Centricity™ Practice Solution is a fully integrated Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Practice Management solution designed to help you enhance the clinical and financial productivity of your ambulatory practice. Though designed to work as a single fully integrated unit, if desired, the modules may be used independently.
Because we know you have more important things to do than flip through a calendar. AdvancedScheduling helps you see more patients speeds up scheduling processes with recurring appointment, waitlist management, patient room tracking appointment reminder tools. A faster front desk lets your front office team focus on checking in patients, collecting copays scheduling your clinicians facility to full capacity.
Whether you’re a solo family practice provider or a large specialty group, if you’re looking for a long-term, stable EHR company that gets to know and serve you and your practice, you’ve come to the right place. Sevocity and you will make a great fit.
NextGen Healthcare provides practice management solutions that support a patient-centric revenue cycle, enabling practices of all sizes to succeed in today's complex healthcare climate. Our real-time clinical and administrative workflows help reduce physician burnout and achieve value-based reimbursement goals. Available on any device or platform, our powerful functionality helps automate patient registration, appointment scheduling, medical billing, claims processing, and reporting.
Branch Messenger enables enterprises to optimize their scheduling at scale and in real-time to improve operational efficiencies. A web dashboard and self-service mobile app streamline schedule creation, distribution and management. Employees are able to view schedules, swap shifts, request time off and set their availability all from within the app. Branch Messenger is currently adopted by enterprises in retail, restaurants, hospitality, transportation, banking and call centers industries.
Acuity Scheduling is a full-blown, beautiful, incredibly user-friendly system for running the business end-to-end and supports globally diverse businesses. Online scheduling is available 24/7.Clients worldwide or local can schedule their appointment online, complete custom forms, and pay with a credit card, online 24/7. Whether it's a regular schedule, or irregular you can manage any availability easily.
Appointy is a simple, functional and powerful scheduling software designed to help clients grow and manage their business. Appointy allows users to accept appointments online, send automated email/ sms reminders, integrate with social media and Google Calendar, accept online prepayments, create gift cards,deals, etc. Appointy also allows businesses to create deals, discounts or offers with an option to promote to their existing loyal or new customers through Facebook, Twitter or Emails.
Setmore Appointments is available on Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and Web apps. It provides a simple, easy-to-manage calendar to let customers book appointments online and grow their business every day. Customers can schedule an appointment using your unique Setmore booking page and enables you and your staff stay updated about upcoming appointments.
ScheduFlow is the only cloud based native desktop application that allows you to create, manage, and share calendars and schedules with users in one or multiple locations. The software auto-updates itself every time we release new features or bug fixes. One can create unlimited numbers of appointments/calendars, as well as clients and resources. ScheduFlow installs on Windows computers, but schedules are immediately available upon creation for access on any mobile device.
SuperSaaS ia a flexible appointment scheduling system that you can add to your own site. It is free for small and non-commercial use. It can cater to many different scheduling needs:• Allow students to sign up for a class• Accept online appointments for your business• Show when your boat is available for hire• Use as a shared calendar to book meeting rooms"
Appointmentseasy.com is available to health professionals, medical secretaries and patients for the management and optimization of appointments of the medical practice.
Solutionreach is a cloud-based dental practice management system designed for small, midsize and large offices and specialties. Primary features include appointment scheduling, patient access, reminders, patient education and practice marketing. Support is provided via email and online case submission. Other help options include knowledge base, forums, webinars, eBooks and videos.
Square Appointments is a laudable online appointments software designed to help clients book, cancel, or reschedule their appointments. The platform gives all clients access to your availability and helps them book appointments at the most appropriate time. It also ensures you spend less time managing appointments and more time with your customers. The software is perfect for salons, health and wellness, salons, and other service professionals.
Petal Scheduling addresses the complexity of physician scheduling with an automated and flexible script that saves the scheduler time while giving them full control through manual adjustments. With Petal Scheduling, the physicians schedule is produced quickly, shared instantly, accessible from any device and updated in real-time when shifts are traded.
10to8 is Appointment Scheduling Software that helps users to better communicate with clients, reducing no-shows, double-bookings and time-consuming admin. It’s a tool that can drive more customers to appointment-reliant businesses, such as beauty and salons, tutors and teachers, sports and fitness, tradesmen and professional services. The cloud app also features enterprise-grade features for volume appointments.
