Physicians who have been in business for a long time are not that well versed when it comes to new technology. It makes sense. If you had started your practice in the 1980s or even the 1990s, you were probably looking at a very analog world. Everything was done with pen and paper, and your need for digital records was minimal or non-existent.
The issue is that if you want to remain relevant, both to your patients and the medical organization that is helping with your overhead, you must switch to digital. As you must know, most pharmacies use e prescribing software to handle prescriptions. If they are doing almost everything electronically, it is a good idea for you to do the same. Not only is it more secure, but it is better for your patients.
When you have a digitized setup, everything becomes simpler. You have an electronic database where you can set up patient appointments, which means you can even have them schedule an appointment on their own by looking at your free slots. They can also cancel or reschedule with ease.
Another benefit is that you can send over their records to any relevant specialists or doctors, provided it is necessary and approved by the patient. It is also easier to receive records and other information, while sending out lab orders is also simpler.
When it comes to prescriptions, the electronic system is a lot more secure. You do not have to worry about a patient manipulating a prescription you hand wrote, and you do not have to worry about the pharmacy misunderstanding your handwriting.
Go digital if you want to maintain your practice in the current climate. While the adjustment is tough, you will find your practice is more efficient and financially profitable after you make the switch.