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Medical Specialties that Need a Virtual Medical Assistant

As a physician, you constantly strive for improvement and in this, you are not without help. You will need a virtual medical assistant on your side.

Support from Virtual Medical Assistants (VMAs)

As a physician, you need to be able to rely on your support staff to keep your medical practice running smoothly. Consequently, Virtual Medical Assistants can provide a valuable service by handling many administrative and medical-related tasks that are required to keep your practice running smoothly. In relation, hiring remote workers, such as VMAs, will decrease your team’s sick days and breaks and increase their productivity by 13%. Additionally, Virtual Medical Assistants can help you to manage your patient files and appointments, freeing up your time to focus on providing care for your patients.

If you’re worried that VMAs won’t be relevant to your practice, you don’t need to be because these ten types of VMA can cater to you. 

1. General Virtual Medical Assistant
2. Medical or Dental Receptionist
3. Telehealth Support Assistant
4. Medical Transcriptionists
5. Patient Care Coordinator
6. Telephone Triage Assistant
7. Remote Patient Monitoring Assistant
8. Virtual Medical Scribe
9. Medical Biller or Dental Biller
10. Medical Coder or Dental Coder

Finally, not only one healthcare worker can benefit from these VMAs. Many medical specialties will need a Virtual Medical Assistant for their practice. Here are several of them. 

A dentist performing tooth extraction to her patient.

1. Dentistry  

As a Dentist, you’re the first person to aid people when their toothaches become a nuisance in their everyday lives. But it’s not as simple as that. In your practice, you will encounter overwhelming tasks as you are responsible for both oral health and your patient’s overall health. Dentists detect and treat problems with the teeth and gums and, in a way, help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, dentists can also provide information on how to maintain good oral hygiene. 

In these crucial tasks, Virtual Medical Assistants can help you with scheduling patient appointments whenever they have their checkups or procedures done. While they’re at it, you’ll also need a Virtual Medical Assistant to manage cancellations and the clinic’s overall calendar. This would prevent inconvenience to both patients and Physicians. Additionally, they may answer numerous inquiries about your services, such as tooth extractions, x-rays, tooth cleaning, root canal procedures, or dentures.  

A family medicine physician checking in with a patient.

2. Family Medicine 

As a Physician practicing family medicine, you may feel overwhelmed most of the time. Your numerous duties include diagnosing and treating patients of all ages, from birth through adulthood. You also provide preventive care and health education to their patients. While this can be a lot of work, it is also very rewarding. Family Physicians play a vital role in the lives of their patients and their families and often develop close relationships with their patients. This allows them to provide the best possible care for their patients and help them to lead healthy, happy lives. However, you can’t do it all alone. 

You need a more affordable option, and that is hiring Virtual Medical Assistants. In addition to a better productivity rate, your VMAs can handle all the administrative tasks allowing you to focus on patient care and building a deeper relationship with your patients. They can also serve as Remote Patient Monitoring Assistants for elderly patients, those with chronic illnesses, or those with contagious diseases. Finally, they can also help with navigating your telemedicine practice. When you’re with your VMAs, you can let go of constant answering of inquiries or ensure that your patients have their follow-ups.

An internal medicine physician discussing her patient's diagnosis.

3. Internal Medicine

From diagnosing and treating illnesses to managing chronic health conditions, there is a lot to keep track of daily as an internist. In addition to seeing patients and performing diagnostic procedures, you must keep up with the latest medical research, write prescriptions, and order lab tests. This can be extremely overwhelming, and it is not uncommon for internists to work long hours.

The pressure to perform at a high level can be intense, but you are not without help. You need a Virtual Medical Assistant to whom you can delegate tasks. These tasks include updating EHRs, documenting diagnostic procedures, or sending laboratory orders and prescriptions. VMAs can also take patient intake or patient follow off your hands. 

A pediatrician monitoring the growth and development of his patient.

4. Pediatrics 

The field of pediatrics is a gratifying but demanding profession. You take care of sick children while being responsible for preventative care or immunizations. Monitoring the growth and development of your patients is also one of your top priorities. Because Pediatricians are responsible for many different tasks, it is important to be well-organized and efficient to provide the best care possible for each patient.  

To achieve precisely this, you will need a Virtual Medical Assistant. They will ensure that your patients’ newborn exams and screenings will be scheduled on time. Patients will also decrease the time that they miss their vaccines because VMAs are there to remind them. 

A psychiatrist having a therapy session with her patient.

5. Psychiatry

Every day, psychiatrists are tasked with the critical job of helping people who are struggling with medical disorders or mental illnesses. It is an incredibly rewarding profession, but it can also be very mind-boggling. While the daily tasks of a psychiatrist vary depending on the individual patient’s needs, there are some typical responsibilities that all Psychiatrists share. These include conducting initial psychiatric evaluations, developing treatment plans, prescribing medication, and providing ongoing counseling and support.  

As you focus on treating patients, you need a Virtual Medical Assistant to aid you. Your VMAs can set appointments for patients with a suspected mental disorder or mental illness who’ll have their initial assessment. Further, they can remind the patients so that they’ll never miss their appointment again. They can also perform pre-assessment consultations or send out prescriptions after their appointment. 

A dermatologist checking the patient's skin condition.

6. Dermatology 

People trust Dermatologists with their skin, the largest organ in the human body. Every day, you are responsible for diagnosing and treating skin conditions ranging from annoying to life-threatening. In some cases, you may be the first line of defense against skin cancer. In others, you may be working to restore the self-confidence of a patient with a condition like acne or psoriasis scarred. From acne and eczema to psoriasis and skin cancer, dermatologists must be able to effectively treat a variety of conditions. 

In performing these, you need a Virtual Medical Assistant who is experienced in the same field. This could aid them in achieving their job as they answer patient inquiries for you or encode data in patient records. They can also set your patients up for different procedures or consultations. 

A gynecologist checking in with a pregnant patient.

7. Gynecology

You are responsible for helping people with one of the most crucial and sensitive aspects of their lives – their reproductive and sexual health. Gynecologists like you give reproductive and sexual health services, including pelvic exams, Pap tests, cancer screenings, and testing and treatment for vaginal infections. You also diagnose and treat reproductive system disorders such as endometriosis, infertility, ovarian cysts, and pelvic pain. They may also care for people with ovarian, cervical, and other reproductive cancers. 

As you care for the most crucial aspects of women’s health, you need a Virtual Medical Assistant with the same dedication. They can communicate and educate patients to prevent harmful diseases. VMAs can also ensure that patients are scheduled or reminded of their procedures or exams. This way, they’ll no longer miss their appointments or overlap with others. 

8. Rheumatology

Having undergone further special training, you specialize in treating diseases in muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. This may cause pain and, if left untreated for a long time, could lead to deformities. Thus, you must complete your treatment and consultation plan promptly to deliver the best patient care possible. 

You need a Virtual Medical Assistant who can serve as your right hand to achieve this. While working remotely, VMAs can be more productive and cause lesser absences. This would lead them to grow your practice more efficiently. They can update your patient’s records, schedule them for consultations, and communicate with them regarding their follow-up. Finally, your VMAs can remotely monitor patients who are elderly or those with chronic illnesses. 

Find your VMAs at Core Virtual Solutions 

As a physician, you have a constant dedication to improving your practice. As all innovation goes, you cannot do it alone. You need a virtual medical assistant to back you up. Schedule a free consultation with our industry experts to discover how they can help you! 

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