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Nurse Triage Companies: Why You Need One, and How to Evaluate Them

Does your team have a difficult time keeping up with patient phone calls and addressing patient symptoms after normal office hours? Telephone nurse triage offers a holistic solution to get patients to the appropriate care and reduce your practice’s liability. Let’s review what this service is, and how you can evaluate nurse triage companies to learn which one is right for you.

What Is a Telephone Nurse Triage Company?

A telephone nurse triage company provides telehealth services where registered nurses assess patients’ medical symptoms over the phone. They use standardized protocols and their clinical expertise to help patients understand the urgency of those symptoms. They also refer patients to providers when further evaluation is needed.

Importance of Telephone Nurse Triage Companies

An infographic that explains why reasons why nurse triage companies are important.

Enhanced Patient Access

Telephone nurse triage services offer 24/7 access, giving patients the opportunity to speak with registered nurses at any time. This is particularly valuable for individuals in remote or underserved areas where immediate access to healthcare facilities is limited.

Cost-Effective Patient Care

By guiding patients to the appropriate levels of care, nurse triage services can significantly reduce unnecessary emergency room visits, which are costly for both patients and healthcare systems. This allows providers to manage their practice’s resources more efficiently.

Improved Patient Outcomes

Timely medical dispositions ensure patients receive prompt and appropriate care. Nurse triage services contribute to early intervention, which can lead to better health outcomes, avoid complications, and lower practice liability.

Patient Education and Empowerment

Telephone nurse triage services educate patients about their symptoms and the appropriate steps to take — whether those include visits with their primary care physicians, specialists, or ER doctors. This service empowers patients to be proactive about their own health.

Tips for Evaluating a Telephone Nurse Triage Company

When comparing telephone nurse triage companies, it’s important that you consider the following factors.

A series of factors that organizations should consider when evaluating nurse triage companies.

1. Accreditation and Certification

Verify that the company is accredited by relevant healthcare organizations like URAC, which reflects their industry competence.

2. Clinical Expertise

Evaluate the qualifications and experience of its nursing staff, and confirm that nurses are in-country and have access to the most current triage protocols.

3. Technology and Integration

The company should utilize advanced telehealth technology for secure and efficient communication. Ideally, their service will integrate seamlessly with your existing electronic health record (EHR) systems for smooth data transfer between the nurses who are acting as an extension of your practice and your in-house team.

4. Scalability and Flexibility

Assess whether the triage service can scale to meet your current patient call volume and use analytics to predict future volume.

5. Quality Assurance and Performance Metrics

Look for a company that has robust quality assurance programs in place. They should regularly monitor and evaluate their services through performance metrics like call response times, patient satisfaction scores, and clinical outcome data.

6. Compliance and Confidentiality

Make sure that the company complies with all relevant healthcare regulations, including HIPAA, to protect your patient privacy and confidentiality. 

7. Customer Support and Training

A reliable triage service should offer comprehensive training for its staff and provide ongoing customer support. This includes instructions on the use of their products and solutions, as well as performance reviews of the teams who handle calls on your behalf. 

8. References and Reviews

Research the company’s reputation by reading customer reviews and requesting references from other healthcare organizations that have utilized their services. Feedback from current or past clients can provide valuable insights into the company’s reliability and performance.

Consider TriageLogic for Your Nurse Triage

Telephone nurse triage companies are a vital part of enhancing patient access to care, reducing medical costs, and improving health outcomes through timely and professional guidance. 

To learn more about what makes a successful nurse triage partnership, take a look at our free checklist available here — or contact us to talk about how a program can benefit your clinical team and its quality of care!

This article has been reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Ravi Raheja.

About TriageLogic

TriageLogic is a URAC-accredited, physician-led provider of top-quality nurse telehealth technology, remote patient monitoring, and medical call center solutions. Founded in 2007, the TriageLogic Group now serves more than 22,000 physicians and covers over 42 million lives nationwide.

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