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5 Tech Tools Your Medical Practice Should Be Using

From the smallest private practice to the largest hospital groups, today’s healthcare providers all struggle with time management. Juggling patient care, record-keeping, office administration and human resources can seem like a Herculean task when there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Thank goodness for advances in office technology and digital health tools that help save time, money and resources.

Here are five of our favourite tech tools that will keep your medical practice running smoothly – and keep you from losing your mind.

1. nSign

Ambir Technologies’ nSign transforms all your existing paper forms into digital documents. Patient intake, consent forms, medical history, invoicing, inventory, and more can all be completed electronically. nSign turns your simple tablet into a digital signature pad, allowing patients to complete and sign intake forms, which can then be saved to the cloud, sent by email or stored on your server with just the touch of a button.

2. Scanners

It’s tempting to dismiss the scanner as an old-school tool, but don’t. The bulky behemoths of yesteryear have been replaced with sleek, high-tech workhorses that are essential in any busy practice. From the swipe scanners which read and record data from your patients’ health ID card to traditional document scanners which allow you to make digital copies of referrals, notes, test results and more, this is one tool that no medical office should be without. Look for space-saving, standalone models that connect and scan wirelessly with your network devices.

3. Medical scribe services

In the age of electronic health records do you worry that spend more time focused on a computer screen than on the patient in front of you? Fear not; medical scribe services such as Scribekick aim to free up the physician to focus on what really matters. The service offers two distinct options: onsite medical scribes and virtual scribe. A highly-trained charting specialist, the Scribekick medical scribes accompanies the doctor into the exam room and completes the documentation in real time during the appointment. Virtual scribes are sent a recorded transcript of the patient visit by a HIPAA-compliant smartphone app, which gives them all the information they need to document the details directly into your electronic medial records system.

4. Care management software

Digital care management solutions improve communication between patients and their healthcare providers and give patients a sense of control over their own care. Options include secure messaging directly between patients and their health team members, online access to health records, digital tracking and reporting by patients of symptoms, delivery of customized care plans directly to the patient, online appointment scheduling and more.

5. Telemedicine

A lineup of disgruntled patients in your waiting room may soon be a thing of the past, as telemedicine technology continues to improve. Minor complaints and chronic conditions can already be addressed quickly and easily through “virtual visits” using existing technology such as video calling. Soon, however, patients will be able to use wearables and smartphone apps to monitor vital stats, take their own blood pressure, EKGs or blood glucose levels and electronically transmit the results directly to their physicians. Telemedicine tools can reduce wait times, improve communication and care, and help alleviate the shortage of medical professionals in many regions.