Voicemail, Repeat Requests and Multitasking: Inefficiencies in Today's Healthcare
10 days ago - By THCB
By HANS DUVEFELT
My nurse regularly gets at least 50 voicemails every day, many saying “please call me back”.
I have one patient who frequently tests the patience of our clinic staff by calling multiple times for the same thing. He is the most dramatic example of what seems to be a widely held belief that physicians, nurses and medical assistants sit at their desks and answer phone calls all or most of their time. But when we do, we are often hampered by busy signals, phone tag or “voice mail not set up”. Electronic messaging isn't a panacea, because patients don't necessarily know what we...
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