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How Best to Schedule Your Interventional Workflow

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Being able to schedule your workflow appropriately in Interventional medicine is very essential to get the best results. But doing this isn’t always easy. One way of doing this successfully is by trying to streamline your workflow. It is important to evaluate your workflow as your practice starts to grow.

Most practices have found that as people begin to perform a number of tasks, they usually become inefficient, particularly if these tasks are redundant or not needed. However, there is a way that can allow you to schedule your workflow appropriately and this is what we are going to share with you here. This involves four simple steps.

  • Define Your Workflow

It is important to be able to define your current workflow. By assessing your current workflow, you can advise employees on how to change their current work into a different model that will continue to ensure that all their responsibilities will still be handled. Pain management clinics usually involve a lot of complex processes in order to determine the appropriate course of action.

When it comes to a Radio Frequency Ablation procedure, we find as the practice grows, we become less efficient. Handling patient calls, calling insurance to follow up on authorizations and calling to get more information from patients are all different activities. Here, we encourage the staff to focus and work consistently on just one part of the project without any distractions in order to obtain maximum quality, consistency and efficiency while completing the task.  When an order for an RFA is written in the clinic, we have a defined set of processes that need to be followed.

  • Identify the Key Steps in the Process

From the time we write an order for a procedure when the patient is scheduled for the procedure, this is a step that comes into play. This process basically consists of just 4 main steps that need to be followed – obtain authorization, obtain clearance, schedule the patient and also make sure the order of operations is already established. Each step is very essential for designing improved workflow and to discover steps that may not be needed in the current workflow.

  • Assign Tasks

It is important for you to hand out tasks to various people for completion. Identify different departments that can handle different roles. We give each department a clearly defined role in scheduling a procedure. However, here there is a fear that if you put cross-trained employees in just one department they may lose their flexibility.

  • Execute the Plan

This stage may be difficult as it involves moving from your current workflow to a new workflow. Merely assigning roles to different departments won’t be enough. You need to designate a manager to take charge and execute the changes.

Some interventional physicians may opt to do several procedures over eight to 10 hours one or two days a week, while others may prefer doing fewer procedures three or four days a week just to avoid the physical strain Though the longer day may seem more efficient, it will require rest between cases and this will make it inefficient.

The growth in utilization has increased workload for interventionists and this results in orthopaedic strains that can end your career. In such a case, you need to come check out Zero-Gravity – a new product launched by us, CFI Medical, that has a suspended radiation protection system, which ensures better results for your clinic. It eliminates body strain and facilitates easy movement and therefore we recommend trying this product of ours and experiencing its benefits first hand.

Streamlining workflow is hard to do, but it is necessary. These steps help organizations achieve shifts in workflow that minimize negative consequences and maximize results. If done properly, it will surely help pain clinics to reach out to patients and improve quality of patient care. We are keen to hear your views or experiences on what you found was the best way to deal with this.

How Best to Schedule Your Interventional Workflow Maanasi Mixed Bag
Being able to schedule your workflow appropriately in Interventional medicine is very essential to get the best results. But doing this isn’t always easy. One way of doing this successfully is by trying to streamline your workflow. It is important to evaluate your workflow as your practice starts to...
<p class="p1">Being able to schedule your workflow appropriately in Interventional medicine is very essential to get the best results. But doing this isn’t always easy. One way of doing this successfully is by trying to streamline your workflow. It is important to evaluate your workflow as your practice starts to grow.</p> <p class="p1">Most practices have found that as people begin to perform a number of tasks, they usually become inefficient, particularly if these tasks are redundant or not needed. However, there is a way that can allow you to schedule your workflow appropriately and this is what we are going to share with you here. This involves four simple steps.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Define Your Workflow</strong></li> </ul> <p class="p1">It is important to be able to define your current workflow. By assessing your current workflow, you can advise employees on how to change their current work into a different model that will continue to ensure that all their responsibilities will still be handled. Pain management clinics usually involve a lot of complex processes in order to determine the appropriate course of action.</p> <p class="p1">When it comes to a Radio Frequency Ablation procedure, we find as the practice grows, we become less efficient. Handling patient calls, calling insurance to follow up on authorizations and calling to get more information from patients are all different activities. Here, we encourage the staff to focus and work consistently on just one part of the project without any distractions in order to obtain maximum quality, consistency and efficiency while completing the task.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>When an order for an RFA is written in the clinic, we have a defined set of processes that need to be followed.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Identify the Key Steps in the Process</strong></li> </ul> <p class="p1">From the time we write an order for a procedure when the patient is scheduled for the procedure, this is a step that comes into play. This process basically consists of just 4 main steps that need to be followed - obtain authorization, obtain clearance, schedule the patient and also make sure the order of operations is already established. Each step is very essential for designing improved workflow and to discover steps that may not be needed in the current workflow.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Assign Tasks</strong></li> </ul> <p class="p1">It is important for you to hand out tasks to various people for completion. Identify different departments that can handle different roles. We give each department a clearly defined role in scheduling a procedure. However, here there is a fear that if you put cross-trained employees in just one department they may lose their flexibility.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Execute the Plan</strong></li> </ul> <p class="p1">This stage may be difficult as it involves moving from your current workflow to a new workflow. Merely assigning roles to different departments won’t be enough. You need to designate a manager to take charge and execute the changes.</p> <p class="p1">Some interventional physicians may opt to do several procedures over eight to 10 hours one or two days a week, while others may prefer doing fewer procedures three or four days a week just to avoid the physical strain Though the longer day may seem more efficient, it will require rest between cases and this will make it inefficient.</p> <p class="p1">The growth in utilization has increased workload for interventionists and this results in orthopaedic strains that can end your career. In such a case, you need to come check out Zero-Gravity - a new product launched by us, CFI Medical, that has a suspended radiation protection system, which ensures better results for your clinic. It eliminates body strain and facilitates easy movement and therefore we recommend trying this product of ours and experiencing its benefits first hand.</p> <p class="p1">Streamlining workflow is hard to do, but it is necessary. These steps help organizations achieve shifts in workflow that minimize negative consequences and maximize results. If done properly, it will surely help pain clinics to reach out to patients and improve quality of patient care. We are keen to hear your views or experiences on what you found was the best way to deal with this.</p>

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