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.
In the operating room, doctors need to have accurate and reliable patient data if they are going to provide optimal care. For orthopaedic practices, this often means having access to the latest information from the patient’s chart as well as their most recent x-ray, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies. These medical studies provide crucial information for orthopaedic surgeries and play a key role in improving operating room efficiency.
Every year, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) holds a major conference for its members (and exhibitors) to meet, catch up on the latest industry trends, share information, and present new techniques and technologies.