Do we need software in our labs, sleep lab management company, or hospital network?

There are so many things to consider before making the decision to purchase software.  In the sleep lab management industry, it starts with “Do we need this?” and ends with “What’s it going to cost to get my labs or hospital network up-and-running?”

This is the first in a series of blogs that will talk about some of the questions people should be asking when thinking about the purchase of sleep lab management software.

Do we need software in our labs, sleep lab management company or hospital network?

Well, if you want it to run as efficiently, securely and offer the most flexible options to your techs and physicians, then the answer is ‘yes’.  Let’s face it, we live in a technology-enhanced time. So many things have become possible due to automation and accessibility through the internet.  For most, information is at your fingertips 24/7 and with the help of sleep lab management software, your business can be too.

Beyond just adding flexibility, sleep-centric software offers features like sleep study processing which is not available in a basic EMR. You can transfer PSG data, review studies remotely, import scoring results, create workflow for HST’s, track your HST inventory and even setup HST shipping.

Take a look below for some reasons how sleep lab management software can be beneficial whether it’s used in a single lab or by a sleep lab management company with 50 locations.

  • Single sites:  The ability to work remotely, access patient information, view documents and create reports are just a few of the tasks that were previously only available when you were at the office.  Implementing a cloud-based solution gives you the freedom to get some extra work done after office hours, manage your business during times of inclement weather and enjoy some flexibility.  The days of CD’s or thumb drives are over.  Your data is stored securely and finding what you need is no more than a click and secure login away!
  • Multiple locations/Sleep lab management companies:  Sleep lab management software is definitely the answer for you.  The first thing to come to mind when I think of these types of businesses is getting a patient on the calendar for a sleep study.  Scheduling for many locations can often present challenges.  Your business is at an advantage when it can schedule across several sites and offer secure access with products like LabRetriever.  In addition, strong access controls limit the information available, so your physicians, techs, schedulers and staff are privy to only what you want them to see..
  • Hospital networks:  Here’s where it gets tricky!  Most hospitals have their own EMR in place for patient information and scheduling.  Sleep labs in those hospitals desperately want a way to transfer that information to software like LabRetriever and sometimes back to the EMR.  After all, eliminating duplicate entry of information can greatly increase the bottom line and help those labs use their budgeted dollars for more productive purposes.  If you think hospital-based labs are stuck using a generic EMR that isn’t centered around sleep, you would be wrong! It can be done!  We have several hospital-based customers that paid some extra money up-front to pay for an integration to their EMR, but continually reap the rewards in efficiency and communication.

In the end, if you’re in the business of sleep and want to take advantage of how technology can help manage operations, sleep lab management software is the answer.

Next up:

“What’s the opinion of our IT professionals?”

 

 

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