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Can technology solve GP burnout?

February 28, 2019, by in Stress, Technology

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Can technology solve GP burnout?

Talk of GP burnout is never far from the headlines. Talk of more than half of GPs looking to leave the profession, many citing problems with workload and burnout, dominate the media. Stats back up the fact that burnout is a big problem too. Incredibly, more than a thousand GPs sought professional help from the

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Card payments – on the money or waste of time?

October 19, 2017, by in Money, Patients, Technology

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As we’ve discussed before on the Practice Index Blog, GP practices are increasingly having to think like businesses. That means focusing on return on investment, cutting costs and, crucially, looking for additional income streams. Revenue generation comes in many forms – but it’s only effective if you get paid for it – which brings us nicely

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How texting helps practices

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Text messaging between practices and patients can improve care and reduce patient visits, according to an Irish study published today. Researchers found practices in south-west Ireland using texting for a range of purposes, including the reporting of test results. It is now used by many UK practices for appointment reminders – but the Irish researchers

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Digital versus hard copy: the big communication debate

November 10, 2016, by in Patients, Technology

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Digital versus hard copy: the big communication debate

Paper or digital? When it comes to patient communication it’s a debate that’s often heard. What’s more effective? Which method offers better value? Which is least time consuming for practice staff? This topic was recently raised on the Practice Index Forum – where some excellent points of view were put forward. And, unsurprisingly, some practice

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