• 4 Reasons You Should Schedule Workday Breaks

    These days, it’s easy for healthcare workers (or any office workers) to get so busy and bogged down with their daily responsibilities that they neglect to take a break. No coffee break, no lingering at the watercooler, no lunch away from their desk.

    One reason for this is that taking frequent breaks is often erroneously associated with lack of productivity. However, that isn’t necessarily the case. More and more studies show that taking regular breaks actually aids in productivity rather than detract from it.

    So, why else should you make time for those regular breaks throughout the day? Here’s a few other reasons:

    Working Smarter is Better Than Working Harder

    Just because you’re putting in long hours with your nose to the grindstone doesn’t mean you’re actually making a bigger impact. Doing efficient, more productive work for shorter periods of time is far more effective than putting in 10-12 hours where you’re simply languishing at your workstation.

    Brain Food is Necessary

    Breakfast and lunch should be non-negotiables in your day. Why? Because feeding your mind means you’re feeding your brain. Anyone who has skipped one too many meals will confess that it’s almost impossible to concentrate for sustained periods of time when your stomach is rumbling.

    Short Breaks Sustain Concentration

    Studies have shown over and over again that taking short breaks (think 15 minutes or so) actually helps rejuvenate brain function and helps you maintain concentration for longer. So don’t be shy about taking that stretch break or grabbing a quick coffee to get your juices flowing again.

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    How to Declutter Your Email to Achieve Inbox Zero

    Much of the daily battle many healthcare providers face is tackling a full email inbox. It seems impossible to respond to every correspondence as promptly as needed, and as a result, those emails simply pile higher and higher in your inbox.

    Never fear — getting to inbox zero is highly achievable (but it’ll take a bit of work). If you’re ready to do some spring cleaning and final do a digital declutter, here’s some helpful tips on achieving the lofty goal of maintaining an empty inbox.

    Create a Filing System

    This seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at the number of professionals who have no real filing system when it comes to their emails. Emails are often left sitting because recipients are unsure about where to put them so they don’t get lost. But creating a filing system that makes sense for your inbox and needs can help you declutter and keep it that way.

    Use the Archive Function

    Many people simply ready and reply to emails and leave them sitting there. Once they’ve been appropriately dealt with, get those emails out of your life forever with the “Archive” function that comes standard with most email clients.

    Unsubscribe

    Get rid of those ridiculous newsletters taking up precious inbox space. Every external email (whether you signed up for them or not) should earn its place in your life. So take a few minutes to unsubscribe from newsletters, promotional emails, or other automated junk that’s regularly sent your way.

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    How Electronic Health Records Can Save You Money

    Going digital is an inevitable, no matter what type of practice you run. Although all records for patients were kept on paper in the past, digitized records are the way of the future. And not only can these electronic health records (more commonly known as EHRs) save you time, but going digital can also save you money.

    Digital Records Can Reduce Medical Errors

    Medical errors are not only a drain on the healthcare system, but physicians of all types can spend a lot of time, effort and dollars treating complications due to a medical error. But EHRs can help reduce these kinds of medical errors, from proffering the wrong treatment to prescribing the wrong dosage of medication.

    Easily Share Records Across Providers

    In the past, one healthcare provider would need to fax sensitive records of a patient over to a new provider. However, digitized records make sharing these kinds of records quick, easy and secure.

    Billing Integration Means Quicker Payments

    Many EHR systems also offer full integration with a billing side of the platform. This kind of seamless integration between the digitized records of a patient and billing for their account can save healthcare providers a lot of time and money. Digitized records and billing integration can mean quicker payments for healthcare professionals, as well as quicker reimbursements for patients.

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    3 Productivity Hacks for Physicians

    As we all know, there are innumerable demands on a doctor’s time. Whether it’s seeing dozens of patients in a day, inputting their information into medical records, or directing auxiliary staff, there’s only so many hours in a day.

    So, how can physicians work more efficiently to get more done in their day? Here’s a few helpful hacks to streamline your processes and ultimately boost your practice’s bottom line.

    Avoid Multitasking
    This may seem counter-intuitive. Wouldn’t it make sense efficiency-wise to engage in more than one task at a time?

    Not necessarily. Most people don’t multitask well, and it often takes them twice as long to complete those tasks they’re attempting to juggle. But if physicians can take the time to focus on the task at hand, whether it’s examining a patient or delivering a diagnoses, they can generally get through their daily volume of patients far quicker. The trick is to focus on the task at hand — try not to relive the last interaction or worry about the next patient in the waiting room next door.

    Put the Right Support Staff in Place (And Train Them Well)
    This one should be no surprise. Having the right staff in place can make all the difference when it comes to streamlining your work as a doctor. Take the time to ensure the right staff members are in the correct positions. Human resources are valuable to lean upon, especially when they’re colleagues you can trust to perform their duties quickly and efficiently.

    And finding the right people to fill those roles takes time and investment — whether that comes in the form of professional development or really taking the time to train them well.

    Automate Where Possible
    Technology is a beautiful thing you should take advantage of with your practice. With advanced software and other high-tech tools at your disposal, you can automate some of your more tedious processes. That could mean an electronic healthcare records (EHR) system that offers both billing and built-in analytics functions to keep track of payments and how many of which procedures are in demand.

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    Why It Pays to Hire People Who Speak the Healthcare Language

    Regardless of what kind of practice you run, finding and hiring the right people is an integral piece of your business’ puzzle. The right staff members can keep a practice running without a hitch, like a well-oiled machine.

    Not sure how to find employees who speak the language of your practice? Here’s a few tips to guide you through the discovery and hiring process.

    Find the Passionate

    Many people enter the healthcare field because they have a passion for helping others. It’s a good idea to search for potential staffers who have harnessed this kind of enthusiasm and focus it into their career.

    Hiring someone who genuinely believes in the mission of your practice and the services you provide will help them fit in culturally. And passionate workers also tend to provide better service for your patients as well.

    Lifelong Learners

    Even if a candidate doesn’t tick all the boxes as far as experience is concerned, the right staffer will have an open mind and is willing to learn on the job. Most practice processes can be learned in training, so finding someone who is unafraid to learn new things (and is excited about doing so) can go a long way when it comes to fitting in at your practice.

    Hire From Within the Ranks

    This may seem intuitive, but many practices and industries put an undue focus on external recruiting. However, it can often make more sense to hire someone from within the ranks of your business. They are already familiar with your practice, and likely speak your language. They also likely have an understanding of your expectations and how you work, which would make the transition into a lateral move or promotion far easier.