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Kyruus Blog

Call Center Patient Experience Blog Series: Enterprise-Wide Visibility Into Provider Availability: A Patient Access Imperative

This is the third post in our Call Center Patient Experience Series. Over the course of this three post series, we’ve explored some of the top barriers to patient access through health system call centers and how they impede a positive patient experience: outdated provider directories, limited patient-provider matching capabilities, and lack of visibility into provider availability.

Topics: patient experience Patient Access Access Center Patient Engagement Patient-Provider Matching provider directory

Call Center Patient Experience Blog Series: How the Absence of Patient-Provider Matching Capabilities Impairs Patient Access

This is the second post in our Call Center Patient Experience Series. Over the course of this three post series, we’ll explore some of the top barriers to patient access through health system call centers and how they impede a positive patient experience: outdated provider directories, lack of patient-provider matching capabilities, and insight into provider availability.

Topics: patient experience Patient Access Access Center Patient Engagement Patient-Provider Matching provider directory

Mission-Driven for the Patient Experience: Observing from the Tech Side

As I sit at our NewCo Boston event in a room with almost 30 people, everyone is nodding their head as Julie Yoo, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Kyruus, speaks about how Kyruus was started. It’s in this moment that it dawns on me...we’re all patients. Regardless of where we come from, what our life experiences have been, or what industry we work in, we have all experienced the issues Julie is speaking of in one way or another. We have all experienced the “patient access paradox,” where patients are being told to wait weeks, if not months, before they can see a physician, despite hospitals and health systems commonly operating at only 60-70% capacity. Even more so, in 25% of cases patients end up being misdirected to the wrong provider, leading to waste and delays in care.

Topics: Event patient experience Patient Access Patient Engagement Patient-Provider Matching provider directory

Call Center Patient Experience Blog Series: The Impact of Outdated Provider Directories on Patient Access

As we explored in an earlier blog, hospitals and health systems are struggling to deliver a great patient experience through their call centers  often the “front door” to their organization  due in large part to barriers to patient access. Over the course of a three post series, we’ll explore some of these top barriers and how they impede a positive patient experience: outdated provider directories, lack of patient-provider matching capabilities, and insight into provider availability.

Provider Directories & Patient Access

While demand for online self-service capabilities continues to rise, many patients still connect with a health system the old-fashioned way – over the phone. However, access centers frequently lack the resources to provide an effective, high-touch patient experience. In fact, our recent secret shopper report found that 82% of call centers were unable to book an appointment directly over the phone during the initial interaction. That’s not just a major barrier to patient access, it also means that most call centers are not equipped to deliver a call center experience that ends with a booked appointment, a big problem for converting demand and retaining patients in increasingly competitive markets.

Topics: patient experience Patient Access Access Center Patient Engagement Patient-Provider Matching provider directory

Building & Owning Your Health System's Brand: Five Takeaways from Our Webinar with Providence St. Joseph Health

We recently had the pleasure of hosting Aaron Martin, Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at Providence St. Joseph Health, and Shweta Ponnappa, Senior Director of Digital Marketing at Providence St Joseph Health, for a webinar titled Building & Owning Your Health System’s Brand: Strategies for Acquiring & Retaining Patients Online. Having both previously worked at Amazon, Aaron and Shweta shared how they’ve brought their insights from ecommerce to their work driving digital innovation at Providence St. Joseph Health, one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the US. They shared strategies for attracting and engaging patients online, as well as their perspectives on balancing investment in an organization’s own digital capabilities versus third-party listing sites.

Topics: patient experience Patient Access Patient Engagement Patient-Provider Matching

Julie Yoo Talks “Patient Access” with Matthew Holt of The Health Care Blog

Julie Yoo, Kyruus’ Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, is passionate about improving patient access. Matthew Holt from The Health Care Blog caught up with her in an interview at HIMSS this year and came away saying she “may be one of the brightest people in health IT.”

Topics: patient experience Patient Access Patient Engagement Patient-Provider Matching

From Online Consumers to In-Office Patients: The Rise of Digital Marketing in Healthcare

Historically, healthcare providers have relied heavily on word of mouth to attract new patients. In many ways, this channel is still reliable as 50% of consumers report “friends and family” as their top resource for researching providers. But study after study has shown that healthcare consumers are spending more time online—from patient portals, to online appointment scheduling and health data tracking on mobile apps. Even when they do consult family members about a provider, many still go online to exercise due diligence, so it’s critical for health systems to differentiate themselves online.

Topics: patient experience Patient Access Patient Engagement Hospital Marketing Patient-Provider Matching

HIMSS 2017: Survival Tips from a HIMSS Veteran (& Registered Nurse!)

After making the move from taking care of patients as a pediatric nurse in the late 90's to working in healthcare information technology, I've lost track of exactly how many HIMSS conferences I’ve attended at this point.  I do remember  one year my kids sent a stomach virus through our house like a tornado so I missed the one in Atlanta, but other than that, I haven't missed a beat.  I recently joined Kyruus and while some folks from here have attended in the past, this is our first year exhibiting at the "Greatest HIT Show On Earth" and we’re looking forward to being a part of it (craziness and all)!

Topics: healthcare conferences

New Report: Health System and Hospital Call Centers Face Gaps in Patient-Provider Matching

Patient experience is quickly becoming a top priority for health systems across the country. For many patients, the experience begins with a phone call to schedule an appointment. While demand for online booking options is increasing, call centers are still the preferred point of entry for many patients.

Topics: patient experience Patient Access Access Center Patient Engagement Patient-Provider Matching

Three Elements Your Find-a-Doc Needs to Drive Patient Conversion

64%. That’s the share of patients Accenture says will use self-scheduling online by 2019. This underscores the critical role your find-a-doc site plays in attracting online consumers and converting their demand to booked appointments. Despite health systems nationwide prioritizing patient experience and patient access, many are still falling short in being able to match patients with the right providers through their provider finder sites. As a starting point for evaluating your organization’s find-a-doc, consider how it fares when it comes to the three key elements below:

Topics: Patient Access Patient Engagement Hospital Marketing Patient-Provider Matching provider finder