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Physicians Answering Service

Sep 4, 2008
In today's economy and in the medical business in general, standard business hours no longer apply. Having just a voicemail or machine pick-up patient calls after hours for sure doesn't work. Physicians especially need to be responsive and have a pulse on patient calls at all times. A Physician Answering Service can help and provide reliable phone coverage after-hours or whenever needed. And for progressive minded Physicians having a professional answering service in place to cover important patient calls after-hours or on an overflow basis is a necessity. With a Physicians Answering Service in place, live operators, not just voicemails are ready and able to answer patient calls promptly and in a professional manner. No medical call from a patient, hospital or another Physician should go unanswered no matter the day or time. Thank goodness for a Physicians Answering Service who can seamlessly cover calls including on a 24/7, 365-days a year basis.

It's important to make sure that the Physician Answering Service you hire is fully HIPAA compliant, maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of client records required by law. You should carefully select your Physician Answering Service to ensure that their operators are thoroughly trained and screened. Their training should be ongoing. A reliable Physicians Answering Service treats each patient call with care and will be courteous and professional at times. A Physician Answering Service is a real business boost for Physicians as well since they can schedule and confirm appointments and also update patient databases. Making a Physician Answering Service available to patients and allow a Physician's patient the option of calling and scheduling appointments at their convenience, is a service plus. With a Physician Answering Service, appointment scheduling can easily be in-sync with a Physicians office, which allows for accurate scheduling and as a result there will be no double booking. This is accomplished since a Physician Answering Service utilizes the latest technology and more importantly they make it appoint to know about a Physician practice and know before hand when that Physician or his medical associates are available for an appointment.

Referrals are also another source of business for any Physician. When you have a Physician Answering Service those important referral calls from nurses, doctors or other hospital personnel will be answered promptly by a well trained live operator and you will then be assured to get that call. Another important aspect of a Physician Answering service is the proper and accurate handling of an emergency medical call. A Physician Answering Service can provide that important service coverage. The best Physician-minded answering companies, go the extra step with regards to dispatching emergency calls. First their managers promptly confirm that emergency call is in fact an emergency call and they make sure it goes to the right on-call at the time Physician. And then if need be, that emergency call can be patched in to the right on-call Physician.

Just like in the non medical business, the more interactive you are with your customers, in this case patients and other related medical professionals the better it is for your practice. Especially if you want to grow your practice while earning some well-deserved time off or simply want to spend more time with your patients. Either way a Physicians Answering Service is an ideal cost-efficient business partner for Physician considering all the quality services they provide.
About the Author
Robert Porter is the President and CEO of 1-800 We Answer, a full service telecommunications company providing a complete range of answering service, call center, voice mail, fax, mail,telemarketing and phone system services to businesses and individuals.
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