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How To Improve Patient Scheduling: Best Practices

How To Improve Patient Scheduling: Best Practices

One of the most important factors of health practice management is appointment-setting optimization. By streamlining your patient appointments, you can improve retention rates, patient satisfaction, and financial growth.

This is one of the reasons why the healthcare industry has been so focused on patient scheduling. Plus, the COVID pandemic has changed patient expectations.

So keep reading this blog post to understand how the intersection of technology and the right strategy for end-to-end patient appointment scheduling can enhance your healthcare practice.

Tips For Patient Scheduling

Confirm Appointments In Advance

Using a text message or an email reminder, you can confirm appointments before the scheduled time. This helps reduce no-shows in which the patient does not come to their scheduled slot.

Confirmations also allow you to reschedule with other patients to optimize your available times. This enhances financial growth while making it more convenient for patients.

Automate Question Responses

Using keyword flagging, you can automate responses to common questions. You can also automate confirmations such as cancel, confirm, reschedule, and other phrases. This allows you to reduce the time needed for your medical staff to confirm the appointments.

Automation is also useful in healthcare call center operations. If your staff is spending their time scheduling appointments, that may not be the best use of their day. Instead, you can outsource this to professional medical call centers. Since they receive a high volume of phone calls, they can reduce the communications and workload coming into your staff and enhance productivity.

Identify Trends With Data

You can uncover opportunities by using data to understand your patient flow issues. For instance, you can track which appointment times have the lowest show rate. Using this, you can optimize your open slots for the times the patients are most likely to confirm and show.

Your practice can also test the timing of your messages for confirmation. You may find, for instance, that confirming the day before has a higher show rate than confirming one hour before.

Reach Various Patients With Broadcast Messages

You can confirm more than one appointment at a time using broadcasting software. This scales your patient scheduling confirmations at a high volume.

Allow Patients To Rebook Themselves

By allowing patients to schedule their appointments on their own, you can save time. It’s also more convenient for the patients. They can see a list of available times and choose the one that most accurately fits into their schedule from an online portal or app.

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Reach out to Guideway Care for technology-enabled solutions that complement your healthcare management team.

Our experts can help you achieve better patient care, reduce readmissions, and increase financial performance. Get in touch with our team today and learn how we can help.

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