Kyruus Blog

3 Benefits of Taking Your Access Center Remote

Thanks to developments in technology, many employees and business owners alike have been able to work from home and have been doing so for years. However, for a growing number of Americans, working remotely is no longer a nice workplace perk, but rather the new norm. Now, amid the recent COVID-19 pandemic, most health system access centers and their agents are following suit, raising the question: is this the new normal?

The answer to that question is likely “yes.” Even though working remotely has been a transition for most of us, many of our customers have found that taking their access center operations remote has been incredibly beneficial for both their organizations and their agents. Even post-pandemic, most health systems we engage with have expressed that they plan to keep remote work at least part of their access center operations on a permanent basis. Here are three reasons why taking your access center remote can offer a win-win.

Topics: Access Center

Virtual Access Forum: Five Key Takeaways from "Digital Access Approaches During COVID-19"

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need–and demand–for a more modern healthcare consumer experience that incorporates digital tools to drive easy, frictionless access to care. Though most health systems have laid groundwork for this new era of healthcare, the onset of COVID-19 has sped up the process exponentially. As website traffic has skyrocketed with consumers seeking information, assistance, and access online, digital technology has played a powerful role in helping health systems triage and route patients effectively.

Topics: Digital Clients Patient Access

What April’s Consumer Search Behavior is Telling Us About Coronavirus & How to Prepare for Recovery

How to read this graph: The boxes represent if a term appeared in the top 10 condition-based search terms for a day within a given week, while the darkness of the color represents the volume of the searches for those terms.*

As of this week, the CDC reported more than 1M confirmed cases of COVID-19 and close to 70K deaths across the United States. Yet, despite these grim figures, data indicates that several states may have reached their peaks, including former hotspot, New York City, where there has been a continued decline in both deaths and hospitalizations due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, other states have already begun the process of reopening their economies. So now the conversation for health systems is starting to shift from simply how to respond to the pandemic to what steps to take to move forward and open up more access for unrelated appointment needs.

Topics: Digital Analytics Patient Access Access Center Online Scheduling

How Health Systems Are Responding to COVID-19–And Using Tech to Do It

Since the COVID-19 virus emerged in the U.S., the country’s health systems and hospitals have felt a significant strain on their resources and staff as they continue to face rising volumes of patients. Amid this chaos, many organizations have risen to the challenge, using technology to expand access and relieve some of the pressure on their limited resources. Here are some of the ways health systems are using technology to expand access to care during the pandemic:

Topics: Digital Analytics Patient Access Access Center Patient Engagement Patient-Provider Matching

What Consumer Search Behavior is Telling Us About Coronavirus & Implications for Access to Care

How to read this graph: The bars illustrate the total number of searches for a term (e.g. diabetes) over the month via the Kyruus ProviderMatch platform and the heatmap breaks the data out by week.

While people across the world have had to adjust their lives in the face of the coronavirus crisis, hospitals, health systems, their staff, and the patients turning to them for care have undoubtedly felt the greatest impact. Healthcare organizations face the tough task of not only caring for the influx of patients needing assessment and care for coronavirus, but also ensuring they effectively facilitate care for patients in their communities with non-COVID-related medical needs, such as chronic conditions, mental health, and cancer.

Topics: Analytics Patient Access Patient-Provider Matching Provider Data Management

COVID-19 Update: Caring For Our Customers, So They Can Care For Their Patients

“To enable human beings to care for other human beings” has been the mission of Kyruus since we began this journey almost a decade ago. As our communities and nation face unprecedented and uncertain times, we maintain our steadfast commitment to this goal and to doing our part to improve access to care – no matter the circumstances. 

Topics: Patient Experience Patient Access

How to Expand Your Digital Presence, According to Two Leading Healthcare CIOs

With patients acting more like consumers of healthcare and spending more time accessing information online, health systems are investing in their online presence to create experiences that attract consumers and connect them to the care they need. However, as they look to do so, many organizations are finding that executing a comprehensive, consumer-friendly, digital front door strategy is easier said than done. Successfully launching these projects requires cross-functional participation, technological evolution, and oftentimes, a significant cultural shift to become truly customer-centric.

Topics: Digital Patient Experience Patient Access

Patient Access & COVID-19: 4 Critical Steps Health Systems Should Take Now

As coronavirus puts healthcare consumers on increasingly high alert across the US, health systems have a critical role to play in meeting their information and access needs. With so many people turning to the internet to educate themselves, health systems can provide a much-needed trusted resource for factual information about the virus and its prevention, along with guidance on how to obtain appropriate care.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but in these initial stages, it’s imperative that health systems ensure that they’re making it easy for patients to:

Topics: Digital Patient Experience Patient Access

Health care matchmaking: Helping patients find the right providers

This blog was originally published on Cerner.com on Feb. 19, 2020.

Estimated read time: 3 minutes

Key takeaways

  • As consumers, more of us rely on our own research to find new health care providers.
  • Health systems need comprehensive digital strategies to meet our rising demands.
  • Convenience in health care includes online access and booking.
  • Cerner and Kyruus are collaborating to help enhance online search and scheduling experiences.
Topics: Digital Patient Experience Patient Access Partners Online Scheduling

Journey Mapping: Design Best Practices for Improving Customer Experience

As the world becomes increasingly digitized, patients are looking to interact with healthcare the same way they look for flights on Kayak or make a dinner reservation on OpenTable–with speed and convenience. And as health systems look to respond, understanding consumer behavior and the patient journey will be critical to delivering a user experience that successfully meets patients’ needs and expectations.

Whether your organization is looking to do so by revamping your website or building a new mobile app, here are a few design best practices from our work with consumers to help your team deliver user experiences that delight.

Topics: Digital Analytics Patient Experience