As a medical practice, you know how important bedside manner is for generating patient satisfaction. But no matter how proficient your practice is, you can't deliver your services without getting patients in the door. Over 80% of patients select practitioners by researching their medical practice website and patient reviews. Did you know that one out of four adult patients lives with a disability? That means up to 25% of people viewing your website require ADA compliance to effectively absorb your content. Many practices aren't aware that their website needs to be compliant, since the ADA doesn't overtly broadcast it. But the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) outline clear requirements for website compliance, and those failing to comply are being hit with serious lawsuits. Take a look at what ADA compliance for medical practices means for your website, and how PracticeBeat can help you access patients and avoid costly litigation.
Topics: Best Practices
Word-of-mouth and referrals don’t promote practices they way they used to. Why? 70 percent of Americans let online reviews guide their decision when choosing a doctor. Moreover, as many as 30 percent of web visitors will leave a site if the information is not patient-focused. To attract and retain patients and gain an edge over competing practices, it is incumbent on healthcare providers to showcase a solid online reputation and a useful, navigable web experience.
Topics: Practice Growth
When you’re managing a medical practice, the last thing you want to think about is your website. It’s hard to imagine thinking about your potential patients online when your current patients need your time and attention.
Online visibility. You know it's important for businesses. You know it could help your practice grow and compete with other local healthcare offices. But do you know how to apply this knowledge to your practice in a practical way?
A lot of clichés have been said about the importance of a first impression, but they all emphasize a good point: first impressions matter. Years ago, your patients got their first impression of your practice when they walked into your waiting room and checked in with your staff.
But those days are long gone. Instead, your practice now makes its first impression through Google - a convenient, accessible resource available to the majority of your prospective patients. How do we know this? Because nine in ten Americans aged 34 and under own a smartphone, as do 67% of Americans aged 50 and older. All they have to do is take their phone out of their pocket, and suddenly your next patient is online and learning about your practice!
This modern lifestyle means that every provider and medical practice needs to have an impeccable online presence that makes a lasting, positive first impression. Note that we said “online presence” - not website. There’s a very specific reason for that: