Many businesses have started going green over the years by implementing new technologies, automating medical accounts receivable solutions, and moving other operations online. With the introduction of electronic medical record systems, the healthcare industry has also started looking for ways to “go green” and decrease their carbon footprint. Following are a few easy steps that healthcare professionals can take to reduce their environmental impact and cut costs.
Move away from paper-based processes. EMR systems are helping hospitals and medical practices eliminate paper charts and prescription pads. Instead of wasting paper on visit notes, printing faxed lab results, and handing out patient education flyers, EMR software makes it possible for doctors to do everything on the computer, including receiving test results electronically, sending e-prescriptions to a patient’s pharmacy, and making educational resources available online through an EMR-integrated patient portal.
Automate billing tasks. Aside from implementing EMR software, providers should consider moving their accounts receivable to electronic-based systems as well. Billing software usually integrates easily with EMR systems, making it easier for staff members to access procedure codes for billing purposes, without that data having to be printed out. In addition, making it easy for patients to view their statements online and opt-out of paper statements can also help reduce your practice’s environmental impact.
Offer remote care for follow-up appointments. While insurance companies don’t generally cover remote appointments, visit times are typically shorter and take up less of the doctor’s time. Because of this, many physicians charge patients less for these services and some even offer the services at no cost, as it gives doctors the opportunity to schedule more visits.
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