Health risk screeners are an important way for any practice to help identify injury risks, health needs, and chronic diseases among their patients. However, many practices still choose to give patients a clipboard to complete these screeners when they arrive. This method wastes the patient’s time in the waiting room and hinders efficiency at a practice. Because of this, digital health risk screeners are the way to go.
Still not convinced? Here are several key benefits of going digital with your screeners.
Improve Patient Engagement
Giving patients the power to complete their screeners before entering your practice engages patients more in their care. While electronically sending screeners to patients might seem like a more passive approach to some, this is not the case. Patients will have more time to thoughtfully and accurately answer each question on the device of their choice. This makes them feel more involved in the care they’re receiving. Moreover, they will likely answer more honestly because they won’t feel as self-conscious about sharing personal information with someone other than their doctor.
Save Resources and Time
Digital health risk screeners do far more than save practices the cost of pens and clipboards for patients to fill screeners out in person. They also have the ability to both prevent current staff from burnout and potentially eliminate the need to hire more staff when business increases. Going digital with software integrated into your EHR means less manual intake, which inevitably leads to happier staff. Better yet, this equates to less time spent per patient visit, which both staff and patients alike will appreciate.
Spend Less on Medical Costs
Not only do screeners save money by decreasing the amount spent on labor and supplies, they also save on medical costs. For example, studies indicate that increasing tobacco cessation screening and excessive alcohol consumption screening to 90 percent of the population would save $3.7 billion annually in medical costs. The best way to obtain this much information is to send the screeners digitally because you’re not at the mercy of patients coming in for a visit.
Increase Reimbursements & Incentives
When completed online screeners are automatically entered into your EHR, expect reimbursements for the screeners you collect more quickly and at higher volumes. This is because there is less chance for human error. There are also less delays that typically happen when information is entered manually. Moreover, turning to technology to examine social determinants of health (SDOH) will not only help identify more factors which might lead to medical outcomes, but will also increase the number of financial incentives your practice receives for obtaining them.
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