How technology can boost your efficiency

Sometimes as doctors, we are the cause of bottlenecks in our own medical offices. After all, we only have 24 hours in a day, and the number of patients we can see, examine, and talk to is going to be limited.

Aniruddha Malpani, MD“When used strategically, technology can help to amplify a doctor’s efficiency and effectiveness.”
-Aniruddha Malpani, MD, medical director of Malpani Infertility Clinic in Mumbai, India

One way that we have traditionally amped up our efficiency is by employing other clinicians—for example, physician assistants or junior doctors—who can help use see a higher volume of patients by assisting with tasks such as taking a history or doing the initial examination.

Today, one of the best ways that we can increase our efficiency and efficacy is by using technological tools. An extremely good example of this is the intelligent use of patient education videos that can be used to counsel patients while also ensuring that patients provide informed consent prior to surgery or medical procedures.

Key Point: Using patient education videos and other multimedia tools is an excellent way to improve the efficiency of your operations while also enhancing the patient experience. These tools ensure that patients receive consistent, high quality information about their diseases or conditions, and the time that you spend with them afterwards is more focused and productive.

Consistent messaging

Conveying complex information to patient after patient is not something that a lot of doctors are good at, or that we necessarily enjoy. It’s easy for this part of our day to become repetitive, monotonous, and time-consuming. While communicating this information to patients is clearly important, if there were another way to educate them that would free up our time to focus on other tasks, most of us would like that idea.

Luckily, there actually is an excellent way to do just that. Cleverly crafted audiovisual tools can ensure that we clearly communicate the information that our patients need, without having to spend that time personally with each patient. You can do this by using interactive services such as...

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