When you receive the calling to serve the greater good through your medical practice, you want to make sure the people in your care get the best treatment available. After all, a patient’s quality of life starts with the quality of care they receive.
The best way for you, as a provider, to make sure your patients receive the best patient care possible is to streamline your private practice. By doing so, you will be less distracted and better able to focus on the needs of your patients.
Here are some ways to streamline your processes and provide optimal patient care.
Develop a cohesive mission statement
It all begins with your mission statement. What is the one thing you want patients to take away from their experience in your care? Define that one thing and you can better shape everything else in your private practice. This way, there is no confusion over what drives you to do the work you do.
With this in place, your staff knows exactly why they come into work every day and can better serve your patients. Plus, you won’t have to worry about everyone not being on the same page when it comes to the quality of service that you provide to your patients.
Set clear expectations for staff
Create a staff handbook, complete with a mission statement, and clear expectations for each member of your team. Include qualities such as time management, respect for patient confidentiality, and a commitment to the team, among others.
You can also include policies such as time off in place of shift trades or that all physicians are covered by the staff manual. By clearly defining what you expect from your team, they can better know their responsibilities and how to maintain optimal patient care.
Of course, not everything can be covered by the handbook, which is why you should also conduct regular staff evaluations. Hold a yearly meeting to review the mission statement, expectations, and policies with your employees.
Conduct regular staff evaluations
With a staff handbook and mission statement in place, you can better conduct regular assessments of your staff to ensure strong teamwork is maintained. Each member of the team should know exactly what they are doing to help your practice succeed and how they can better serve patients.
By conducting these assessments regularly, you can better weed out weak links and determine new ways to increase productivity. This will ensure the best patient care possible, all while streamlining your staff through better teamwork and clear purpose.
Use modern tech solutions
Many modern solutions can greatly improve the way you practice medicine. With software to help with staff scheduling, patient check-ins, billing, revenue collections, and practice management, there is simply no reason to practice medicine in the Stone Age.
Using practice management software can help you accomplish so much more in less time by streamlining your workflow and keeping track of patient records. Your private practice will automatically run smoother with the right software to help you.
With the right software, you can also provide patients with improved services such as secure messaging and online payment options for convenience. Your patients will love how easy it is to interact with you and your staff.
In addition, modern technology such as electronic health records (EHR) can help streamline the way you practice medicine. With an EHR system in place, patients no longer need to provide reams of documentation for each visit. By using an EHR system, you can better track patient records and provide faster service when patients need it most.
Create a patient-centric practice
Finally, your private practice should be built around the needs of your patients. While you certainly have to run a profitable business, this is simply not the same as providing quality patient care. So, it’s important not to get caught up in things like revenue and profitability to the point where you push patients and staff aside.
Most of your patients are busy people who want their medical concerns addressed as quickly and efficiently as possible. They don’t want to spend time in a waiting room and certainly don’t want to provide reams of documentation for each visit.
With this in mind, you should streamline your practice for optimal patient care. By doing everything on this list, you can better provide your patients with all the help they need promptly. And because you are running a private practice that uses modern tech solutions, your patients should see an improvement in their overall experience.
The bottom line in every aspect of private practice is that you are responsible for the people in your care. The more organized your practice, the better it is for you and your patients. Of course, there is no getting around the need for a high level of clinical expertise and knowledge — but, by streamlining your practice, you can better provide optimal patient care.