Once the must-have communication status symbol, pagers have given way to the technology of the smart phone. Yet the pager has hung around in the healthcare industry as a preferred, reliable communication tool for many a long time healthcare provider. With the advent of secure text messaging it is now time to ditch the pager.
Most health care providers send text messages and emails throughout their day. Unfortunately many are choosing unsecured methods of transmission. Bad news for protecting patient data and worse yet, a clear HIPAA violation.
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Looking for a medical answering service can be a bit distressful, especially if you run a medical practice. You want a partner that can provide the same level of quality that your own team does, especially as your patient experience bears more importance than ever – Health insurance companies will downgrade practices and health systems with poor patient feedback.
While few people are happy with the current state of healthcare in the United States, one ray of sunshine comes from the growing role medical answering services and healthcare call centers play in providing professional, personal care and attention to patients and their caregivers. Most everyone knows a medical answering service takes messages for patients who call after-hours. What they may not know is that an answering service can do so much more.
Patient care coordination means different things to different people, from provider to patient, and from insurer to the network that connects them all. Regardless of how you define it, everyone’s goals are the same: enhance quality, streamline the provision of services, increase efficiency, and reduce costs.