Fort Myers, FL (PRWEB) April 16, 2010
In today's rapidly changing communication era, doctors are finding other ways to stay in touch with patients. Stamps, mailings, phone calls, paper, and printing are gradually being replaced by the more cost effective method of secure electronic communications. Many doctors are adopting Phemr's patient portal to reduce cost, provide patients more access and exchange information with other physicians. This has lead to dramatic increases in patient portal sales over recent months.
Via the patient portal, patients may do several things such as request prescriptions, appointments, view bills and pay bills, access lab results and even have virtual office visits or e-Consults with their physician. From the patients perspective the portal offers a quick way to contact their physician without waiting for normal business hours to resume. "I don't have to call in and be placed on hold to get my refill...I love it." says Debbie C a patient portal user.
In this economy, physicians are looking for ways to reduce overhead costs and portals are helping to accomplish this. They don't go through as much paper as before and time spent on taking phone calls has been reduced. Staff members are notified instantly that something needs their attention and an administration panel can be easily accessed at any time.
Some have even found the virtual office visit to be a cost effective solution for their patients as well. If an established patient had a minor incident, such as a cold or minor burn, they may not need to come into the office. They could complete a virtual office visit with their physician and patients are charged a fraction of what an office visit would cost. Physicians set the cost of these consults ranging from free to $50 for a virtual consult. The income from the virtual consults pays for the system in and of itself. Some insurance companies are even starting to offer some reimbursements for these services.
One great feature that users are excited about is the ability to share records with other physicians quickly and easily. Doctors can release necessary patient files and lab results to referring or primary care physicians. This is saving a lot of time and resources and giving their fax machine a break.
Phemr has seen a huge increase in sales over recent months, and expects the trend to continue. Since they have worked hard to make their portal communicate with EMR/EHR software, physicians don't need to use their EMRs portal, don't have to switch when they switch, or can even be on paper charts to use the system.
For more information, visit http://www.phemr.com or call (888) 743 - 6748.