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3 Reasons to Ditch the Clipboard in Your Medical Practice

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3 Reasons to Ditch the Clipboard in Your Medical Practice

Is your medical practice still using clipboards for any documentation your patient needs to complete?  We get it:  old habits die hard — but in this increasingly digital age, there’s a better way.

If you use EHR software, then making all of your forms electronic is a logical progression toward trashing those clipboards for good.  Here are 3 solid reasons why entirely digital documentation makes sense for your practice!

Save Yourself Time


Clipboards are time-wasters.  Not only do you have to look for the right papers for the patient to fill out when they arrive, but you also need to scan and file them properly once they are completed.  Worse yet, you need to ensure that they are always up-to-date, creating a constant source of work for your staff entering information into your system.

When you send all of your medical documentation digitally, you say goodbye to bulky filing cabinets and keeping track of pens.  Better yet, you save your patient time as well, allowing them to fill out everything before they even step foot in your office.  If they forget to fill out their forms ahead of time, need additional assistance, or don’t own an electronic device to use, keep a tablet at your practice for them to complete all screeners and consent forms.

Reduce Your Paper Consumption


According to the University of Southern Indiana, the average American uses 85,000,000 tons of paper annually, which amounts to about 680 pounds per person.  Furthermore, about 1 billion trees’ worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.  Why have your practice contribute to this ever-growing problem when you have the ability to do all of your documentation electronically?

Save a tree and go digital.  Not only is it the most environmentally sound choice to protect our forests and combat paper waste — it also cuts down on the amount of money you spend on paper, ink, pens, and clipboards.  This makes it a win-win for both your practice and the entire planet!

Clear Your Waiting Rooms


With the availability of COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise, patients might be less hesitant to sit in a waiting room, but the fact of the matter is social distancing is still a wise practice. Even if you’re protected against COVID-19, there are plenty of other illnesses you might contract from being close to another person.

By allowing the patient to digitally fill out any medical screeners or consent forms ahead of time, you have the ability to prevent waiting room time for them. Not quite ready to see them when they arrive? Allow them to wait in their cars until a room opens up, and you’ll keep them safer and possibly more comfortable.

Documentation Freedom and Flexibility Through DocResponse


When it comes to form completion, DocResponse’s innovative software makes your patient your best employee.  Here are two solutions that will maximize your digital workflow and make your life easier:

  • Digital check-in makes it simple to electronically collect all relevant patient information prior to the patient’s appointment, including:– Demographic Data
    – Insurance Information
    – Patient Histories
    – Co-pay and Outstanding Balance Payment Collection
    – Consent Forms
    – Required Screeners
    – Review of Systems (ROS)
    – Preliminary History of Present Illness (HPI)
  • Forms on Demand allows for greater flexibility with how screeners, consent forms, and payment collections are sent.  Whenever they’d like, the provider is able to select the documents of their choice and push them directly to the patient’s electronic device with the single click of a button, whether the patient’s at home, in your office, or anywhere in between.  This allows for a highly customized experience which benefits both your patient and provider.

Curious about implementing an entirely digital documentation workflow into your practice but don’t know where to start?  Schedule a free demo with DocResponse and we’ll take it from there!

Dr. Tarek Fahl

Dr. Tarek Fahl

Dr. Tarek Fahl is an acclaimed orthopedic surgeon and CEO of DocResponse. Renowned for his expertise in sports medicine, focusing on advanced shoulder and knee treatments, he’s lauded as one of America’s Top Surgeons, merging medical proficiency with healthcare technology innovation.

Dr. Tarek Fahl

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