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5 Ways Medical Assistants Improve Patient Care
Posted: October 21, 2014
The modern healthcare team is a busy group of men and women who bring their passion and expertise to patient care. Included among those dedicated professionals are medical assistants. According to a survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network, medical assistants are among the top five professionals necessary to run today’s patient-centered medical home team.* They’re important members of the healthcare team in and out of clinical settings and they help to improve overall patient care. Here’s how:
Medical assistants serve as liaisons between patients and the rest of the healthcare team. They often have more direct patient interaction than other members of the healthcare team and can act as vital communicators between patients and their families, and physicians and other medical staff.
Properly trained medical assistants take on many tasks which were once performed by nurses, freeing up nurses’ time and enabling them to give more direct patient care. Medical assistants listen to patient histories, take vital signs, and even perform routine tests and lab work.
Medical assistants who work in the front office streamline patient care and help physician offices run at peak efficiency. They schedule and send appointment reminders, collect insurance data and help with electronic medical records.
By translating medical terminology into language patients can understand, medical assistants help ensure that patients follow doctors’ orders so they’ll be more likely to face a speedy recovery. They instruct patients on treatment and care and follow up with them to answer questions and relay concerns to the rest of the healthcare team.
Medical assistants are a compassionate presence for patients who may feel stressed and afraid. They never forget that the best patient care starts with the patient! They are committed professionals who place the patient first.
Medical assistants help optimize the workflow of the modern healthcare team and provide great patient care. They help others while also helping themselves. According to a 2012 survey, most medical assistants find their work somewhat or very satisfying.** And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for the profession will be much faster than average through 2022.***
If you have a passion for helping others and want your work to be something that really matters, maybe a career as a medical assistant is right for you. At Career Quest Learning Centers, we can train you with the skills you’ll need to enter this rewarding profession. Are you ready for a new career? Let us help. Give us a call at 877-481-4930 or 877-365-8144 today.