As we approach the Fourth of July celebration, we think of barbecues, parades and fireworks. Along with family gatherings, this is about the time we see thousands of injuries and trips to the local emergency room related to fireworks. In 2016, the Consumer Products Safety Commission reported 11,000 fireworks-related injuries and four deaths, and more fires are reported during July 4th than any other holiday.… Read more
Summer is a great time to head outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Unfortunately, it’s also a season for increased injuries and ER visits. According to the National Safety Council, three people die and 847 people are injured from preventable injuries every 10 minutes. That’s about the amount of time it takes to walk your dog or sweep your front porch.… Read more
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend on average 93% of their life indoors. Summer is the perfect time to encourage patients to get outside and get moving. As part of Great Outdoors Month, there’s no better time to promote a healthier lifestyle by educating patients on why they need to ditch the couch and head outdoors to reduce anxiety, improve blood pressure and improve physical health. Whether camping, fishing, rock climbing, or simply hanging out in the neighborhood park, nature offers each of us plenty of ways to get active, explore and strengthen our bonds with friends and family.… Read more
National Men’s Health Week is this week, leading up to Father’s Day on Sunday. It’s a great time to remind men to take the necessary steps to be healthier and that they don’t have to do it alone. Keeping patients engaged is critical to their overall health, and utilizing key events can help promote awareness and preventive care.… Read more
As we approach Memorial Day Weekend, it’s a great time to educate patients about the importance of heat safety, whether it’s during work or play. Seasonal wellness and prevention campaigns are a great way to increase patient engagement and improve patient communication. Whether you have a small practice or are part of a larger healthcare system, there are many tactics you can use to empower patients to take a more active role in their health.… Read more
January is National Blood Donor Month and right now there is an urgent need for donors of all blood types to offset a serious shortage. According to the American Red Cross, there were 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. Additionally, severe winter weather has forced more than 150 blood drives to cancel, resulting in 5,500 blood donations to go uncollected.… Read more
According the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), influenza activity in the U.S. remains low, however, there are things you can do to prepare your patients for the flu season including:
- Share informational flu handouts for those who have questions about vaccinations or those who refuse to have a flu shot. You can download a “Get the Facts” flyer here from the CDC.
What are your callers listening to when they are placed on hold? Effective communication is critical when patients come to you on an inbound basis. When callers are placed on hold, it’s an ideal time to share information. Here are 6 ways to do just that.
If your answer to any of these five questions is “YES”, then you’re missing out by not having a practice-specific on-hold messaging program in place TODAY.
Does your practice offer add-on services and treatments?
Your on-hold program is an effective forum to spread the word. While the providers and staff may mention these services while the patient is in the office, additional promotion of these opportunities in your on-hold program can remind the patient to schedule once a live party is back on the line.… Read more
It’s inevitable. Despite the best intentions of a busy practice, some callers will have to be placed on hold. Though it is an inconvenience, it is possible for patients to have a positive experience while waiting to speak with your office. Just think about how on-hold time can be leveraged to benefit your practice.… Read more