Reduce screening costs by replacing paper screening with electronic screening. No matter how you implement screening there is a cost involved. When a practice or agency implements screening using paper there are hidden costs that need to be considered. There is the cost to purchase the paper and print the screening questions. There is the cost of staff time to manage the paper, score and data enter the results. There is also the cost of over or under responding to sparse or erroneous information. These hidden costs alone are higher than the cost of using PTI Apps.
Replace Paper With Electronic
Similar to EMRs replacing paper charts, electronic screening replaces paper questionnaires. The cost to purchase and print questionnaires is typically $0.10 per page. You have to file or scan in the page(s) for documentation purposes and then to access its information you have to retrieve the page(s) and scan through to the desired information. Often the entire cost of electronic screening is less than just the cost of producing and handling paper.
Use Clients As A Resource
Reduce screening costs by using your clients as a resource and have them do the data entry for you. It’s a primary benefit of electronic processing. Once you get the data in an electronic format you can automate the processing, eliminating staff involvement and time.
Let Apps Do The Work
Apps perform error-free calculations and report generation moving the information where it is needed. This is manual work that staff has to do when using paper. Conservatively estimating that staff spends 30 – 60 seconds, including data entry, to process an administration, this pencils out to $0.25 – $0.50 per administration.
Reduce Screening Costs With A Universal Screening Strategy
When you eliminate staff and paper costs and replace them with a lower fixed cost for electronic processing, there is no additional cost to gather a full range of information during an administration. Meet a range of screening needs as part of normal operations using a universal screening strategy. Spreading the cost across several screening needs effectively reduces the cost of a specific screening need. Also consider that screenings done at other agencies in a Community Network are effectively free.