Looking at some numbers this week, I came across our practice’s monthly patient count. I created a graph. Click here to check it out or click on the image below. Keeping track of these numbers gives me the ability to evaluate general tendencies as well as unusual or abrupt changes in our patient’s monthly counts.
- It helps to know that for the last 5-years, July is our least busy month. If anything, we need to focus our efforts and look for ways to increase those well child/school physicals during those months.
- Not doubt that August is the roll-up-your-sleeve-and-get-ready-for-work month. It is consistently the season’s turning point.
- In 2006, 2007 & 2008, September dips, but in 2009, there was a spike. Wonder what next year will look like? Will H1N1 still be around?
- In 2005 and 2006 February had increases, but in 2007 and 2008 numbers decreased. Wonder if February is on a two year cycle considering there was a spike in 2009?
- In 2005, there was only one doc working at the practice, so it is not surprising 2005 is relatively flat. Want to guess when our second doctor joined? August of 2006. The jump is noticeable from then on.
- Every year we see more kids. More patients doesn’t necessarily mean more revenue, I know. But revenue or productivity is not part of the scope of this graph. I’m just looking for trends.
What other interesting points to do you see in this graph? Is this similar to your practice or do you see different trends?