Check-in Kiosks in the Outpatient Clinical Setting: Fad or the Future?

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Objectives Check-in kiosks are increasingly used in health care. This project aims to assess the effects of kiosk use upon check-in duration, point of service (POS) financial returns, and patient satisfaction. Methods Six kiosks were implemented in a large academic orthopedic clinic, and check-in duration for 8.5 months following implementation and POS returns for 10.5 months before and after implementation were analyzed. Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Clinician and Group survey and self-devised surveys recorded patient satisfaction. Results Cumulatively, 28,636 kiosk-based patient encounters were analyzed. Compared with historical norms, check-in duration decreased 2 minutes, 47 seconds (P < 0.001). Daily gross and individual POS returns increased $532.13 and $1.89, respectively (P < 0.001). Satisfaction surveys were completed by 719 of 1376 consecutive patients (52% response rate), revealing 12% improvement (P < 0.001), but Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Clinician and Group survey responses demonstrated no change (P = 0.146, 0.928, and 0.336). Conclusions Kiosks offer to reduce check-in duration and increase POS revenue without negatively affecting patient satisfaction.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 24437735
  • Author List

  • Mosher ZA; Hudson PW; Lee SR; Perez JL; Arguello AM; McGwin G; Theiss SM; Ponce BA
  • Start Page

  • 134
  • End Page

  • 139
  • Volume

  • 113
  • Issue

  • 3