Credentialing applications are a great way of narrowing down software providers that will suit you and your company needs.
However, in an attempt to get the best possible list of potential credential applications, there are a few factors to be considered.
1. Know yourself.
In order to ensure your search bears fruit, you must be prepared to analyse the current status of your organisation and future goals of the company. Understanding exactly what you want will help find the best or most suited credentialing applications accurate for your needs. It will also eliminate those applications that are not as useful in achieving your company goals.
2. Check them out.
Your software provider must be qualified and carry the required credentials and experience to be able to obtain your goals. It would be detrimental to assume that every provider is qualified. An intensive background check must always be carried out to ensure that your provider is accredited and fulfils all necessary legal requirements. The Cactus provider credentialing software by Symplr is a great example of a credentialing application for validation of credentials.
3. Ask around.
Referrals from friends are a great way to get started when narrowing down potential credentialing applications as often they may have first hand experience in interacting with them. Whilst they may not use the best software in the market, often those who use such applications can offer good, sound advice and share their own experiences in hunting for credentialing applications.
4. Capability with demand.
Always ensure that the application or software chosen can cope with the demand of your business. It would not be ideal to invest a huge amount of money into the credentialing application if 2 or 3 years down the line the application would not be able to cope with your growing demand. This would potentially incur additional costs in the long term if the application must be updated to a large extent to fulfil business needs.
5. Hidden fees
Everyone hates hidden fees and this is something to look out for when sifting through credentialing applications. Added costs could be crippling to a business as they continue to grow.
6. Data release after you leave
In a feeble attempt to keep businesses, sometimes the provider may not release some or all of the data in some cases. You may have to pay extra in order to get your data back even if it’s a nominal fee. Always ensure that the fine print is read with regards to the fate of any information held by the provider.
There may come a time when your business feels its needs are not being met by the credentialing software or application. So, it’s important to know what happens to your data if such a divorce were to occur.
7. Test run of the product.
Ideally knowing what is compatible with your own systems to ensure smooth business management and transitions and reduce any potential teething problems.
Overall, many aspects must be considered when choosing the right credentialing applications.