Sagenda, the online appointment scheduler, is part of Iteration.info, a Swiss company offering an extensive range of online software innovation coaching services. Sagenda targets a range of businesses, including medical practices, chiropractors, and naturopaths. The software is totally free, without even an upgrade option to a paid version, as Sagenda makes money through providing custom options to large, enterprize clients.
CLIN1 Enterprise Scheduling software maintains patient, physician, staff and resource schedules.Schedule coordinates automatically across patients and resources, detecting collisions or conflicts at either end. Automatically checks resource availability with respect to department or individual availability schedule.
SimplePractice is a top-reviewed practice management platform, made for small business owners in the health and wellness space.SimplePractice's industry-leading features include secure messaging, customizable paperless intake forms, a template library, free appointment reminders, electronic claim filing, billing and invoicing, a beautiful client portal with online booking, and more.
IntakeQ is a web-based online intake form management software that enables healthcare professionals and clinicians to electronically share case forms with their patients, and receive them back completed signed electronically before their next appointment. The product automates the form intake process thereby improving recordkeeping and customer/patient onboarding. The solution is well suited for the needs of individual practitioners, as well as for clinics and big hospitals.
QGenda Physician Scheduling is an automated Web Based Physician Scheduling Software
Call Scheduler is a scheduling productivity tool for on-call scheduling of doctors and other medical practitioners from Adjuvant.
Veribook is an online scheduler that maps itself to the needs of a clinic. At its core, it understands which clinicians should be available to which patients, for which appointment types, at which times. This deep understanding of clinic needs enables Veribook to deliver on the promise of true online scheduling: streamlined 24/7 scheduling, reduced administrative load, and improved patient satisfaction.
TheraNest Appointment Scheduling Software helps Mental Health Professionals of both large and small practices organize appointments. It helps users to create and view appointments, sync with google calendar, track attendance, and send appointment reminders via voice calls, email or SMS text.
TherapyNotes is a leading behavioral health practice management. It features robust notes, scheduling, and billing operations, as well as free and unlimited phone support. It is an effective scheduling and to-do list tool as it was created with the workflow of mental health practitioners in mind. The platform is targeted at mental health practitioners and clinicians and is highly suitable for all types and sizes of practices.
AxisCare Home Care Software provides a system designed with the workflow of a private duty agency in mind. AxisCare provides a scheduling software solution that features a GPS Mobile App, automatic invoicing, billing and payroll integrations, custom forms, reporting, and more. AxisCare can be used on any web browser and any operating system, even on phones and tablets.
athenaCommunicator provides a robust and centralized scheduling tool, patient portal, and manages patient’s check-in and check-out, visit duration, and monitor their appointment activities related to no-shows, re-scheduling or cancellations.
PracticeSuite’s practice management, electronic health records (EHR), patient management platform, and its Medical Scheduling Software is suitable for medical practices and third-party medical billing companies of all sizes. Practices can use patient-oriented features like scheduling, patient outreach (CRM), patient kiosks and patient portals to engage patients and streamline patient flow. PracticeSuite also offers online review and patient service tools.
NueMD Medical Scheduling Software helps users tomManage schedules across multiple physicians, offices, and days of the week. It helps users to track patients from arrival to departure and receive real-time updates on co-pays and cancellations. It helps to reduce no-shows by 30 percent with appointment reminder calls.
CareCloud Breeze is a modern, cloud-based system with the ease-of-use and low cost of ownership buyers have come to expect from cloud solutions. The system offers comprehensive functionality for appointment scheduling, medical billing, reporting and claims processing.
Kareo Engage solution helps users to streamline the entire billing process. It helps users to customize their schedule, manage patient alerts and send appointment reminders. The system helps users to quickly enter patient data, upload documents and verify eligibility. It offers built in secure messaging allowing users to securely communicate with the biller, patients and employees.
AdvancedPatient is a complete practice management and medical billing software offering patient scheduling and billing capabilities. The billing software is integrated with the scheduling front office tools so that users can collect payments with one-click display of patient information, copays eligibility.
