10 Must Have Patient Transport Software Features
Patient transport software is crucial for any medical service which requires patient’s to be picked up or dropped off for appointments. This might be from hospitals, GP surgeries, daycare and more. Without patient transport software you will lose control over which patients need to attend which appointments and you need to ensure you get them there on time and safely – preferably with a little time to spare!
So what can patient transport software do for your services? Well, with Road XS you can plan your routes in advance, optimise pickup times to save on fuel, allocate vehicles and drivers accordingly, accommodate mobility aids, automate your booking workflow and more!
Here’re some features which you need when you’re considering patient transport software:
Patient Transport Software Must Be Flexible
Life happens, things can change at a moments notice, especially in the medical world. This means you need to be able to respond accordingly and accurately. This means you need a flexible software which can grow and adapt with you at a moments notice. You will no doubt be operating in a team and potentially you could be working different geographical location this means your team need to be on the same page no matter where thy are.
Flexible Fee Structure
It’s good to know how much you’d be paying for your patient transport software, but the problem is, it means you very often overpay for a software which you might not use that much. For example, you pay in the thousands of pound for some really clever routing software but you’re really only operating a non-emergency transport service once a week. That’s why you need something which is scalable and covers any eventuality for your journey numbers.
In order to increase your accuracy you need to pinpoint your locations. The reason for this you might not arrive at someone’s house but an entrance or side entrance. This means your team needs to know exactly where to stop and park their vehicle. You need to precisely pinpoint that locations for greater accuracy. There’s no point just estimating on a map where you might end up, you need precision (to assist with getting them to the right drop off point).
Mobility Aid Management
You need to get to know your patients and passengers. They all have unique needs and there’s no better example of this than mobility aids. It’s not good placing someone in a small utility vehicle when they really need greater space and freedom handle their mobility aids. The thing is, you don’t have time to know and ask this every time so you need to build a profile on your passengers and only allocate them to vehicles which suit their needs.
GPS tracking increases your safety and vehicle utilisation. It’s not just an add-on. Equally, you don’t want to be paying hundreds of pounds extra a month to add trackers You need a software which includes GPS in its offerings. This provides the real value to all services who manage patient transport and is a key factor when choosing your patient transport software.
Driver Stop Management
Sometimes your drivers need a break and this needs planning into your route management. Very often patient transport software is too prescriptive (pardon the pun!). Your drivers are human, not robots so the breaks for fuel and coffee need factoring in and you need a fluid route manager to handle all of those steps so you know where your vehicles are and what status the driver is at.
Ongoing Updates and Support
Your patient transport services will change overtime, so it’s important that your transport software adopts with you. This means your best possible option is a software as a service options (SaaS). This will ensure you automatically obtain software updates and don’t have to worry about the back end hardware, it’s all included for you.
Whilst not common in patient transport software, your driver portal is the missing key in the puzzle. This ensures that every time you update a journey or re-allocate a driver based on a cancellation or change of requirement, your journeys and their updates are automatically communicated to your drivers. A driver portal saves your admin team time and opens you up to operate a demand responsive transport service which maximizes your resources to the full.
Modern, Clean Design
You need your software to be easy to use and for all workflows to make logical sense. Software design extends well beyond the way it looks, it also goes deeper into your processes to raise your operating standards. A modern design and approach opens you up to the biggest chance of success in getting the software adopted by your team. The better the software looks and the smoother it operates the happier and more fun you’ll have!
Route optimisation is often overlooked when it comes to patient transport software. This is because the primary focus is getting your passengers to appointments safely, but in optimising the routes, when you involve more than one passenger on a trip, it’s important to save operational costs. This is what route optimisation brings you. With route optimisation you save fuel and time and ensure.
Must Be Secure
Security must be a priority with your patient transport software. With the introduction of the GDPR in May 2018 you must ensure you meet compliance as a bare minimum when meeting your data security requirements. You must also ensure two factor authentication to instil the highest levels of security right from the start.
The speed in which your services will operate at, it’s important you and your team stay on top of the most important tasks. This means you need to know your next most important action. This will ensure you meet your targets and deliver a streamlined service. Your patient transport software should keep you organised and automate your next actions so you can concentrate on more important tasks within your transport services.
If you operate more than one vehicle then you must optimise your fleet to their full potential. This includes optimising your routes and pickups so that you are not wasting time on trips when your vehicles could be better utilized. By optimising your pickup order you ensure that everyone gets picked up in a ‘flow’ state rather than zigzagging back and forth. The more fluid your routes the more streamlined your patient transport service will be. You’d be amazed how many more trips you can fit in when you optimise your routes.
Whilst you may not directly charge with your services, it’s important that you keep on top of any invoicing. In doing so this means you can keep an eye on cash flow and ensure if you do invoice that they are sent and paid in a timely manner. The most ideal solution is to also take online payments so you are not having to handle cash payments which takes time to process.
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