Agree. One of the major benefits of centralized and computerized scheduling is the ability to predetermine the reason or indication of testing. Most software programs can be set up to require acceptable indications before being allowed to schedule a procedure or test.
Another feature is the ability to define the length of each procedure. Other features include the function to schedule inpatient testing allowing for transportation time and providing the nurse/patient/family an itinerary of their test times throughout the continuim of care. This eliminates conflicts in scheduling the same patient for multiple procedures and facilitates decreasing length of stay.
Connie McCoy, RVT
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