Useful KPIs to Track Medical success and growth

7 Useful Healthcare KPIs to Track for Medical Practice Success and Growth

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Ever wondered what keeps a medical practice ticking and, more importantly, thriving? Well, it’s not just about treating patients; it’s about keeping tabs on the right stuff.

In the dynamic landscape of healthcare, achieving and sustaining success requires a strategic approach. For medical practitioners, practice managers, and healthcare staff alike, understanding and harnessing the power of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is paramount.

Join us as we navigate the essential KPIs that can transform the way you manage and elevate your medical practice. From optimizing patient experience to ensuring financial robustness, these indicators are the linchpin for informed decision-making and sustained success in the ever-evolving realm of healthcare.


Appointment Scheduling Efficiency:

Efficient appointment scheduling KPIs are crucial for optimizing workflow, minimizing wait times, and enhancing overall patient and staff satisfaction.


KPI #1: Percentage of appointments scheduled online

Explanation: If you have employed an online scheduling system for your practice, this KPI measures the proportion of appointments that patients schedule online. This KPI helps gauge the efficiency and adoption of your online scheduling system.

How to Calculate:

To calculate the Percentage of Appointments Scheduled Online, use the following formula:


\( \left ( \textbf{Number of Appointments Scheduled Online} \over \textbf{Total Number of Appointments}\displaystyle \right ) \times 100 \)


Plug these values into the formula, and then multiply the result by 100 to get the percentage.


Financial Health:

Monitoring the net profit margin and operating cost per patient helps assess the overall financial health, ensuring sustainable operations and profitability.


KPI #2 Net profit margin

Explanation: Net profit margin assesses the profitability of your medical practice by expressing the percentage of revenue that remains after all expenses are deducted.

How to Calculate:  To calculate Net Profit Margin (NPM) for your medical practice, you can use the following formula:


\( \textbf{NPM} = \left ( \textbf{Net Profit} \over \textbf{Total Revenue}\displaystyle \right ) \times 100 \)



  • Net Profit is the total revenue minus all expenses.
  • Total Revenue is the total income generated by your medical practice.


Plug these values into the formula, then multiply the result by 100 to get your Net Profit Margin in a percentage.

KPI #3 Operating cost per patient

Explanation: This KPI calculates the average cost incurred to provide services to a single patient, helping to control operational expenses.

How to Calculate: To calculate the Operating Cost Per Patient, use the following formula:


\( \textbf{Operating Cost Per Client} = \left ( \textbf{Total Operating Costs} \over \textbf{Number of Patients Served}\displaystyle \right ) \)



  • Total Operating Costs: Sum up all the costs associated with running your medical billing operations. This includes salaries, office rent, utilities, software expenses, etc. Make sure to include all relevant operational costs.
  • Number of Patients Served: Determine the total number of patients for the period you’re assessing. This could be monthly, quarterly, or annually, depending on your preference.


Once you have these values, plug them into the formula to get your Operating Cost Per Patient.


Patient Experience:

Focusing on Net Promoter Score and positive online reviews ensures a patient-centric approach, fostering satisfaction and loyalty.

KPI #4 Net Promoter Score (NPS)

Explanation: NPS gauges patient satisfaction by asking them how likely they are to recommend your practice, providing a valuable indicator of overall patient experience.

How to Calculate: Net Promoter Score is calculated based on a single question survey: “On a scale of 0 to 10, how likely are you to recommend our practice to a friend or colleague?”. The respondents of the survey are then categorized into one of three groups.


  • Promoters (score 9-10): These are loyal patients who are most likely to recommend your practice to the individuals around them.
  • Passives: (score 7-8): These patients are satisfied but are not too enthusiastic and could be easily swayed by other providers.
  • Detractors: (score 0-6): These are dissatisfied patients who may harm your practice’s reputation

Once you have your data, calculate the percentage for each category


\( \textbf{%  Promoters} = \left ( \textbf{Number of Promoters} \over \textbf{Total number of respondents}\displaystyle \right ) \times 100 \)


\( \textbf{%  Passives} = \left ( \textbf{Number of Passives} \over \textbf{Total number of respondents}\displaystyle \right ) \times 100 \)


\( \textbf{%  Detractors} = \left ( \textbf{Number of Detractors} \over \textbf{Total number of respondents}\displaystyle \right ) \times 100 \)


To finally get your Net Promoter Score, substitute the percentages you calculated into the following formula:


\( \textbf{%  Detractors} = \textbf{% Promoters} – \textbf{% Detractors}\displaystyle \)


The result is a score that can range from -100 to 100. A positive score indicates a positive patient experience, while a negative score suggests areas for improvement.


KPI #5 Rate of positive online reviews

Explanation: Monitoring the percentage of positive online reviews reflects the public perception of your practice, influencing potential patients’ decisions.

How to Calculate: 

  1. Identify and count the positive reviews you have received online (Google, Yelp, Vitals). These are typically reviews with high ratings (e.g., 4 or 5 stars).
  2. Count Total Reviews: Determine the total number of reviews you have received.
  3. Calculate the Percentage: Use the following formula to calculate the rate of positive online reviews.


\( \textbf{%  Rate of Positive Reviews} = \left ( \textbf{Number of Positive Reviews} \over \textbf{Total number of reviews}\displaystyle \right ) \times 100 \)


Operational Efficiency:

Monitoring time spent on administrative tasks and claims processing accuracy reflects operational efficiency, and optimizing resource allocation.

KPI #6 Time spent on administrative tasks per patient visit

Explanation: This KPI evaluates the efficiency of administrative processes by measuring the time staff spend on non-clinical tasks per patient visit.

How to Calculate: 

  1. Define Administrative Tasks: Clearly outline which tasks are considered administrative. These could include paperwork, data entry, scheduling, etc.
  2. Measure Time Spent: Track the time spent on administrative tasks during a specific period (e.g., a day, week, or month).
  3. Count Patient Visits: Determine the total number of patient visits during the same period.
  4. Calculate the KPI: Divide the total time spent on administrative tasks by the number of patient visits. The formula is: 


    The result will give you the average time spent on administrative tasks per patient visit.


KPI #7 Percentage of claims processed without errors

Explanation: Assessing the accuracy of insurance claims processing helps reduce claim rejections and ensures a smoother revenue cycle.

How to Calculate:

Divide the number of claims processed without errors by the total number processed and then multiply by 100 to get the percentage. This will give you the accuracy rate of your insurance claims processing. Use the following formula to calculate this KPI.


\( \textbf{%  Percentage of Claims Processed without Errors} = \left ( \textbf{Number of Claims Processed without Errors} \over \textbf{Total number of Claims Processed}\displaystyle \right ) \times 100 \)


As we conclude this blog, we’ve delved into key performance indicators (KPIs) that play pivotal roles in enhancing your medical practice.

Stay tuned for our upcoming blog, where we’ll unravel more insightful KPIs, each contributing uniquely to the success of your medical practice. To receive timely notifications about our latest insights, fill out the form below.

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