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Scheduling Services for Medical Offices

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Maintaining efficient use of time in any medical environment can be a difficult task. Doctors, nurses and patients need to be properly coordinated in order to maximize the qualitative and quantitative care given to patients. Creating this efficiency requires comprehensive scheduling solutions that allow for the most effective use of office personnel at all times. Many companies try to sell independent software that can be used in the office to keep track of scheduling, but an Integrated Medical Management solution may be a better choice.

Integrated Medical Management has the ability to manage your office scheduling with services including surgery and anesthesiologist scheduling, timely provider notification of changes, point systems availability and remote access. This integrated medical management solution will allow your office to run smoothly and maximize patient care without having to worry about the maintenance of onsite software or taking up the valuable time of medical office employees.

Scheduling services can be especially helpful to doctors who find that they are working between different offices or clinics. Remote access to scheduling can allow them to coordinate patients and services across multiple offices and clinics, making health care better for the patient and for the doctor. With the help of online scheduling, medical office staff can easily manage doctor’s appointment schedules, patient records and individual appointments. This will ultimately lead to better patient care and a more efficient and successful medical practice.

How Telehealth Helps Docs Help the Underserved

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

A new study published in the June 2 online issue of the New England Journal of Medicine and the June 9 print edition reveals that telehealth can help doctors help the underserved. Researchers at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC) developed a model called Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) to bring effective treatment to those with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in underserved areas by providing state-of-the-art medical knowledge to primary care providers and nurses.

Community-based medical teams (including physicians and nurses) participated in weekly clinics with specialists using videoconference or teleconference lines. They jointly discussed patients’ medical history, reviewed lab results and other findings and collaborated on treatment plans using evidence-based treatment approaches.

After studying outcomes for 407 patients undergoing treatment for HCV infection at 21 community settings, they found that the HCV infection was cured at a similar rate for patients treated at these community-based settings as patients treated at the university clinic.

Although treatment for HCV is available and effective, it has been known to cause serious side effects and has to be managed by a medical team as a result. Surgical scheduling, care and treatment aren’t available outside of university medical centers in Las Vegas, which makes Project ECHO so important.

Another important factor is that because most of the patients at the community setting were Hispanic, the study also increased treatment for underserved and minority patients. AHRQ’s 2010 National Healthcare Quality Report (released in February) revealed that Hispanics had worse access to integrated medical care and health services.