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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.


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    How Healthcare Pros Can Stay Up to Date on the Go

    Whether it’s simply the latest industry news or keeping pace with all those continuing education credits needed to keep your skills up to date, physicians and healthcare workers face an overwhelming amount of information they should get through regularly. It’s easy to become inundated, especially when your time is at a premium, and to feel inclined to wash your hands of the entire endeavour.

    However, it is possible for stretched-thin healthcare pros to update themselves while on the go, whether it’s during your daily commute or a quick information injection over your lunch break. Here’s a couple of ways to keep pace without slowing down.

    Research Relevant Apps To Keep You Updated

    Depending on your specific healthcare niche, there are a variety of apps available to keep pros apprised of industry news. For example, apps like DocNews, Docphine and Read by QxMD aggregated relevant articles and journal publications into a single feed for physicians to browse through — so it’s simple to flip through the latest scientific findings from your favourite medical journal on your smartphone while waiting in the coffee queue.

    Listen To A Medical Podcast on Your Commute

    Many of us spend many minutes — or even hours — commuting daily to our workplaces. Why not use this time to familiarize yourself with recent industry news? A wealth of high-quality medical podcasts make that possible. There are dozens of top-notch audio feeds available that are tailored to your profession and industry. With just a quick download, you can get all the latest news on the drive to work, while catching the subway or even while doing laundry.

  • Treatment Notes and Patient Timeline

    Now you can document and store treatment progress of your clients in IntakeQ. The Treatment Notes are powered by our existing intake form engine, which means they can be created using the many question formats we offer. Check out this article to learn how to use this new feature.

  • Require Email Confirmation for Your Public Forms

    Let’s say you choose to have a form you created through IntakeQ displayed on your website. In order to avoid spammers and authenticate users who fill the form out, you can now require that your clients confirm their e-mail address before accessing the form.  Check out this article to learn about the feature.