Running your own healthcare practice might be something that you dreamed of for a long time before it became a reality. You might have spent years training as a doctor, nurse or health administrator, and working in other practices and settings before you felt able to launch your own practice.
Generally, this is the best way to do it. The most experienced practice owners often have the most successful, helpful and profitable practices. Their experience both in school and in the field help them to make it work.
But, if there is one thing that most healthcare practice owners and managers struggle with, it’s time management. Appointments run over. Paperwork overflows, there are always papers to read and research to do. There are always new practices and techniques to learn about, and there are always more patients to help.
Most practices are overwhelmed with patients. As the average life expectancy extends, and the population grows, more and more people need help with their health. More of us are struggling with the health issues that come with old age, more babies are being born, and more people need our help. As a healthcare worker, helping people is probably the primary reason that you decided to do what you do, and finding better ways to do it might be why you decided to launch your own practice.
But, all of the paperwork and other constraints on your time might mean that you aren’t able to do as much as this as you would like to. So, let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can save time in your practice.
#1 Make the Most of Technology
Long gone are the days of making handwritten notes and lists and penned medical records. Electronic records are reliable and safe, they give practices and other healthcare settings an easy way to share information, and they can be much more accurate. There are also many medical speech recognition benefits, one of which is how much time it could save you. It can take time to implement new systems, and it’s essential that you and other members of your team are well trained in using them. But, once everything is up and running, it could save you a lot of time.
#2 Prioritize Your Day
Most of us, whatever industry we work in, spend the beginning of our days catching up with colleagues, brewing coffee, checking emails and thinking about what we’ve got to do for the rest of the day. Then, we move from task to task, without any real plan. Start making to-do lists and planning your days out, prioritizing what needs to be done most urgently.
As a practice owner or manager, you have many responsibilities. Some of these, only you can do. But, many of them can be delegated to others. Delegate when you can, so that you can focus your time where it is needed.
#4 Start Saying No
You probably spend a large part of your day answering questions and helping other members of staff. This is great until it takes time away from more important things. Learn how to say no when it’s appropriate, and you’ll suddenly have a lot more time.
What are you doing to save time with your healthcare business?