Resolving patient calls more efficiently with Health Desk
In the midst of a busy day, it’s not always easy to call my doctor’s office to get advice or schedule an appointment. It’s even harder when I have to leave a message, and I’m in a meeting when the office calls back. Sometimes, it can take hours or even days to resolve the issue.
Today’s patients expect more. The experience they have on those calls, and whether everything is resolved quickly and easily, affects their overall experience with a practice as much as interaction during in-person appointments.
Through the Allscripts Developer Program, we provide lots of options to help providers connect with patients to help resolve patient questions, issues and needs as efficiently and effectively as possible. Health Desk, by Keona Health, is a tool that can help providers effectively engage with patients calling or asking for health advice over smartphones, tablets or computers.
Health Desk is a ticketing and expert system for telephone triage for medical practices. What’s more, it’s the only software of its kind integrated into Allscripts Professional EHR™ and Allscripts TouchWorks® EHR platforms.
While many practices may focus on documentation and protocol consistency for telephone triage, they also need to meet patient expectations of fast resolution times and consistent service across the practice – no matter which doctor and nurse they see.
Health Desk is an Allscripts-certified application that:
- Guides front-desk staff through triage intake when patients first call
- Helps route calls appropriately with full documentation, so patients don’t repeat themselves
- Enables providers to implement custom protocols and routing
- Streamlines after-hours handling and documentation, removing daily faxes
- Includes clinical decision support
- Supports consistent workflow and patient service
- May reduce liability by automating triage documentation and sending data directly to the electronic health record (EHR)
Health Desk improves triage at UNC Campus Health Services
UNC-Chapel Hill Campus Health Services implemented Health Desk, and then studied the implementation through an NIH grant. UNC Director of Campus Health Services Dr. Mary Cov