This section includes information about building, operating and maintaining a technology infrastructure for your practice that simplifies record keeping, practice management, electronic claims submission and billing, while tapping into Web resources for appropriate and effective outreach to potential clients and referral sources.
- Automating Your Practice, Part 1:
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Important factors to consider in automating a practice, including making effective use of technology to handle routine administrative tasks.
- Automating Your Practice, Part 2:
Deciding What Technology You Need (and Don’t Need)
This is the second article in a three-part series on automating a psychology practice. It explains how to conduct a technology needs assessment to identify computer hardware and software tools to automate your particular practice.
- Automating Your Practice, Part 3:
Selecting and Configuring Technology
While each practice is unique, and each will likely have special hardware or software needs, here are a few sample equipment, software and service configurations designed to get you started.
- Broadband for Psychology: Shifting to High-speed Internet Access
- Choose a Computer That’s Right for You
- An Ounce of Prevention: Prepare for Computer Failure
- How to Recover Your Data When Disaster Strikes
- Electronic Claims 101: The Future Is Now
Practitioners are finding that transmitting insurance claims electronically to carriers, managed care companies, and other healthcare payers can increase their practice's cash flow and help to streamline their billing operations.
- Trends: Practices Are Moving to Electronic Claims
- Getting Control of Your E-mail Inbox
Managing email can also be a burden, consuming practitioners' time and taking them away from other important business and professional activities. This article offers some simple tips for getting control of your email inbox and processing your email more efficiently.
- Identity Theft: Take Steps to Minimize Risk
According to a 2003 survey of identity theft victims, the emotional impact of identity theft can parallel that of victims of violent crime. Setting accounts and credit right again takes victims an average of 600 hours of work.
- Avoiding Identity Theft: Tips for Psychologists
- Protecting Your Patients from Identity Theft
- Privacy of Health Records a Top Concern for Consumers
It is important for practitioners to ensure they have taken steps to adequately protect their patients' records as required by HIPAA, and to communicate this information to current and potential patients.
- Eight Simple Tips for Keeping Your Computer Running Smoothly
- Securing Your Computer
- Beware of Spyware: Is Your Computer Being Monitored?
- Finding the Computer Support You Need
- Is Your Computer Protected from Theft?
Whether you use a laptop or a desktop computer, it's important to take precautions to guard against theft. This is especially important if your computer contains confidential information about your patients or your practice.
- Getting the Most from Your Computer
- Elements of a Professional Website