One of the biggest choices you will have to make in your startup process is choosing the right urgent care EMR software vendor. How do you sort through all the vendors and find the right software for your urgent care? How can you tell if the vendor will stay with you in the long run or disappear after the sale? This decision is going to affect you every day. You want to be sure that you are making the right choice. Dr. Stern has the answers to these questions in his blog, “10 Steps for Choosing an EMR for your Urgent Care.” Read more here.
Before opening an urgent care in any market, it’s critical to research the demographics and healthcare competition of the area. It can be very difficult to succeed in a startup venture if your main urgent care competition is part of a larger chain of retail centers, and you can’t assume anything about the ownership of a nearby urgent care center based on the name of the facility. You must conduct due diligence. Having an understanding of the market and who you will be competing against will be key factors of what makes or breaks your urgent care center. Check out the cautionary tale in In Dr. Stern’s blog, “Surprise the Insurance Company Owns our Competitor Urgent Care.” Read more here.
Everybody faces hurdles in life, and that’s certainly true in the urgent care startup process. What is essential is that when you face urgent care hurdles, you take the right path that will help you overcome those obstacles. To start your urgent care center journey on the right foot, it’s important to thoroughly vet consultants, software and billing companies that advertise “urgent care-specific” products or services even when it isn’t true. Dr. Stern shares a personal story about overcoming startup obstacles—and a teenager’s soccer injury—in his blog, “Urgent Care Excellence in Downtown St. Louis.” Read more here.