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How Clinics Have Learned to Cope with COVID-19? 

It’s been over one year since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many clinics have made changes to their policies and procedures to help their staff and patients cope with the new regulations. Patient7  is here to help provide you with the tools to help your clinic implement these new protocols in a more efficient manner.  

Patient7 Makes COVID-19 Questionnaires Easy 

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19, Coronavirus pandemic, we have all been forced to take various measures to adapt to the situation. Practitioners and clinics are no exception, as they have had to find new methods of obtaining screening information to keep their staff and patients safe. Patient7 developed a patient portal, which allows patients to complete their COVID-19 screening questionnaires prior to their appointments. These questionnaires give clinics an easy way to digitally collect patient screening information, obtain patient signatures and screen patients while limiting personal contact to do so.

Some jurisdictions have mandated that patients complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to entering a clinic. The screening questions should be asked prior to admitting a patient into the clinic, in order to keep the staff and other patients safe. Clinics could screen patients prior to their appointments by telephone, however, it is much easier and more efficient to send patients a link to a patient portal for them to log in and complete the questionnaire on their own. Patients could complete the form on their own time, in the convenience of their own homes, sign it and submit it. The results automatically upload right into their patient file, saving a significant amount of time for the staff. The additional cleaning protocols are already taxing your staff so making the screening process easier is more efficient for your clinic. 

Another feature of the patient portal, the COVID-19 screening questionnaire is that, if the patient indicates a possibility of COVID-19 positive because the patient has answered “yes” to any of the screening questions, the clinic and the patient receive an alert. Another feature that saves your staff time and may reduce potential positive patients from attending their appointments. This reduces your risk of exposure and allows the appointment to be available to another patient.  

Here is a sample of the COVID-19 Screening form pdf: 

Patient7 makes patient intake forms and consent forms filable online 

 Patient7  offers your patients the ability to complete their intake forms online as well. Patients can use their encrypted, secure login and enter their address, date of birth, preferred pharmacy, medical history, medication list, allergy information, surgical history and more. All pertinent information is pulled out of the intake form and highlighted in the Timeline of their patient profile. The forms are also saved as pdf files in their profile. Consent forms can be reviewed and signed from the patient portal as well. Patients do not have to fill in forms and then have the staff deal with filing them, which reduces the cross contaminants between patients and staff. These automated processes also reduce the paper that patients and your staff have to handle and deal with, which in turn improves efficiency and saves you time and money.

Patient7 allows the Creation of COVID-19 Screening Notes for Patient Charts 

 Once the patient arrives at the clinic, Patient7 clinic notes, allows the completion a COVID-19 screening to ensure the safety of the staff and other patients. The screening can either be completed verbally by the staff or it can be opened in the patient profile, given to the patient on a tablet, which can be signed and then saved directly in their file.

Patient7  and their team of software engineers are constantly updating and upgrading the technology. The global pandemic has forced us all to evaluate what we do and how we do it. Clinics have developed new protocols to keep their staff and patients safe. Patient7  strives to continue to provide its users with solutions to their clinical practices.