The following article is sponsored by AVImark.

It’s an exciting time to be in veterinary medicine! Technology is advancing at amazing speeds, and the latest technology can help you get the business of veterinary medicine done more quickly and efficiently, so you can spend more time treating your patients and growing your business. To that end, check out these helpful, technology-focused articles posted within the resources section of the AAHA website.

The top 5 time-wasters in veterinary medicine
When we ask veterinary practices to name their top practice management challenges, staff management and efficiency typically rank first, closely followed by increasing patient visits and boosting compliance. Certainly, the more efficient we are, the more time we have to care for clients and patients. Better efficiency is also linked to lower costs, which contributes directly to the bottom line. Here are the top time-wasters that should be done by software rather than staff. (Get the article here.)

Shopping for software? Ask these 5 questions
Once you see how the right technology can help you eliminate these time-wasters, you may realize that you’ve outgrown your current software. However, shopping for new software can be a daunting process. How do you properly assess your practice's needs? How do you select the best vendor partner? What should you know about the conversion process before signing the deal? And, what are you forgetting?

Asking the right questions up front can make the entire process easier and help you select the best software for your practice. It can also smooth out the conversion process and ensure that your staff receives the right training to get up and running quickly. If you’re starting the process of evaluating software, make sure you ask these five questions. (Get the article here.)

Can you expect an ROI from going paperless?
Eliminating time-wasters and selecting the right software for your practice are two steps toward boosting productivity and profitability. But is it really worth the effort to go paperless? Can you expect an ROI?

The simple answer is yes. Most practices lose a considerable amount of revenue through missed charges. A huge benefit of going paperless is capturing missed charges, and the only way to truly capture all charges is to go paperless.

But the benefits go beyond missed charges. Consider how much time is wasted on the inefficiencies of a non-paperless practice. Hand-written phone messages, chart filing, manually entering data multiple times, and more. Since time equals money—because freeing up staff to focus on client and patient care can yield big returns—we’ve done some general calculations to help you see how much you can save by implementing paperless features. (Get the article here.)

If you have other ideas for ways that software and technology can evolve to further help your practice, we’d love to hear them. Contact me at [email protected].

Messina Sinn is marketing manager at AVImark. She can be reached at [email protected]

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