Human Resources Case Study: Benefits of ATS Software for SMBs

Human resources recruiters know it’s too easy to let candidate paperwork get out of hand, causing a real headache when hiring needs increase.

Why would anyone opt to sort through messy filing cabinets and manually update candidate information when you can automate these tedious, error-prone tasks with applicant tracking system (ATS) software?

You may have asked yourself this question before, but held back from investing in a solution due to budget constraints or skepticism about the technology’s benefits.

In the video below, you’ll meet entrepreneur Tim Hammerich, cofounder of agribusiness recruiting company AgGrad. He explains why finding the right, budget-friendly ATS early on made his startup more efficient, organized and profitable.

 

 

See the transcription for this case study video here

 
If that wasn’t enough to get you off the fence, consider the results of a recent report we wrote about ATS software buyers.

Every day, Software Advice helps hundreds of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) find the best solution for their budget. In a study of these interactions, we identified the most requested ATS features. Consider how much time you can save by automating these tasks:

 

Top Requested ATS Features

Top Requested ATS Features
These are just a small sample of the various capabilities included in most ATS software options. When you’re ready to start comparing systems, check out the beta release of our FrontRunners quadrant for ATS here.

Video Transcription

Tim Hammerich: Hello! Welcome to another episode of the future of agriculture podcast.

Narrator: The man on the mic is HR recruiter Tim Hammerich…who is passionate about sharing stories about the agriculture industry to inspire a new audience.

Tim Hammerich: Of all the recruiting that was going on and all the need for talent in agriculture, nobody was really targeting the youngest demographic: the millennials.

Narrator: With that focus, Hammerich co-founded AgGrad.com…a recruiting agency connecting young professionals to jobs in agriculture. But getting his business off the ground was no easy task.

Tim Hammerich: The guy I bought the Texas office from had done the job since I was born in the early 80’s. So he had files and files and files of resumes and job orders and client files and it was extremely intimidating.

I realized if I’m going to create a scalable model…I needed some software help.

Narrator: So, he searched online for applicant tracking software, or ATS. These systems help businesses automate the hiring process—from receiving online applications to on-boarding new hires. For Hammerich, it helped consolidate cabinets of cluttered information into one, easy-to-use system.

Tim Hammerich: I started AgGrad in December of last year, so almost a year ago today and I have more than doubled my first year projection and I think a lot of that is due to the software that I was able to incorporate very early on in the process.

Narrator: You can see which applicant tracking system is right for you by visiting SoftwareAdvice.com. There, you can also check out the FrontRunners quadrant showing top performing products in the market. Check it out for free by clicking on the link in the upper right corner of your screen.


Create an EHR Workflow to Enhance the Healthcare Patient Experience

The term “EHR workflow” refers to the ways electronic health record (EHR) software is used to manage the flow of patients through a clinic.

In other words, an EHR workflow describes how a practice’s EHR usage affects its day-to-day operations: from clinical care documentation to claims collection.

In the video below, we’ll show you how—and why—practices use their EHRs to facilitate the best possible patient experience.

We interview thought leaders and deliver data-driven insights to help practices choose a new EHR or better use their existing solution.

 

While technology can enhance care delivery, some patients might perceive it as impersonal in the intimate setting of an examination room.

As a growing number of practices adopt healthcare technology, it’s important to keep the patient experience front of mind.

Finding an effective EHR workflow is not only important for the patient experience, it’s also key to optimizing physicians’ business operations. Every year, practices nationwide contact Software Advice for help with an upcoming purchase.

Whether they’re making a first-time switch from paper to digital records or replacing a system that no longer fits their needs, we hear one common concern: Practices are worried a new EHR will disrupt productivity.

Luckily, our team of expert medical Software Advisors is ready to help. They’ll come up with a short list of products that are user-friendly and popular among your peers, ensuring your EHR implementation is as smooth as possible.

Just choose one of the following ways to get in touch with us for a free, no-obligation price quote:

 

Video Transcription

The exam room is often considered a sacred space.

Dr. Ghassan Salman: “Time in the [exam] room is time for the patient. That’s what we want, to respect their time.”

So we wanted to find out if a doctor’s EHR workflow—that is, the way physicians introduce and use electronic health records software during an examination—has any effect on the healthcare patient experience.

Casey Quinn: “Tech is going to be in the room, but tech should not take over the conversation or the relationship. It should only facilitate it.”

