Charting New Territory: Six Tips for Maximizing Patient Chart Research

In a recent survey, we asked members of our Healthcare Panel about their experiences with Patient Chart Research. This methodology is useful for researchers as it is based on real-life cases, not hypothetical scenarios. Using anonymized data, these studies can be either online or by telephone, with the majority being online.

One important reason Reckner’s Panelists like to do Patient Chart Research is because they want their opinions to be counted. They also want to contribute to innovation in their field and learn about new treatments in the pipeline. Some say it is “fun” and others like “looking through records,” “improving patient outcomes,” and “feeling like I can make a difference.”

Patient Chart Research can be rewarding for those who prepare ahead and set aside uninterrupted time.

So the next time you accept a Patient Chart study, remember these useful tips from members of Reckner’s Healthcare Panel.

  • It is helpful to prepare ahead of time by reviewing the questionnaire and pulling and reviewing appropriate charts before starting the survey.
  • Many Panelists (40%) prefer to toggle back and forth on one device; 31% prefer to use two devices like a desktop and a tablet; and 14% prefer to print out the charts.
  • In any case, it is critical to be able to access the charts while doing the study.
  • Allow enough time to do the study in one sitting; avoid interruptions.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of the patient and adhere to HIPAA.
  • Accuracy is critical. As one Panelist said, “Try your best to be accurate in the information you provide since that is very helpful in the advancement of therapy and management of our patients.”  Another concurred, “Be patient, always be honest…if technology is failing you—don’t guess, just end session. The only information that can help is accurate information.”

While Patient Chart Research can be required by a variety of fields, there is particular need in the areas of oncology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, dermatology, and plastic surgery.

The next time you are invited to participate in this kind of research, give it a try and keep these helpful tips in mind.

Reckner’s Payment Process

Pictured is a healthcare professional with a debit card illustrating one of the ways you can get compensated for taking healthcare surveys.

We hope you find these FAQs about Reckner’s payment process helpful. If you have additional questions, please email service@reckner.com.

How will I know how much I would be paid if I completed a study?

When you are invited to participate in a study, the honoraria payment amount will be identified within each e-mail invitation. Honoraria will be paid to all who meet the criteria of a study and who fully complete the survey or interview.

What are the payment options currently offered?

For any honoraria that are less than $150, you will have two options:

  1. To receive a virtual Visa® Reward card
  2. To request a physical Visa® Reward card

For any honoraria that are $150 or more, you will have three options:

  1. To receive a virtual Visa® Reward card
  2. To request a physical Visa® Reward card
  3. To request a physical check to be sent to you

How long after completing a study will I receive payment?

Honoraria are usually paid within two to three weeks after a study is completed. Here at Reckner we take pride in prompt payment, as we sincerely appreciate the efforts of our Healthcare Panel of professionals.

Pictured is a calendar illustrating that Reckner Healthcare  Surveys pays promptly upon completion of studies.

How will I know when the payment is available?

You will receive an email from notification@prepaiddigitalsolutions.com with the subject line: Your Reckner prepaid reward has arrived, stating your payment is available. You will then have the option to choose your payment method (detailed above) based on the payment amount.

Who do I contact if I have questions about payment?

For questions about the status of your payment, please email or call us. We will need your name, phone number, email address, and invitation reference number. A dedicated member of our services team will respond to your inquiry by phone or email within 48 hours if you don’t reach us at first.

Contact the service team
E-mail: service@reckner.com
Phone: 866-486-6942

What if my question is specific to the Visa® Reward card?

You can also visit our Cardholder Services website. There is a link to a detailed FAQ on the bottom left of the page.

Thank you. We appreciate your participation in Reckner Healthcare Surveys.

Survey Says…

Reckner’s Healthcare Panel Members Share Enjoyment of Healthcare Market Research

Reckner conducts market research studies for healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical device companies. In order to have respondents at the ready when our clients present us with studies, we have assembled a Panel of Healthcare Professionals. Since 1991 when the company was founded, Reckner’s Healthcare Panel has grown to become one of the most trusted and esteemed in the industry. Physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, hospital and healthcare decision-makers have all voluntarily joined Reckner’s team, and as our clients attest, comprise one of the most valuable and preferred panels in the field of healthcare market research.

Jason Gamber, VP Reckner Healthcare, leads the client service and project management teams for our Qualitative and Quantitative departments.

We recently reached out to members of our panel with a survey of our own to find out how we were doing regarding delivery of surveys, communication, and awarding of honoraria. What we learned was both inspiring and humbling. Jason Gamber, our VP of Reckner Healthcare summed it up: “We understand the value of our panel’s time and we know that the honoraria we offer for participation are certainly important. What we were gratified to confirm as well is the degree to which panel members find the surveys informational and educational. A large number even called them ‘fun’.”

According to one survey respondent, a hospital administrator, Reckner surveys are a “good way to keep up with what’s going on in our areas of the market. You can get a great idea from a survey what direction the rest of the country is going.” Another said they are motivated to take surveys in order to have “input into field products and strategies for the future. I feel like I have something to contribute. (The extra money is nice too!)”

One emergency physician said they like to “help direct research, hopefully share my experiences in a meaningful way, point out what gaps there may be in education… I also found new options I wasn’t aware of.” And an oncologist shared how taking surveys “is a positive experience as it forces us to re-evaluate the way in which we approach important medical issues.”

Another somewhat unexpected common response was that the surveys are “fun”:  “Fun and rewarding,” “fun and interesting and you learn from them,” “fun and you can get your voice heard,” and “fun and I feel good about contributing.”

Gamber concluded, “We are so appreciative of those who continue to participate in our Healthcare Panel. We value our partnership and want to continue to rise to the top of your inbox when survey requests arrive there. For those of you who haven’t signed up yet to join our Healthcare Panel, please take a moment to visit our easy online form and join us. Come have fun with us and make a difference in your field.”

Welcome! Healthcare Surveys 101

What we Do

Reckner is a respected market research company that has been in business for more than 28 years. We conduct market research studies for healthcare, pharmaceutical, and medical device organizations.

When we are contracted to conduct a study, we reach out to members of our Panel we believe match the study’s criteria. We let you know what the survey is, about how long it will take, and how much you will be compensated for completing it. The first step generally always involves a screener questionnaire to further determine if you match with the specific criteria of the study.

If you meet the criteria and complete the survey or interview, you will be compensated for your time. Once the study is concluded, we send out Visa debit cards (electronic or mailed card) within two to three weeks, one of the fastest turnarounds in the business.

How to Get Started

The first step is to complete a simple sign-up form on our website. We only ask for your name, address, phone number, email address, profession, year of license/certification, and NPI number. It’s that simple. Once you are registered for the Panel, you will be invited to participate in online surveys or interviews that match your field and experience.

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

  • It’s free to join the panel. You receive an honorarium in the form of a Visa Debit Card when you complete a study.
  • Your information is protected. Reckner will not share your personal information to any third party or client. Your information is used solely to contact you and send your honoraria.
  • Participation in each study is voluntary. You may choose to accept or not accept an invitation at any time.
  • Our healthcare studies are conducted online or you may be invited to participate in a telephone interview with a researcher or in a focus group (where you visit a central location and share your ideas in a group).

I hope you will join our Healthcare Survey Panel if you haven’t already. It’s a great way to make a little extra money and stay abreast of some of the newest developments in your field.