Physician stress and burnout is a critical issue for many orthopaedic clinics. In fact, according to a study featured in the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), “Of the 1,792 physician respondents (43% response rate), 26% reported burnout.” This means that more than one in four care providers is experiencing stress on a level that may drive them to retire early or look for a new career. So, naturally, there are numerous “physician burnout resources” being created to help address the issue.
Fax management plays a large role in modern clinic operations. Many clinics receive important patient data via electronic fax (eFax) and have to spend countless hours manually searching for data and copying it over to their EHR solution.
Patient check in is one of the most important processes in any clinic’s workflow. However, many orthopaedic clinics struggle to master their patient intake process. When patients show up, they fill out a long and complicated patient sign in sheet—then they wait for that information to be copied and filed by the front desk staff before they can see their physician.
Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software are supposed to make managing patient data faster, easier, and more accurate than the old hardcopy records systems medical practices used to rely on. However, many orthopaedic surgeons and practice managers seem to have problems with EHR systems—running into recurring issues that cause delays and impact the quality of care that they can provide their patients. This is part of the reason why organizations such as Software Advice created their EHR Buyer’s Guide to help healthcare facilities choose the right EHR system for their needs.
Each year, the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE) hosts a conference to discuss new developments in the orthopaedics industry, give attendees a chance to network with solution providers, and gather resources to help them improve the business aspect of their orthopaedic clinics.