We surveyed more than 500 Americans and our results showed 82 percent of respondents would not be bothered if their doctor typed on a computer to document medical notes during an office exam.

Casey Quinn: “I think millennials certainly are down with the idea of having lots of tech in the room, but I think the key is to have that tech constructed and positioned in a way that it becomes a facilitation device as opposed to a barrier.”

And that’s why some physicians, like Dr. Ghassan Salman of the Austin Diagnostic Clinic, prefer to mostly do EHR note entry after a patient has left the room.

Dr. Ghassan Salman: “My personal approach is to give my time to the patient at the expense of typing notes in between patients, and sometimes at the end of the day.”

Still, Salman is an EHR advocate, especially for practices thinking about replacing paper-based health records.

Dr. Ghassan Salman: “Moving from paper to electronic health records is difficult because you’re changing your habits. But when you’re used to the system, it’s worth it, because the advantages you get from the EHR are tremendous: having all the elements you need at the right time, at the right place to take care of the patient. That adds value to the patient. That’s how we create value for our customers and that’s how the patient is going to get better.”


Top Advantages of EMR Adoption

Over the past six years, we’ve seen a steady rise in new or replacement electronic medical records (EMR) software purchases by practices across the country.

The many advantages of EMR adoption are leading physicians and hospital administrators to consider which of these systems is the perfect fit for their needs and budget.

In this video, we’ll break down the top advantages of EMR adoption by showing you specific examples from real users at the Austin Diagnostic Clinic (ADC).
 
This group of 140 primary and specialty care providers has been using the technology for more than 10 years, and is a great example of successful EMR adoption.

4 Top EMR Adoption Advantages

 

To learn more about EHR adoption advantages… Just click on the “play” button below:

 

Of course, learning about the benefits of EMR systems is only the first step for providers hoping to make the switch from paper-based records to digital ones. There are hundreds of solutions in the market customized to serve every specialty and practice size under the sun.

Here’s what you can do next to come up with the best shortlist of products for your organization:

    • Take our online questionnaire. After answering a few questions, we’ll match you with up to five software vendors that fit your requirements.
    • Download our free pricing guide. You’ll learn how to calculate the total cost of ownership for popular EMR systems here.
    • Call Software Advice at (888) 918-2745. A consultation with our team of expert Software Advisors is the most efficient way to get free, unbiased guidance on the best EMRs and their costs.

 

Video Transcription

The electronic medical record. Nowadays, an EMR does so much more than just digitize a patient’s health information.

Thomas Thrower: “These systems are so critically essential to everything we do.”

Here at the Austin Diagnostic Clinic…

Dr. Ghassan Salman: “ADC is a physician-owned, multi-specialty clinic with 140 providers and 21 different specialties.”

…the advantages of EMR adoption are clearly seen, such as identifying patients who need care.

Dr. Ghassan Salman: “The EHR helps us identify patients with gaps of care. For example, identifying patients who need breast cancer screenings by having specific programs that look at the patient population, their names, their last date of service and the results of their mammogram. We identify the patients who are in need of medical care.”

Other advantages? Data accessibility and searchability.

Thomas Thrower: “The real benefit of an EMR is that information is accessible and available to all the people who need it. Also, when you have data in an electronic form that is in discrete data elements, then it becomes searchable and actionable.”

…and that leads to improved clinical reporting, another EMR benefit.

Thomas Thrower: “The other thing I think our system does remarkably well is the way we manage our data. We’ve been very careful to make sure specific data elements mean the same thing across all areas of our clinical operations, so when we extract that data on the back end, the data has meaning. And, in fact, it has to because meaningful use requires us to use that same data to report clinical quality measures [and] meaningful use objectives.”

Meaningful use is a multi-stage government program that offers financial incentives to EMR-using practices, making meaningful use eligibility another key EMR adoption advantage.


ICD-10 Case Study: Planning for Success as a Solo Doctor

When it comes to preparing for ICD-10, single-physician practices have a great deal of tips, tricks and strategies to consider. The case study below shows solo doctors how one of their colleagues is handling the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 despite the unique challenges that come with maintaining their own practice.

In this video, family medicine physician Dr. Lamia Kadir shows you what you need to know as you adjust to the new code set, including:

  • Why EHRs can help your solo doctor practice transition smoothly to ICD-10
  • What should change about your patient encounter documentation
  • How to prepare for a potential delay in reimbursements

 

For help evaluating an upcoming EHR purchase, email gaby@softwareadvice.com.