5 Key benefits of digital patient registration
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5 Key benefits of digital patient registration

Patient registration can often be a time-consuming and mundane administrative task, but what if a paperless approach could alleviate front-desk burden and boost patient experience? MedicalDirector’s marketplace partner, HotDoc, has announced the release of its new digital ‘New Patient Registration’ forms as part of its Check-In suite, opening up more efficient and engaging opportunities to offer patient-centric care.

1. Save time for practitioners and staff

Digital New Patient Registration forms save receptionists time manually transcribing handwritten patient details into the PMS. The product also frees up staff from handing out physical forms and briefing patients on how to fill them out.

The new feature also gives HotDoc clinics access to an online version of their new patient registration form so patients can fill out their details prior to their first appointment. And, because digital forms are filled out prior to patients even arriving at the medical centre, they reduce the time doctors spend waiting for late arrivals to complete paper forms.

2. Improve data quality

The product also has the added benefit of minimising the likelihood of clerical errors, which can often occur when staff have to manually enter hard-to-read handwritten information into the PMS. New Patient Registration also has built-in form validation on phone numbers and email addresses. This means the form will automatically detect if someone has written an incomplete number, added information to the wrong place in the form etc.

 What a patient sees when completing a digital New Patient Registration form

3. Enhance patient communication

Digital New Patient Registration forms also improve the patient experience by reducing the chances of patients becoming flustered in the waiting room when they don’t allow themselves enough time to fill out the form before their appointment.

Not to mention, the digital form gives new patients a superior welcome experience as they are able to make a booking, confirm their appointment and register their personal information when and where suits them.

A link to the online New Patient Registration form can be sent to patients through an email appointment confirmation (if within 30 days of the appointment), or when a patient confirms their appointment via a SMS or in-app push notification reminder. Clinics can also manually send a link to the form via SMS, email or direct link.

Patients can access and complete the New Patient Registration form on a computer, smartphone, or tablet, anywhere at any time so long as they have internet access

4. Discover how your patients found you

The forms also include a field asking how your patients came to find your clinic so you can keep tabs on the sources bringing most new patients into your medical centre. In later updates clinics will also have access to a built-in report that allows you to easily keep track of where your patients come from over time. This means you can keep tabs on how other changes you make to your clinic affect new patient acquisition.

5. Automate and boost efficiency

Once a patient completes the form the submission will appear in the HotDoc Sidebar. The HotDoc software will automatically search for existing patients in the database and display if there are any potential matches before adding the patient’s submission to a new or existing patient file in the PMS.

Currently HotDoc’s software can automatically connect with 25 specific fields in the patient’s file, while the rest of the form can be copied and pasted across, with more fields to be added incrementally.

Want to find out more?

MedicalDirector’s Marketplace offers a growing partner ecosystem that enables you to tailor your clinical IT systems with innovative solutions suited to the unique needs of your practice. Marketplace is comprised of an array of health technology partners who offer the highest standard in innovation, service and reliability. Each Marketplace partner is handpicked for their proven effectiveness and innovation.

To find out more about how HotDoc integrates into your MedicalDirector clinical and practice management solution, visit: https://www.medicaldirector.com/marketplace/hotdoc