As the year is winding down it's probably time to start thinking about the changes you plan to make in your practice in 2014. What goals do you have for the upcoming year? How do you plan to accomplish them? Maybe your practice is in need of a change.
Investing in a new eyecare practice management system might be the answer to some of your questions. But it's also important not to rush into such a big purchase for your practice. A new system can be a heavy investment and it's important to know exactly where your money is going and the benefits you'll be getting back from such a big expense. So step back and look at the big picture, because there are a lot of things to consider!
Some practices just accept the fact that they will have to invest in a software and reconcile it in their minds as a cost of doing business. They accept the upfront cost and write a blank check because the ongoing costs just keep coming - soft costs, hard costs, fixed costs, unexpected costs - and they just keep paying. We're on a mission to change that mindset!
Don't Write a Check for Your Eyecare Practice Management System Just Yet!
What's the real investment? Think about everything that goes into an eyecare practice management system. Take a minute to break down some of the most common factors that will affect your bottom line like software, hardware, and IT infrastructure.
Are you over paying for third party or add-on solutions? Your eyecare practice management and EHR solution is only one piece of the puzzle. Many practices use several other additional solutions to get full efficiency in their practice. You know, things like patient recall solutions, claim filing clearinghouses, ePrescribing, code verification, patient education tools, frame catalogs, business analytics, and online product ordering. Having to maintain separate agreements with these vendors is going to increase your costs. Or are some of these solutions built into the functionality of the system so that you can cut additional fees?
Are there long-term fees you aren't thinking about? Aside from the initial investment of your system what about annual fees, training and support, upgrades, and soft costs. We know this can be a lot to think about so we put together a total cost of ownership worksheet to help you organize the costs for all of your options when searching for a new system.
And we know there are a lot of software options out there for you to consider, and you should take the time to consider them all. Take a look at Uprise and see if it fits the needs of your practice!