Top Medical Practice Wish List Items

July 23, 2013

Physicians very often have a clear vision of how things could be improved at their practices. What would you do if money was no object?

If money, space, and time (and in some cases reality) were not obstacles, what would you want for your medical practice? Here's what physicians and administrators tell us.

1. A hospital laboratory interface to help us meet meaningful use

2. Patients who show up on time with all paperwork completed

3. Credit card readers or a program to take payments online

4. A simple and quick way to obtain significant, past medical records for new patients

5. A new phone system with voicemail for each person

6. Not to be insurance dependent

7. Patient statements that are easy to understand

8. Automated appointment reminders

9. Elimination of meaningful use

10. An affordable and childproof waiting room kiosk

11. A teddy bear-shaped nebulizer

12. A better understanding among patients of their relationship with their insurers

13. Durable digital scales

14. Another power exam table

15. "Power of Jedi" mind tricks (to use during insurance authorizations)

16. The ability to provide more incentives to employees

17. A totally sound-proof room for administering vaccines

18. Quicker claims turnaround

19. More desk space for everyone

20. Certainty

Marisa Torrieri is an associate editor for Physicians Practice. She can be reached at marisa.torrieri@ubm.com.

Aubrey Westgate is an associate editor for Physicians Practice. She can be reached at aubrey.westgate@ubm.com.

This article originally appeared in the July-August 2013 issue of Physicians Practice.