If you are thinking about changing your medical office’s approach to communications, you are not alone. Many healthcare providers are looking for creative ways to reduce costs while improving patient satisfaction. Ditching the old landlines and moving to SIP trunking helps practices like yours achieve both goals.
Here are ten reasons to go for it.
You’ll pay for only what you need – Because SIP trunking is scalable on-demand, you can order, and pay for, only the number of channels you need today and add more as you grow. That’s different from traditional PRI lines, which are purchased in groups of 26, causing many practices to pay for way more lines than they need.
Enjoy predictable monthly costs – SIP trunking eliminates most per-minute long-distance fees, so you’ll know what you are going to pay every month in advance. You’ll also be free from reconciling carrier invoices to avoid over-charges.
There’s little initial investment – Unlike traditional phone lines that involve a complicated deployment and lots of hardware to buy, most medical practices can get SIP up and running with minimal start-up costs. Your cost savings kick in right away, so you’ll see a positive ROI on SIP from the get-go.
Choose your PBX – The phone system hardware you already have is probably compatible with SIP trucking. If it is IP enabled, you are good to go. If it isn’t, you can use an inexpensive device called an ATA to make it work. Another option is to upgrade your phone system entirely by moving to one of the open-source, often free PBX software solutions on the market.
You don’t need a telco resource – SIP trunking is easy to set up and manage for anyone with minimal technical skills. With SIP.US, our user-friendly control panel makes it easy to handle things like moves, adds, and changes. Most of our medical office clients can take advantage of our self-service features, but if you need extra help, our team of experts is available.
Simplify network management – Speaking of IT resources, most medical offices have two networks, one for data (internet) and one for the phone system. They both have to be maintained and managed. With SIP trunking, you use the internet network for both voice and data, simplifying network management and freeing up already limited IT resources.
Enable unified communications features – SIP trunking is an easy way to enable unified communications features such as instant messaging, presence, screen sharing, and even video. For practices considering adding telemedicine to the mix, SIP is a secure, reliable, and affordable way to connect.
Connect every location – If your practice has more than one office or clinic, SIP trunking makes it easy to seamlessly connect every site so that your patients get the same great experience no matter which number they dial.
Enjoy peace of mind – The last thing you want to worry about is a patient getting a busy signal or phone that rings with no answer. With SIP, if something happens to the connection at one location, a power outage, for example, calls can automatically be routed to other locations, mobile devices, or home landlines based on recover rules that you set up in advance.
We can’t say that SIP trunking is the perfect solution for every medical practice, but for many, the benefits are too significant to ignore. SIP can help your practice slash costs, improve patient satisfaction, and enable growth, all while making management and administration of your communications system more straightforward than ever before.
That’s a prescription for success.