On-line Patient Scheduling

on April 17th, 2006 | Filed under Optoblog

Someone wrote about allowing patients to schedule on-line using the new Google Calendar.

Aside from any HIPAA issues, I think on-line scheduling done by patients themselves is a very bad idea. As one commenter mentioned, triage is a very important issue regarding when/how soon you get someone it. Also, practice consultants have various scheduling schemes to help us maximize our time for seeing full exams, follow-ups, special testing, etc. Given that we pay for their advice, why would we place control of scheduling into the hands of the general public?

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  1. Bethany says:

    Other sites (4patientcare.com?) connect with your practice management software, so patients are scheduling themselves, but within your scheduling rules– you set the times you want exams… and they can only schedule at those times. I think it’ a great convenience for patients & huge timesaver for staff, but would only use it for routine exams. I wish it worked with Maximeyes.