How do I know if paperless IBCLC practice is right for me?
Every IBCLC is going to incorporate some tech into their private practice infrastructure. Unless you are only using a landline, paper forms, and a physically locked cabinet, you are naturally going to be implementing some digital and/or cloud-based systems. Email is paperless, and so is an internet phone line.
It is possible to have a completely paperless workflow in your private practice. That means that from the moment you make first contact with a client through sending them their care plans, no physical paper is ever used or generated.
There are clear benefits to being paperless:
It generates no paper waste
It requires no physical storage
But there can be challenges, too:
You must understand digital threats to client privacy
You must know the applicable laws related to electronic health information in your country, state, region, or province
You must be willing to learn a new way of doing things
You will need to pay for many of these services
I believe that any IBCLC has what it takes to go paperless. It may not be as exciting as learning about tongue ties or cleft palates or hypoplasia, but you’ve demonstrated that you can master complicated concepts. Tech may not come naturally to you, so give yourself time and grace in the learning process and you’ll get there.
For more resources, and training on integrating tech into your private practice, please check out my book Paperless Private Practice for the IBCLC. It's available on its own, or bundled with my second book IBCLC Private Practice: From Start to Strong and all of my legal forms and charting templates and a whole bunch of other goodies--it's truly a private practice in a box.
About this series:
Ever since publishing Paperless Private Practice for the IBCLC, I’ve gotten lots of questions from current IBCLCs and those working towards certification about how to cope with common tech-related issues in private practice. My primary goal with this book and my related products and services is to dispel confusion and fear and empower IBCLCs towards confidence in their tech-related practices.
About the Author
Annie Frisbie, MA, IBCLC is the creator of the IBCLC Private Practice Essential Toolkit, a collection of books, resources, legal forms, training manuals, and workbooks aimed at helping private practice lactation consultants build a private practice that’s ethical, profitable, sustainable, and enjoyable.