Time equals money in almost every industry; no more so than in the field of healthcare. No-shows represent an enormous financial drain on the system - costing governments millions of dollars. In fact, it's estimated that missed appointments cost $150 billion every year in the United States, with up to 30% of appointments missed. In the UK, more than 5 million outpatient appointments are missed at a cost of £160 each.
This is why SMS Healthcare Solutions are a modern essential for hospitals, aged care facilities, area health services, outpatient facilities, medical and dental clinics, private practices, and complementary and alternative health organisations.
Whether you work in a hospital, general medical practice, dental practice, specialist office,
locum, pathology lab, clinic, psychology or mental health services, allied health centre, physiotherapist or chiropractor,
you will see real results through text messaging.
You can automate your communications to patients to set up medication reminders, appointment reminders or alerts to changes in situation based on triggers unique to each patient. Or send ad hoc blasts when circumstances change; text messaging is incredibly useful for circulating information on changes in regulation, medication availability, staffing, professional development trainings and more.
Statistically, SMS appointment reminders significantly reduce the number of missed appointments in the medical arena. By sending out text message reminders, appointment no-shows or lateness can be dramatically reduced. Studies in the UK where patients are sent a reminder about their appointment, which mentions that by not attending their appointment costs taxpayers £160, have already demonstrated a reduction in 25% of missed appointments. This delivers an immediate benefit to all interested parties; not only the healthcare provider and taxpayer, but the patient too.
Want to reduce appointment non-attendance at your business? Integrate your medical appointment scheduling tool with eBulletin and have text message reminders sent 24 hours ahead of every appointment. With long wait times for specialist appointments, this can be especially useful as patients can easily forget their future appointments, especially if they booked it verbally and have no written record of it.
An SMS messaging service can be used very effectively to send patients clinical alerts and reminders; for example, medication reminders. Clinical studies have shown that “mobile phone text messaging approximately doubles the odds of medication adherence.” plus text messaging is unobtrusive, causing minimal embarrassment to patients and thus improving their reception to your treatments and ultimately their health. Furthermore, receipt of messages can be tracked by you, the sender, to ensure the message has reached.
There are so many possibilities for text message automation to communicate with your patients:
Reminders to take medication
Educational messaging - eg. tips about diet, exercise, healthy living
Health alerts - eg. measles outbreak in the area
Contact tracing - minimise impact of deadly viruses by communicating quickly with those who may have been in the same vicinity as those infected
Annual reminders - eg. encouraging patients to get their flu vaccine, book their annual dental scale and clean, yearly general checkup
Regular reminders - do you see patients on a monthly, 6-8 weekly or several times a year basis? Send reminders to rebook to ensure your patients get the best care.
An SMS messaging service can be used to effectively communicate with your entire staff: send shift reminders, quickly fill absentee shifts, send roster alerts in advance to agency staff such as nurses, and reach an entire employee base simultaneously. Set up these automations now and know that you are prepared for peak periods, holidays and last minute emergencies.
Entice more visits and sales with messaging that actually gets read (and engagement to boot).
What sets eBulletin apart from the rest? Not only do we have full 24/7 customer support and 100% uptime SLA guarantee, but we also offer a full suite of communications.
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