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Now Is a Good Time for a Checkup—With Your Answering Service - MedConnectUSA - ContactCenterWorld.com Blog

Now Is a Good Time for a Checkup—With Your Answering Service

We know that regular checkups are in important part of taking care of our physical health. We also check in with our financial advisor and do periodic oil changes on our car.

In the same manner it's wise to have seasonal checkups with your medical answering service to make sure they're ready to serve you and your patients in the best possible way. As summer ends and we move into fall, now is a great time to schedule a checkup with your answering service.

Here are some things to consider 

Staff Changes

Over time employees come and go. Healthcare providers join your practice or clinic, while support staff may arrive and depart on a regular basis. With all that's involved in onboarding new members to your team, as well as saying goodbye, it's a lot of details to keep track of.

In addition to changes in staffing, a related issue is changes in roles. Employees may take on new assignments or move into new positions, with new responsibilities.

Letting your answering service know about these changes often gets overlooked, but they need up-to-date information to properly handle your calls and represent you appropriately to your patients.

Review your employee roster and their duties with your answering service to help them better help you and your patients. Don't leave your answering service in the dark.

Update Contact Information

Another thing that changes is contact information. Employees may get a new home phone or cell number. Perhaps alternate forms of contact have changed. An answering service that doesn't have the right information or accurate numbers to reach your staff will encounter roadblocks as they work for you.

As you review your employee list with your answering service, doublecheck all contact information that they have to make sure it's current.

Key Practice Details

Did you change your hours? Did your office move or add a location? Check to make sure your answering service knows. Too often no one communicates this to your answering service, and they're still giving patients your old information. Also look at what your answering service has listed for alternate phone numbers for your office, as well as your main email address, fax number, and private line.

New Call-Handling Protocols

In the ever-changing healthcare environment, our processes must adapt with it, striving to best respond to evolving conditions and expectations. Make sure your medical answering service knows about your preferred call-handling protocols. If they're operating under old instructions that no longer apply, it will be hard for them to do the job you want them to.

This includes defining what constitutes an urgent call, what's referred to the ER, and what can wait for the office in the morning. Related to this is on-call procedures. Is your answering service operating under your current expectations? You can avoid a lot of frustration for yourself, your staff, and your answering service when you verify that the instructions you once gave them are still what you want them to follow. 

Conclusion

Now is a great time to schedule a checkup with your medical answering service to make sure they're aware of staff changes and how to reach them, know the correct information about your practice, and have up-to-date instructions on how you want your calls handled.

Don't wait for a problem to occur to prod you to review the information and instructions your answering service has. If you and they are operating under different parameters, frustration will result. And no one wants that.

Now is a great time for a checkup with your medical answering service.

Learn how medical answering service from MedConnectUSA can help your practice, clinic, or facility. Then get a free quote to discover how affordable their healthcare communication services are. Peter Lyle DeHaan is a freelance writer and call center authority.

Source: http://medconnectusa.com/blog/now-is-a-good-time-for-a-checkup-with-your-answering-service

Publish Date: August 23, 2018 5:00 AM


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1.) 
AMC Technology

DaVinci
DaVinci provides Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) to a library of pre-built applications + UXiPaaS (User Experience Integration Platform as a Service) built specifically for contact centers. As contact center needs evolve, organizations need to have access to extend or create new functionality, without waiting to be a part of a software roadmap. Get the benefits of CTI within your CRM like screen pop, click-to-dial, screen transfer, speed dial and more, but future-proof your contact center so you can expand and integrate how and when you want.

2.) 
Call Center Studio

Call Center Studio
Call Center Studio is the world’s first call center built on Google and is one of the most secure and stable systems with some of the industry’s best reporting. It is one of the most full-featured enterprise grade systems (with the most calling features, one of the best call distribution, outbound dialing features and integrations—including IVR, AI Speech Recognition, blended inbound/outbound calling and includes Google’s new Dialogflow and Speech API. Call Center Studio is the absolute easiest to use (with a 10 minute setup), and is the price performance leader with lower equipment cost and less setup time.

3.) 
ComSys S.A.

CLink for CRM and Call Center Integration
CLink by Comsys is a middleware that connects in real-time the CRM and the contact center applications. CLink enhances the CRM with interaction management capabilities from the contact center that allow agents to work more productively across all communication channels.
Comsys is a provider of οmnichannel customer engagement solutions that assist companies around the world in delivering unique customer experiences. For the last 15 years, Comsys designs and implements complex projects for clients from the outsourcing, financial services, telecommunications, and retail sectors. Comsys enjoys strategic partnerships with technology vendors like Cisco®, Aspect Software®, and Microsoft® for the delivery of innovative interaction management and contact center optimization solutions.

4.) 
Consilium Software

Consilium UniAgent™
Today’s call centers need their agents to work more naturally, and respond better and faster. Here, we talk about the innovations Consilium has made with the latest desktop and mobile agent releases of the UniAgent™ CRM connector. From small enterprises to Fortune 500 companies and governments across 110 countries, UniAgent™ comes into action right at the moment of reckoning, making every contact center experience engaging and personalized, powered by simplified customer identification and anticipating customer needs.
UniAgent™ provides CRM integrations between all the Cisco contact center solutions (UCCX, PCCE, UCCE and HCS-CC) and over 20 CRMs, such as Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics 365...
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5.) 
IntraNext Systems

IntraNext Systems develops agent efficiency tools and data security software solutions for medium-to-large contact centers. Our Event Intelligence® Platform solutions include SmartCTI™, iGuard®, and SmartSIP™. SmartSIP is based on our patented SIP layer technology and provides a DTMF masking solution for VoIP environments.

6.) 
Megacall

CRM integration
CRM
We know how important it is for a business to obtain data from its customers and to manage them effectively, so we help small to large companies by integrating their CRM with the Virtual Switchboard.

This type of integration will simplify the work of your team and improve the management performance of the contact list and its information.

7.) 
NovelVox

NovelVox CTI Connector
NextGen Cisco Finesse, Genesys & Avaya Embedded CTI Connectors for Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, ServiceNow, Zendesk & more.

8.) 
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PhoneIQ
What is PhoneIQ?
PhoneIQ is the modern cloud phone system and contact center platform built exclusively for companies on Salesforce. Our all-in-one cloud communications platform brings together power dialing, local presence, voicemail drop, Salesforce call routing, call recording and a complete PBX replacement that lives within your CRM. With support for desktop, mobile, and desk phones, PhoneIQ works seamlessly at the office or remote, logging all interactions in Salesforce and generating reports in real-time.

Best For
Companies using Salesforce and looking for a phone system, dialer, or contact center software that provides deep integration capabilities with their CRM and expert Salesforce support.

9.) 
Teckinfo Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

InterDialog UCCS
InterDialog UCCS - a robust contact/ call center software that helps organizations provide a seamless customer experience across all channels in the customer service journey. All interactions from various channels come to a single unified queue on the InterDialog platform. With unified view agents get to see all historical interactions , enabling him to give a resolution quickly. InterDialog UCCS is a comprehensive Contact/Call Center Software with robust CTI, Unified Q ( ACD), Reporting, Unified Agent Management, Administrator, Supervisor - Monitoring (Pmonitor)
 



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