the other side, Dr. Reese’s Schedule will be updated
instantaneously. Next morning, using his cell phone or
iPaq, he will easily access and track his inpatient, outpatient
and consults schedule. The iPaq can be brought in sync
with his master database, using wireless connection or
by placing it on the sync-cradle placed in his office.
The same iPaq will also allow him to take notes during
his daily hospitals rounds for all patients that he has
visited, ensuring that the staff back at the office has
all the necessary information required for processing
insurance claims and monitoring patient information.
arrives at the scheduled time. The Apollo system had
already taken care of validating Alex’s insurance
privileges and received pre-authorization from his insurance
company for this visit. Jenny welcomes Alex at the front
desk and checks him in. She has Alex’s complete
information displayed on her computer screen.
the exam room, Alex’s BP, temperature and other
vital signs are recorded by the nurse. A few mouse clicks
and Alex is now ready for Dr. Reese’s examination.
Dr. Reese reviews Alex Perkins’ complete medical
history, while walking down the hall to the examination
room. A few minutes later, standing in front of the
patient, Dr. Reese is already aware of Alex’s
history of tonsillitis, his tolerance to different antibiotics
and lab reports for the throat cultures that he has
had in the past. Everything that Dr. Reese would have
wanted to know was right there in the Apollo Medical
Manager. Backed by the complete knowledge of Alex’s
case, a quick strep test is all that needs to be done
for Dr. Reese to determine the right treatment for a
patient who he had never met before.
Dr. Reese uses the Apollo Speech Synthesizer to record
notes, symptoms, examination details and his diagnosis.
All of this information will be stored as a wave file
and can be later accessed for transcription writing.
Dr. Reese could also have scribbled notes on paper,
which could have been later scanned and stored in the
system by his staff for subsequent access.
Reese enters the prescribed medication from his tablet
PC, recalling that Alex is allergic to penicillin, according
to his med history, and prescribes Cephalexin instead.
One click and the Rx is electronically transmitted to
the pharmacy of Alex’s preference. The service
codes are filed next. Dr. Reese is confident that with
his completely updated personalized list of CPT codes
and accurate documentation of the patient encounter
he will not be losing revenue by improper filing or
the front desk, Jenny is prompted to collect Alex’s
co-pay, now that he is ready for checkout. Alex chooses
to pay with his MasterCard. The credit card is authorized
electronically and the amount is charged to Alex’s
account. Dr. Reese instructs Jenny to call Alex for
a follow-up in 3 days. Alex’s appointment for
Wednesday is scheduled before he leaves the physician
office with his copy of the electronically generated
charges are posted and the billing amount is determined,
the claim is sent electronically to Alex’s insurance
company. Alex might not even have reached the clinic’s
parking lot yet.
Reese moves on to examine all of his patients and gets
ready for his patients at the hospital. After arriving
at the hospital, Dr. Reese uses the Apollo Palm Scheduler
to consult his patient records. He enters patient progress
notes using the Palm device and marks the consult as
the end of the day, a thank-you letter, along with a
reminder of his next appointment is sent electronically
to Alex by his doctor. A daily report is generated for
Dr. Reese to view the status of all claims and referrals
for the current day. These reports are printed and presented
to Dr. Reese by the staff on the following day.
Perkins, Jenny, and Dr. Reese have just manoeuvred effortlessly
through yet another busy day, empowered by Apollo, a
new lease on life for the healthcare industry.