Private in-home primary care providers are usually small, independent physicians, advanced practice nurses or physician assistants who prefer working independently with in-home patients. To remain profitable, in-home primary care providers (sometimes referred to as housecall doctors), must maximize the time spent with the patient and minimize the time spent on EMR data-entry and follow-up logistics. To do so is difficult without technology and support systems totally focused on this goal.
However, ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ is especially true for this group, as technology and other support systems must be customized to the needs of the independent provider. As such, Amaji provides the following examples for consideration.
Remote providers struggle with data-entry into an EHR. Amaji enables the provider to use an iPad for hand-written notes or for dictation which will be transmitted to Amaji’s operational center for transcription into the EMR. Amaji’s operations center provides personal support via telephone connectivity, therefore, the drive time between visits more closely resembles the support activities in an office-based practice. Amaji’s scheduling activities address patient geographies. Recently discharged patients rarely are in the same geographic area. Therefore, medical providers have hours of wasted time driving to these patients homes. Many of these discharged patients will continue to need care at home and will continue to receive care on a regular basis. Scheduling visits to these patients when the advanced practice nurse or physician assistant is in the geographic area will provide a full day of visits, thus decreasing the wasted drive time.