Randall has since gone on to form an EHR company called SOAPware, which produces easy-to-use software that saves clinicians time.
- · In January 2011 “In Saving Time and Practicing Better Medicine “ I commented at length:
1) Realize you’re the highest paid person in your practice, and you’re paid to see patients at the rate of $3 to $4 per minute.
2) You’re paid for your time and knowledge.
3) Spend your time with complex patients requiring your knowledge.
4) Delegate patients with simpler problems to physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and others.
5) Have patients in the reception room write down three questions that concern them the most. This will allows you to get to the heart of the problem quickly.
6) Look into acquiring instantmedicalhistory.com software. This allows patients to generate their own history based on their chief complaint, age, and gender, before or during their visit, saving you 4 to 8 minutes per patient visit.
7) Ask your nurse or other members of your staff how you can do things better and faster. Often they’ll tell you practical things they’ve been dying to tell you for years.
8) Don’t allow unreasonable interruptions while you’re working.
9) Avoid administrative committees, unproductive conferences, and meetings that waste your time.
10) Buy a 20 gallon wastebasket for your office. Immediately (and gleefully) toss clinically irrelevant paper items into it.
11) Be careful how you use the phone. It takes up to 1/3 of some doctors’ time.
12) Consider charging for patient emails, and substituting these emails for phone calls.
13) Consider hiring a scribe to record relevant historical information and to enter data.
14) Consider installing an EMR but not until it is ready for prime time, saves time, boosts productivity, and is useful for communicating with others.
15) Consider applications of mobile devices to increase productivity – look for successful examples.
I could go on, but I will not. Instead, I will circle back to the opening quote an enter these observations from Peter Drucker: “Time is a unique resource..The supply of time is totally inelastic. No matter how high the demand, the supply will not go up…Yesterday’s time is gone forever and will never come back. Time is, therefore, in always in exceeding short supply. Time is totally irreplaceable."
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