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.
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.