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Building A Modern Consumer Scheduling Experience

More than 2/3 of consumers would choose a provider based on the ability to book appointments online.1 To meet this growing demand, health systems are searching for ways to offer patients the same level of convenience and choice they’ve grown accustomed to when booking appointments online in other industries.

Topics: Digital Patient Experience Patient Access Change Management Online Scheduling

5 Reasons to Attend ATLAS 2019!

The countdown to the Annual Thought Leadership on Access Symposium (ATLAS) is on! Now into its sixth year, ATLAS will be held in Boston from September 23 - 24. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Expanding Boundaries. Removing Barriers.’ and health system leaders will come together to share best practices and explore ways to innovate and expand patient access enterprise-wide. 

We kept attendees top-of-mind while designing this year’s program. The schedule is meant to spark discussions around new ways to engage patients and modernize the patient experience.

Topics: ATLAS Conference

Three Ways Poor Provider Data Hurts Core Business Processes

In a previous blog post, we looked at how outdated provider directories can negatively impact patient access. This post explores the importance of effective provider data management and accurate provider directories in streamlining key operational processes across a health system.

Topics: Patient Access Provider Networks Patient Engagement Patient-Provider Matching Provider Data Management

4 Steps to Make Online Scheduling a Reality at Your Health System

In a recent study, over 2/3 of patients reported that they are more likely to choose providers who offer the ability to book appointments online.1 And while health systems recognize this demand and see the clear benefits to offering online scheduling, developing an effective strategy is easier said than done. In fact, on our recent webinar, Katie Logan, VP of Experience at Piedmont Healthcare, acknowledged that their first run at implementing online scheduling didn’t produce the results they had wanted. Achieving the positive impact–on their business and their patients–they’ve seen with online scheduling today required Piedmont to take a new approach, one that put the patient and their journey at the center.

Topics: Digital Patient Experience Patient Access Change Management Online Scheduling

Modernizing the Patient Experience: Piedmont Healthcare's Journey to Implementing Online Scheduling

Watch the Piedmont Booking Experience Yourself

As technology becomes increasingly involved in all aspects of our lives, today’s patients are looking to interact with health systems in new ways, whether it’s communicating with a provider via video or booking their next appointment online. And while ⅔ of patients are more likely to choose a provider with online scheduling, according to a recent study, few organizations offer the modern digital capabilities patients have come to expect from their healthcare experience.1

Topics: Digital Patient Experience Patient Access Change Management

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 Directories

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 Directories

Insights from Becker's Hospital Review 10th Annual Meeting

Last week, members of our team attended the Becker’s Annual Meeting in Chicago and had the opportunity to hear from health system executives and other industry leaders about the challenges they face and the opportunities they see around the evolving healthcare landscape. Across sessions, discussions focused on the ways in which health systems are rethinking patient engagement strategies and innovating to better meet the needs of today’s healthcare consumers. In particular, the following emerged as key themes:

Topics: Healthcare Conferences Analytics Patient Experience Patient Access Patient Engagement

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 Directories

Essential Metrics for Improving Access Center Experience: Delighting Patients as Healthcare Consumers

As health systems pursue strategic initiatives around improving patient experience and expanding access, capturing the right metrics is critical to ensuring their goals are met. Historically, health system access centers have used "call time" data to measure their efficiency and value, attempting to keep patient calls short in order to handle a higher volume of calls. And while this metric may make sense for other consumer industries, a call time KPI is no longer the most important metric to track for health systems. Why? With market competition rising and consumers prioritizing experience, access centers should instead measure how easy it is for a patient to get to the right provider at the right time.

Topics: Analytics Patient Experience Patient Access Access Center