Healthcare Scheduling Systems and Integrations
Over the past year and a half, organizations around the world have been forced to upgrade their digital systems to meet the new demands of living and working with COVID-19. In the healthcare sector, this has meant creating better and faster ways to help patients and doctors schedule appointments.
Although Spurwing doesn’t directly provide healthcare tech, we have help healthcare providers offer better scheduling options for their patients. Using automated scheduling systems, appointment scheduling APIs and booking integrations, you too can reduce your patients’ and doctors’ stress.
In this blog post, we will take a look at what we’ve learned since the start of the pandemic and share some of our insights into why scheduling systems and APIs have become so effective.
Booking a doctor’s appointment shouldn’t be a reason for patients or doctors to stress yet, every year, patients miss their appointments due to delays and rescheduling conflicts that end up costing nearly $150 billion a year.
For patients, much of this stress comes from dealing with insurance companies. Patients must first find out if their insurer will cover the appointment, causing them to go back and forth with the company. Appointment scheduling API can ease some of their stress by giving patients a visual real-time schedule to pick an appointment based on their availability.
Yet, it’s not just the patient who gets more flexibility. Healthcare professionals will have more time to focus on their other work rather than dealing with scheduling issues and chasing up patients who missed their appointments.
Best of all, an appointment scheduling API can send out appointment reminders so patients can remember to cancel ahead of time, if needed, and free up space for patients who need to see the doctor as soon as possible.
Conduct Consultations Remotely
Sometimes a patient doesn’t have to be physically inspected. Instead, the doctor can remotely assess their patients’ symptoms from the comfort of their office or home. Using digital integration, doctors can still interact face-to-face with the patient while maintaining social distance.
For patients, the greatest benefit of remote consultations is that they can speak with a doctor much sooner. Patients no longer have to come into the practice to be assessed and doctors’ appointment times are expedited. In as little as 15 minutes, a patient could have the answer to their medical problem.
Remote consultations also keep doctors safe from contagious diseases. If they suspect that the patient is infected with something catching, they can advise the staff at the practice to prepare in advance for when the patient goes in for a physical examination.
An Increase in Healthcare Marketplaces
As COVID-19 continues to create chaos across the globe, we have seen an increase in the number of healthcare marketplaces hoping to help service providers with their scheduling issues. They come in a wide variety of options — from in-home services to remote consultation services — but at their core, they are leading the healthcare world with digital services.
Marketplaces can also request that doctors sync their calendars with the platform so they also never miss an appointment. Doctors and patients work with the same schedules so there will never be a double-booking and both parties can show up to their appointments on time.
We Promote Fitness and Well-Being
There’s more to health than just seeing the doctor. Apps that offer diet and exercise routines have become the newest health trend as of late and our scheduling systems can work hand-in-hand with these programs. Simply add an event to your calendar and the schedule will send out reminders so you never miss a glass of water or your daily yoga routine.
Perhaps you own a gym? You can even use Spurwing Scheduling API to schedule classes with your athletes. They can go in and pick a date when they want to train and you just be there to help out!
COVID-19 has shown that digital technology is more important in the modern world than we ever could have realized. Healthcare providers are now using our advanced digital integration and scheduling API to take the burden off their patients and staff. Rather than leaving patients to struggle, they now have the power to pick their appointments at their own availability.