The life of an OD is hectic. Whether you run a single OD practice, collaborate with multiple ODs in a single location, or fill the need of a retail location, the long hours, working weekends, and unpredictable patient schedule can take a toll on the OD's life.
When running an optometric practice, there are a few strategies that can help take some of the stress off of your day-to-day activities and to make your life easier.
3 Simple Things ODs Can Do To Make Their Lives Easier
For the OD, your technician should be your best friend. Being able to offload a lot of pre-exam steps like reviewing patient information, assisting patients with questions or paperwork, or conducting pre-tests will improve your office workflow, increase the quality of the time with your patients, and make your life easier.
Some pre-tests that you can offload to your technician include:
- Visual acuities
- Ocular motility
- Cover testing
- Confrontation fields
- Color vision testing
- Stereopsis testing
- Amsler’s grid testing
Use Clinical Decision Support
The average adult makes tens of thousands of decisions a day. And, according to this post, 226.7 decisions are just on food. Now, factor in the decisions an OD has to make after diagnosing an issue with a patient’s ocular health and the chance of decision fatigue setting in can increase the likelihood of making bad decisions.
Using an EHR with clinical decision-making support can reduce the amount of decisions an OD has to make by populating diagnosis, treatment, orders, special testing, and patient education information based on best practices from a single entry made during annotation.
Automate Patient Recalls
Patient no-shows and late patients complicate the patient schedule and add stress to the OD’s day. Reduce the number of no-shows by sending automated patient messages reminding patients of upcoming appointments. Automating this typically manual, error-prone task reduces the stress of worrying about things being done incorrectly and can improve patient attendance.
For more tips to make your life easier, download our practice efficiency ebook.