Patient Scheduling Software Buyer’s Guide
Patient scheduling software automates and streamlines the medical scheduling process
By Dan Greenfield, Health Tech InsightDuring the course of any given day, your physician practice can expect to encounter many unplanned events and last minute changes. Scheduling is command central to keep your practice running smoothly. In today's healthcare environment, your scheduling software has to function like clockwork and expeditiously navigate the overlapping needs of your patients, clinicians and staff.]
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Benefits of Scheduling SoftwareThe inability to easily handle cancellations and no-shows, automatically track appointments or optimize physician availability can do more than disrupt workflow; the wrong scheduling software can drive down patient satisfaction, negatively affect staff morale and result in lost opportunities to increase revenue and grow your business. As part of a practice management or integrated EHR solution, it’s critical to identify the right scheduling software for your practice. While not exhaustive, this scheduling software buyer’s guide gives you an overview of features and functions, primary and secondary considerations, and guidance in the evaluation and selection process of scheduling software.
Why is the Right Medical Scheduling Software so Important?It’s estimated that missed appointments cost the U.S. healthcare system more than $150 billion a year. On average, each 60 minute open or unused time slot can put a physician back $200. Nationwide, providers have no-show rates between five and 30 percent. Of course, no solution can anticipate every scheduling disruption, but you can’t afford to leave money on the table given added pressures that come from rising patient out-of-pocket costs and declining Medicare reimbursement rates. In short, it’s getting more challenging to meet financial targets.
Implementation GoalsScheduling is more than making and tracking appointments; it’s an essential business and administrative tool that impacts each phase of your patient’s experience with your practice. The right software solution can help with the following goals:
Improve Patient Access
|By allowing patients to schedule their own appointments via a patient portal, they are more connected to the process of their care.
Reduce Patient Wait Times
|Replacing phone and in-person scheduling procedures with online portals, patients can schedule appointments at times that are convenient for them. They no longer have to be put on hold or wait in line to schedule care.
Improve Staff Efficiency and Practice Productivity
|Color-coded time slots, drag-and-drop features and a single streamlined system for scheduling appointments make it easy for your staff to get repetitive tasks done quickly and correctly.
Improve Patient Flow
|Scheduling software will often include patient check-in modules so patients can fill out forms before they come to the office, reducing wait time and lobby crowding.
Improve Patient Experience and Satisfaction
|Patients who don’t have to wait for hours are happy patients!
Increase Revenue and Decrease Cost
|When no-shows and cancellations trigger alerts, staff and physicians can act quickly to accept walk-ins or rearrange the physician’s schedule to maximize face-to-face time with patients. Scheduling software also reduces the need for front-desk staff hours, saving the practice money.
Changing Patient Expectations and New Technologies
We are witnessing a change in patient expectations as healthcare grows more consumerized. More and more patients are going online to research symptoms and treatments, compare physicians and share experiences (both positive and negative) with review sites like Yelp!, Healthgrades and Vitals.
Doctor’s offices can’t afford to keep patients waiting. A study in the Journal of Medical Practice Management revealed that customer service issues account for 96 percent of patient complaints, while only four percent are about the quality of clinical care or a misdiagnosis.
While overall patient wait times are in fact decreasing, 30 percent of patient respondents in one survey said they have left a medical appointment because the wait time was getting too long. Nearly 20 percent of patients reported changing providers due to long wait times. Scheduling software can help patients feel heard and cared about in a way that contributes to value-based care.
Technology is another area that is impacting the scheduling process. It’s estimated that 88 percent of appointments are still made over the phone. While a small fraction of appointments are currently self-scheduled, 77 percent of patients want the ability to book, change or cancel appointments online regardless of time of day.
Some of the areas where technology is playing a big role in healthcare are patient portals, mobile alerts/reminders and third-party scheduling where patients can make appointments on an independent HIPAA-compliant site.
In addition, the emergence of telehealth will change patient expectations by reducing the number of unnecessary in-office visits and freeing up time and space to care for patients who require in-office visits. This saves money and time for both patients and physicians.
