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When Patients Have To Remind Doctors About Their Appointments

Like many offices, we have a policy of calling patients to remind them of upcoming appointments, usually one to two days ahead of time. With the advent of our new EMR, we have the option of having the system send them email reminders. The vast majority of folks who’ve received these just love them. But there are still several patients a day who get phone calls.

The other recent change in the office, cutting the staff by 50%, means that my one remaining staffer is the one who makes the calls. She has other stuff to do, though — lots of other stuff, actually — so that she may not get around to these calls until later in the day.

Thank goodness our patients are right on the ball:

Phone rings.

Solo Staffer: Hello?

Elderly patient with appointment tomorrow: Hey! You forgot to call me to remind me about my appointment tomorrow!

SS: I’m so sorry, sir. You know, the other staffer retired and she was the one who used to make those calls. I really was going to call you; I promise.

EPWAT: Well I just wanted to make sure you remembered about my appointment tomorrow.

SS: Yes indeed; we’ll see you tomorrow.

EPWAT: Very good.

*This blog post was originally published at Musings of a Dinosaur*


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One Response to “When Patients Have To Remind Doctors About Their Appointments”

  1. I love it! We are in the midst of our EHR conversion and so far the extra data entry work has me staffed up not down. Patients are pretty ‘deer in the headlights’ too. Oh vey! Nice to see it settles down at some point.

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