Everyone is talking about going paperless these days, causing therapists everywhere to wonder just what are the benefits to taking this technological leap. While obviously helping the environment is at the top of the list, there are a host of other reasons why you should rid your practice of stacks of paper and confusing files of clutter. Let’s take a look at the top three!
1. Cutting Down Time in Taking Notes
To start, an aspect where all mental healthcare would love to save a bit of time is in taking notes. While many therapists still keep that pad and pen handy at all times, using a tablet and simple note-taking software can go a long way in the effort to go paperless. This not only makes the practice of note-taking much more efficient, but it offers organizational benefits that could literally save you so much time that you might even be able to squeeze in an extra patient. With benefits like this, taking notes electronically should be the obvious next step to providing better private practice productivity.
2. You Can Save Time and Administration Efforts for Patient Screenings
Before going paperless, most patient screenings and questionnaires are conducted via a clipboard and a stack of photocopied paper, which are distributed by an employee upon check-in. Patients then hurriedly check boxes and scribble in answers, hoping to finish before their names are called. However, going paperless means that therapists can opt for a system offering online screening instruments, saving the practice both time AND money. Patients would also be able to access screenings from their smartphones, tablets or computers, keeping them better engaged in their therapy between office visits.
3. Your Files Are Safer and Easily Accessible
Finally, one of the most important benefits of going paperless in your private practice is that a leading HIPAA compliant software will keep your files safe, as well as provide much easier access. While most offices do take the necessary steps to backup important files, the point still remains that vital paperwork could be still be lost or even damaged. And when therapists choose to go paperless, they may also access their files from any place and at any time. With the technology that is available today, it just doesn’t make sense to employ college students to file paperwork and flip through clunky folders searching for elusive data.
Now that you know WHY you should go paperless, check out our post on HOW you can do it!