According to a Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey, “More than 80 percent of U.S. companies indicate their systems have been successfully hacked in an attempt to steal, change or make public important data.” This study also found that small and medium-size businesses are most at risk, primarily because they tend to not allocate as many financial resources to this task as some of the larger companies in existence today.
While this particular finding paints a pretty grim picture about data security in chiropractic offices across the nation, the reality is that you don’t have to put your private information or that of your patients at risk. In fact, there are at least four things you can do to begin hack proofing your electronic health record (EHR) system today. They are: backing up your data, securing your internet, protecting your emails, and locking your network. (more…)
According to an article published by Epoch Times, there are many reasons that it’s great to be a chiropractor in today’s day and age. Among them are having a growing patient base (job security), making a comfortable wage while working for yourself (good income potential with no boss).
However, being a chiropractor also means that you need to choose the right software for your practice, a task that many DCs dread. It can be especially confusing when there are so many different options available. So, which one is best?
In order to answer that question for your individual office, you must first understand the difference between the three main types of software—EMR, EHR, and PM—as well as the differences between them. Let’s look at each one now. (more…)
Any successful DC knows that the secret to running a thriving chiropractic practice involves having patients who return time and time again for your health-related services. But how do you get them to want to continue to walk in your door? You keep them satisfied.
Case in point, one article in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery reports that patient satisfaction is “a very effective indicator to measure the success of doctors and hospitals,” due in part to its effect on patient retention. In other words, making your patients happy is critical your business success.
Sadly, this is sometimes harder than DCs anticipate which means struggling to keep the doors open, even if you are a master in your field. So what can you do to make your patients want to keep you as their primary health provider?
The answer is simple. You can avoid the three main reasons patients leave their chiropractor in the first place, and these revolve around issues with billing, scheduling, and service. (more…)
According to a review published in Administration and Policy in Mental Health, burnout—which the authors define as experiencing “emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment”—is rampant in the medical field. In fact, after looking at a number of different studies, it was concluded that these types of negative feelings affect as many as 67 percent of those with careers in a health-related occupation, on at least some level.
As far as causes go, one Mayo Clinic study identified a strong correlation between the use of electronic health records, or EHRs, and burnout. Specifically, researchers found that “physicians who used EHRs…were less likely to be satisfied with the amount of time spent on clerical tasks.” So what factors could have contributed to this finding? Here are three biggest reasons to consider before choosing your EHR. (more…)
According to an article published by Harvard Business School, there are a few telltale signs that a business is withholding important information from you when trying to negotiate a sale. Among them are using a minimal number of words or using shorter sentences. Other tip-offs would be swearing and speaking in third-person. Any of these behaviors can indicate the sales associate is exaggerating the truth or outright lying.
Of course, when looking for an EHR (electronic health record) for your chiropractic practice, you’ll want to avoid such unscrupulous companies and choose the best—a.k.a. Most reputable—vendor possible. And while many honest vendors exist, there are still some things that a few don’t want you to know, primarily so you’ll choose them over their competitors.
Knowing what companies are maybe hiding is critical to finding the right EHR system for you. With that in mind, here are the top 10 things EHR companies likely won’t tell you so that you can make a more informed buying decision. (more…)