Basic Scheduling Software Features and CapabilitiesWhen evaluating the key features and functionality, these are the core modules of most scheduling software systems:
|Appointment Creation and Changes
||Allows users to make, change and cancel non-conflicting appointments as well as identify alternative days/times. The appointment record should be able to account for the reason for visit, medical condition, type of procedure and designated physician. Includes patient instructions and information to track insurance coverage as well as identify the type of patient.
|Patient Self-Scheduling/Mobile Remote Access
||Allow patients to make and edit appointments online via your website, patient portal or 3rd-party sites, both during and outside office hours.
||Remind patients (based on their preferences) of upcoming appointments — via text, email and phone — to manage the notification process, set/limit the number of alerts and track responses to limit no-shows and increase on-time arrivals.
|Tracking and Alerts
||Track pending, arrived, seen, canceled or no-show patients; see patient appointment details and notify receptionists when patients have been waiting too long.
|Follow-Up Services and Return Visits
||Schedule referrals and follow-up appointments, diagnostic tests, labs, and procedures. Send follow-up surveys to measure patient satisfaction.
||Schedule recurring visits the same time by week/month and identify alternative slots when scheduled times are not available.
|HIPAA Staff Access Controls
||Track changes and allow multiple-person scheduling views. Software should be able to limit or restrict access to information based on the function of the employee or clinician accessing the system.
||Contain a directory of all staff and referring physicians’ information including name, address, phone number and function.
|Cancellations, Wait List and Missed Appointment Management
||Display a wait list pop-up of patients who would like to be scheduled in a slot when cancellations occur and prompt the system to reschedule when an appointment is missed.
Advanced Scheduling Software Functionality
|Events and Notes
||Schedule non-appointments like staff meetings, lunch or breaks and add patient notes.
|Automated Reminder by Insurance Payer
||Allow automated verification by payment source at check-in and collect co-payments as well as review basic information about the patient's balance and insurance plans.
||Create reports that track patient activity, treatment times, clinicians’ hours, resources utilization on a daily, weekly, monthly, etc. basis or by location. Reporting can help you manage and predict such questions as patient flow, staffing and patient activity (cancellations and no-shows) and optimize available appointment slots.
||Schedule a series of appointments with multiple staff, rooms and equipment — e.g. annual physical exams or oncology patients who may need to meet with several doctors.
Questions to Ask Before You Buy
Questions to Ask Yourself:
- Do you need this solution to scale with you as your practice grows?
- Do you want on-premise or cloud-based deployment?
- What is your budget?
- How many physicians and staff members will need access?
- Does your practice require industry-specific modules?
- Do you need any customizations?
Questions to Ask Vendors:
- Can appointments on the scheduling grid be customized and color-coded based on procedure or diagnosis, new or existing patients?
- Is there drag-and-drop and cut-and-paste functionality when making an appointment, changing a time or date or scheduling multiple resources for the same appointment time?
- How convenient is it to retrieve or get a snapshot of contact information, clinical notes and appointments from patients on a daily, weekly or monthly basis? Can appointments be screened in one convenient view? Can you see a schedule by room, clinician, location, etc.? Can you customize settings by time increments, appointment reason and patient status?
- Does it easily allow you to attach files to appointments (e.g. JPEGs of X-rays or PDFs of physician instructions)?
- How automated is the solution to help identify slots and avoid conflicts that arise from over- or double-booking and staffing absences?
- Can calendars be customized by practice specialty or multi-specialty, subspecialty, size, and location(s)?
- How will the software perform as your practice evolves and grows? How many physicians can it accommodate?
- How can the solution handle migration from your current solution? How easily does it integrate with your patient portal? Can it integrate with other third-party apps?
- What kind of support and costs are associated with training your staff and getting the system up and running?
- How accessible and readable is the solution when using a mobile device (iPhone and Android) or from a remote location?
- What is the total cost of ownership over the system’s life cycle? What are the costs of upgrades and updates for features? What is the pricing and costs associated with the number of users?
Strategic Practice Considerations
In addition to identifying the key functions and ease of use, also consider the following when evaluating different solutions as part of an overall scheduling strategy.
Scheduling Method: There are a number of different methods to schedule medical office appointments, including time-specified, wave, modified wave, double booking and open booking.
Practice Type (Patient Mix): The type of practice, patient or services (treatments/examinations) can impact your scheduling software needs. Do you have a lot of walk-ins, patients with chronic conditions, elective procedures or regularly-scheduled appointments?
Your practice needs to decide your scheduling and call strategy. For example, do you want to group (cluster) patients with similar problems and conditions or create organized triage by scheduling patients by different levels of complexity? What is your process to determine what calls to put through immediately, which calls will be returned and when they will be returned?