As an independent LNC, you will need to make many decisions about your business. Legal nurse consultants and technology equal one of the most important and potentially expensive components of your business. Technology encompasses both hardware equipment and software applications. What are your business needs? Do you need all of these?
- a computer and printer,
- a smart phone,
- multiple monitors, and
- wireless networks.
Applications that offer HIPAA-compliant software, portable document formatting, virus protection, website development, or accommodate large-sized files, are just a few of the considerations for determining your business needs.
What is your IT strategy?
Developing an IT strategy includes evaluating technology needs specific to your business and budget. Some options are less expensive than others. There are also a few free options for basic software applications. Take a critical look at your equipment and software.
As you network with other LNCs and participate in educational sessions, you will learn about different technologies or processes that will enhance your business. Develop a strategy of thinking ahead to your technology needs. Identify the equipment or software applications that will provide the most benefit for the lowest investment. As the business grows, review your technology needs and budget to determine next steps.
Enlisting the services of an experienced IT professional provides a valuable resource and team member for your business. Selecting a provider who performs in home IT services minimizes the time requirements and out of service delays related to physically moving equipment off-site. Share your overall strategy for business growth and IT development.
As you consider whether or not to purchase equipment, your IT resource can offer insight on whether that computer, laptop, printer or smart phone is compatible with the network you have established.
- Will the item facilitate your email hosting needs?
- Is a software upgrade required?
- Does your IT resource have access to discounts that could be utilized to defray the costs of your item? Are you ready to develop a website?
- If so, does the web hosting site offer opportunity for establishing a professional email address, posting attachments to your site, or links to blogs you intend to write?
Learning about legal nurse consultants and technology
Technology strategy may seem overwhelming as you start your LNC journey. Learn from others, ask questions, network with fellow LNCs, and locate an IT professional who understands your business needs and goals.
It is comforting to call your IT professional to explain what you want to achieve and receive the recommendation to move forward or wait. Keep in mind that the larger LNC businesses most likely started out with limited IT technology and grew their business and IT strategy together.
Mila Carlson, PhD, MSHSA, RN, CLNC, CNLCP, LNCP-C presented a webinar called “Medical Records Arrived: Deciphering Electronic or Paper Records.” The use of electronic records for case review will increase as more facilities move toward utilizing EMR software.
Becoming more familiar with these types of records will allow you to improve record review in an expeditious manner. This webinar will provide you with the knowledge needed to be able to decipher electronic medical records. You’ll be taken behind the scenes so you will be able to decode these records and better assist your attorney clients. Sign up to grab all of the content in the digital download.