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As temperatures outside drop, patient demand rises for vaccinations and treatments for flu, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The tripledemic wave can push your care team to the limit. To offer medical staff and providers some relief from the pressure, the American Medical Association (AMA) provides these tips to support infection control.

Stay informed of the latest RSV, flu, and COVID-19 prevalence data. This will keep your practice in the loop in managing the best infection prevention and control (IPC) practices. Require masks to maintain respiratory hygiene. CDC data revealed that even a plain fabric mask helps reduce respiratory droplets by more than 50%. Simply said—wearing a mask is still the right thing to do. 1 Reduce crowding in the waiting room this busy season with a curbside check-in option and eliminate the use of touch-screen kiosks and tablets.

The less time patients spend in your waiting room, the less risk of infections. Patients would feel safer providing their pre-visit information before they walk into the office. Staff and clinicians would be satisfied as well knowing the information they need is automatically fed into the practice management system and EHR.

What a relief it would be if your staff could trade in the manual, time-consuming patient information gathering, paperwork, and documentation for a completely digital patient intake form solution. This is possible today—but underutilized by many practices.

Are you hesitant to change? There’s no need to be. The American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes that a streamlined pre-registration process saves time and reduces paperwork for the patient and the team.

These are some benefits when you enable patients to complete intake work online.

Focus more on people, not data entry

Your time with patients is already limited. Patient care quality and provider satisfaction benefit from an experience that feels more like a conversation and less like an interview. Patients will appreciate the convenience of not rushing through paperwork in the office before a provider sees them.

Minimize errors and missing information

By eliminating the step of reading through and relying on patients’ written responses and entering them into a system, you are less likely to see data entry errors or blank spaces.

Stop struggling to decipher a patient’s handwriting

Some patients have—unique handwriting. Trying to understand scribbled handwriting jotted down on a clipboard is tedious and prone to error. Let’s leave this in the past.

Avoid data duplication and gaps in critical details

These errors are common with written intake processes but less with digital patient intake forms. When medical intake forms are filled out online before the appointment, there’s little risk of forgetting important documents at home. This supports less stress and fewer delays before the physician sees the patient.

Increase intake efficiency

By streamlining your patient intake process in one integrated IT solution, your practice can operate efficiently with minimal effort placed on your staff.

Digitizing the intake process allows patients to submit information before their visits:

  • Insurance
  • Demographic information
  • Consent forms
  • Administrative and clinical forms
  • Copay and balance collection

When your patients enter the doors of your practice, is their information automatically where it should be in the EHR and practice management system? If not, this is your sign to make a change.

Fewer papers on the front desk reflect a more streamlined approach to patient intake. When patients can complete their intake forms online, it adds another feather to your cap in making the patient experience as convenient as possible.

NextGen® Patient Engage powered by Luma offers a more convenient intake experience that reduces tedious information-gathering tasks for busy staff and relieves patients of the burden of paperwork before visits. From actionable appointment reminders to seamless payment processing, these features can help your practice experience an uptick in patient satisfaction.

Don’t be surprised if your patient feedback is significantly more positive after implementing an integrated, online intake solution.

To learn more about patient self-scheduling, contact us at 855-510-6398 or You can explore other time-saving patient engagement solutions in the e-book. Harmonize Your Healthcare: Providers and Patients Unite

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Cheryl Lejbolle

Vice President of Solutions for Patient Engagement

Cheryl joined NextGen Healthcare in 2018 to lead strategic initiatives for patient engagement, telehealth, and other solutions that enable the successful transition to value-based healthcare. With more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Cheryl has served in an array of leadership roles related to product development, marketing, and consulting.