All too often doctors spend time with patients discussing symptoms, illnesses, and providing medical advice for which they routinely do not bill for. Why? Perhaps a fast paced office with a waiting room of patients and falling behind in the day’s schedule; too many things to remember beyond the “Chief Complaint.
With the AllegianceMD Patient Portal feature a patient can log on to a HIPAA compliant and secure web site and complete much of their demographic and visit information on-line prior to their in-person visit. There is no need to worry about the security of the data. The patient’s data is encrypted. Thus your practice can be sure that HIPAA standards are being met.
When a patient logs in to the patient portal to enter in form information, the on-line forms presented to them look just like traditional paper forms. The forms can even be made to appear as those your practice has been using for years. Coupled with the electronic EMR AllegianeMD provides and it becomes even easier to implement the data into a patients account from the portal.
You may be wondering, "Just how much information am I sharing with the patient?" Well there is no need to worry about leaking too much patient information. The amount of information shared with the patient is completely controlled by you. Yes the practice has the ultimate authority regarding how much data is conveyed to the patient. The patient does not have access to the doctor’s records at any time and so the patient only sees what the doctor wants them to see. This means that the physician note remains protected.
The office staff enjoys the benefits of the patient portal too. The days of sending the patient a registration packet and hoping it’s complete before the office visit are gone forever. Staff no longer has to wait while the patient fills in all the necessary information. A patient can simply fill out the paper work in the luxury of their own home. For patients that do not have access to an internet-enabled computer, a touch screen kiosk can even be set up in the lobby away from wandering eyes and with the same features as the at home portal.