As the healthcare industry is continually changing and  becoming more complex, the required credentials for professionals that need to be in compliance are multiplying.  It is  mandatory for healthcare professionals and organizations to consistently keep  all expiring credentials up to date and the current method of doing so continue  to be an old, outdated process.

Credentials that need to be updated can be anything from licenses (nursing  license), certifications (BLS); immunizations (Hepatitis B); background checks  (criminal), or other documents in HR totally 10-25 credentials overall all  expiring at different times throughout the year.  Currently, the most common credential upkeep  method is keeping credentials manually stored in file cabinets and the use of manual Excel spreadsheets to track expiration dates.

For a  healthcare professional, depending on what credential fails an audit, they may  only receive disciplinary action from the hospital board but in some worst case  scenario’s, a healthcare professional won’t be able to practice again.  Healthcare organizations have a lot more at  stake.  They risk losing their state  license, federal license, and risk being able to get renewed by the Joint  Commission or other auditing agencies.  Auditors may be lenient about certain credentials if they are out of  compliance, although there are certain licenses that are needed that, if not in  compliance, companies will immediately get shut down for.  It is common that if an expired credential is  discovered during an audit, auditors will dig deeper and deeper and that is  something no company wants.  It is vital  for healthcare industries to stay on top of all their employee credentials not just  because of a failed audit but also because it is the right thing to do.  More and more companies have been resorting  to credentialing software to aide them with credential upkeep.

Many  healthcare industries choose the software that Credential Agent offers to store  their credentials.  They understand they  are at risk with their credentials not being as up to date as they should be  and that their current process is antiquated.  Credential Agent aids Healthcare industries by electronically storing  credentials giving them a “peace of mind” that credentials are up to date while  significantly reducing the amount of time/money being spent managing  credentials.  It also allows companies to  do audits on themselves in seconds,  giving a final report showing any expired  or expiring credential.

Credential Agent is document managing  software that is specifically designed to help organizations store and better  manage employee, subcontractor and vendor credentials.  The software is completely customizable with  a sophisticated database that has more functionality than any other credential  software out there.  Credential Agent  ultimately reduces the risk of having expired credentials resulting in a  failed  audit and allows users to complete the same tasks in a lot less time.  The most popular features on Credential Agent  are the ability to run two key reports, an expiring credential report in the  next 30 days and an expired report. Those two reports are usually run by the
super user at the end of each month.The second most popular feature of Credential  Agent is its ability to send out automatic, numerous e-mails to remind  employees about their expiring credentials.  Healthcare professionals and industries understand that they are at  great risk, and Credential Agent assures companies that they are in compliance  with regulations.  Often, after seeing a  demo of Credential Agent, professionals say that purchasing this software is a  “no brainer.”  By switching from current  antiquated credentialing methods to Credential Agent’s software, it saves time,  money and enables companies to get through audits stress-free.

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