Although everyone needs a website, most people don’t know where to begin or how they could put it to good use. Many doctors are often skeptical about buying web hosting space or starting up a website, because they are not aware of how it will benefit their patients and practice. With the onset of new domain tlds like .dentist, .doctor and .hospital, everyone in the healthcare industry wants to have an online presence. While there are numerous conventional uses for a website, this article deals with the special ways in which a website is useful to doctors or health care practitioners.
Most doctors give some free personal advise to each patient. The need for repeating themselves to each and every patient can be eliminated if they simply put up those instructions or advise on their website. Many doctors give dietary instructions or even basic safety or SOS guidelines regarding the medication. Instead of wasting their effort in repeating or printing the instructions, they can simply ask the patients to visit their webpage.
Apart from patient services, a doctor can always provide academic information to website visitors. This information will not only draw prospective patients, but may also help patients decide the right course of action for their ailments. If a doctor does have specialized knowledge in a particular field, it would be beneficial for him to share that information with others, so that they may get the right treatment at the right time.
The best clinics and laboratories provide online reports and case files of patients, available for access by the patient with a secure login. The website acts as a database of information regarding the patient’s progress and reports, like blood reports, X Rays, medical history, prior allergies, genetic information and so on. The patient can always see their health files and have an online record of them, which can be shared between doctors and can be kept secure at the same time. When seeking multiple opinions from different doctors within or outside the same clinic or hospital, a paperless system on their website would be ideal.
Among other information, every doctors clinic could automate the whole process of providing telephonic reminders, by simply scheduling an email or SMS for the patient. Rescheduling appointments and intimating patients when the doctor is away can also be done automatically. When the doctor will be unavailable or will be out on an emergency call, there may not be any other way of quickly informing the patients. This can be done by simply putting up an alert or notice on the website or in the patients online account on the website.
The doctor’s consulting hours or clinic timings are one of the most sought after pieces of information. Almost every patient at some point of time will want to know the timings for a visit or appointment with the doctor. This mundane and monotonous task can be done away with by simply having a page dedicated for this task. An automated appointment or token system could do wonders. But even a simple contact form could help the patients and relatives contact the doctor. Also information like location, driving directions, parking facilities etc. would definitely add value to the patients overall experience.