any changes you need to make and your expectations of compliance. Protect yourself, your team, and your patients by working to protect the integrity of your systems.
Contact our office today.
Key Performance Indicator Software
You and your team are personally involved in your business daily. This can make it difficult to evaluate the areas of opportunity that are available to you. Even the most well-trained team can have instances of inefficiency or miscommunication, leading to breakdowns in patient care and impacting your workplace environment.
Just as you recommend your patients receive a full examination annually, we recommend the same for your business. Whether we have an ongoing relationship with you or it’s been years since we’ve evaluated your team, we recommend scheduling a checkup of your practice. During this evaluation, we may recommend the following:
- Evaluate current practice goals and benchmarks
- Evaluate team morale and motivation
- Evaluate your systems and protocols
- Evaluate overall patient satisfaction
- Create a success plan for moving forward
All too often, business owners attempt to motivate their team with no outside guidance. In some cases, this approach can have some success. However, as a business owner, it can be difficult to see the patient perspective or to evaluate a team member without being influenced by your personal connection. Having a person outside of your organization reinforce the importance of your systems can be difference between stagnation and the progress you desire.
If you’re looking to make this year even better than the last, schedule your consultation today.