Top 5 Tips for Running a Mobile Health Clinic
Being a health professional is tough work. As if the journey to becoming one isn’t hard enough, you must also establish a practice and find ways to build a recurring patient list. Let’s not forget the amount of competition that stacks against you and continues to surmount every year! To make yourself known in today’s market, you’ve got to look at your options.
The most unique approach to the situation would be a mobile health clinic. See, a mobile clinic mirrors everything you’d find in a traditional brick and mortar practicing – patient/testing rooms, reception area, restrooms and more. Interested? Here’s 5 things you need to consider when adding a mobile medical clinic to your practice.
5 Tips for a Successful Mobile Clinic
- What is Your Mission?
- Choosing a Mobile Clinic Size
- Include Your Staff in the Equation
- Calculate Ongoing Operation Costs
- Promote Yourself!
What is Your Mission?
Every health professional has their own, unique reason for pursuing their career. What’s yours? It’s important to use that reason as fuel for your mobile health clinic.
If you’re a non-profit that wants to give back to the community, you may want a mobile clinic to bring healthcare service to underserved populations, including low-income and rural areas. A mix of grants often cover your services, and there will be some insured and self-paying clients too.
Separately, if you’re a for-profit a mobile health clinic can help you find new client bases. You may be able to work directly with corporations and bring mobile healthcare to every employee right outside the workplace. Most corporate employees have insurance, so a high volume of patients can bring in huge revenue.
Choosing a Mobile Clinic Size
Next up is determining how big of a mobile health clinic you need. A mobile clinic can be anywhere from a truck to an ISO (shipping) container. The more popular ones include RVs and trailers with removable tractors. Each size has its own pros and weaknesses, so check out each size and see if it fits your practice model.
Related Article – Mobile Clinics Come in More than One Size
Don’t forget mobile clinics can expand! Lots of times, the sides of mobile clinics can come out, allowing more room for separate spaces, medical equipment and patients! Although this option will increase the price of a mobile clinic, it’s worth having more space to work with.
Include Your Staff in the Equation
A big part of running a mobile clinic is keeping track of your staff. If a mobile health clinic is your sole practice, you’ll have all your staff on board, every day. On the other hand, having a static practice can put a little pressure on you. Some jobs, such as billing and marketing can stay back. Others however, must be present in the mobile health clinic during use. It’s important that you schedule out when you’ll be using your mobile clinic, that way your staff are on the same page.
Calculate Ongoing Operation Costs
Buying a mobile health clinic is a huge investment. Mobile clinics require lots of items – medical equipment, computers/servers and technology. In most cases, these are one-time costs, and we’ll design a floorplan that fits everything nice and spaciously inside the mobile clinic.
However, you cannot forget any ongoing operational costs you must keep up with. A mobile health clinic needs fuel, insurance and maintenance. This also includes internet access and computer assistance. Be sure that you include all these items in your cost/benefit analysis to help you decide if a mobile medical clinic is right for you.
A vehicle wrap is perfect for a mobile health clinic. All drivers have their eyes on the road and their surroundings, and they’re bound to see your mobile health clinic. It’s important that your mobile clinic is eye catching, and that the outside highlights your practice name and phone number so people can call you or look for you online when they’re not behind the wheel.
Being in the right place at the right time is another bonus. Community and recreation centers, malls, churches and health fairs are terrific places to be to gain an audience and reel in new patients with little effort.
Getting a mobile medical clinic is a big decision. Let us help. Here at Aleph Group Inc. we’ll help design, construct and deliver a mobile clinic made specially for you and your practice. Starting with us is easy, simply get in touch with us and ask for a free quote.
Stay ahead of the competition and keep these 5 things in mind when looking at a mobile health clinic. Give us a call (951) 213-4815 or contact us using our online contact form.