Medical Scheduling Software

Written by Sarah Provost
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The use of medical scheduling software has become so universal that if you're still using a paper appointment book, even the most hidebound of your patients might wonder why. The speed and efficiency of setting appointments are only the beginning of what this software can do. In fact, since the advent of the HIPAA regulations, medical scheduling software has become more of a necessity than a convenience.

Medical Scheduling Software Aids HIPAA Compliance

While HIPAA compliance is, strictly speaking, more a matter of policy and operations than of software, most medical scheduling software now includes features that make compliance almost automatic. Encrypted passwords make it impossible for unauthorized users to view patient records. Users are tracked and audited automatically. Users are automatically logged off after a preset period of inactivity.

Some versions of dedicated scheduling software have a privacy screen. With the click of a mouse, any sensitive information is immediately hidden, leaving all other elements of the screen visible so they can be used by support staff or others who have no need to know private patient information. Finally, the software can encrypt any data that needs to be sent to another location, as required by the HIPAA regulations.

Software designed for medical offices also keeps patient records for you, and can handle the complexity of allocating resources and equipment. Some versions also handle insurance and billing. Most sites have free demos available for download, so you can try them out for ease of use and for suitability for your practice.

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