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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top barriers to patient access through health system call centers and how they impede a positive patient experience: outdated provider directories, limited patient-provider matching capabilities, and lack of visibility into provider availability.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top barriers to patient access through health system call centers and how they impede a positive patient experience: outdated provider directories, lack of patient-provider matching capabilities, and insight into provider availability.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

Call Center Patient Experience Blog Series: The Impact of Outdated Provider Directories on Patient Access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of a three post series, we’ll explore some of these top barriers and how they impede a positive patient experience: outdated provider directories, lack of patient-provider matching capabilities, and insight into provider availability.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

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

Putting the "Patient" Back in "Patient Access"

 

We in Boston were proud to have our city included on Becker’s list of health IT hubs to know. After participating in the IX Health innovation summit at Cincinnati’s Union Hall recently, I would not be surprised to see Cincinnati on a future edition of the list. In the words of Wendy Lea, CEO of Cintrifuse (one of the sponsoring hosts of the event), Union Hall is the “front door to innovation in the greater Cincinnati region.”

While the initiatives and investments of the StartupCincy community span multiple industries, healthcare is a primary vertical of focus, given the high density of providers (Mercy Health, Cincinnati Children’s, TriHealth, and U Cincinnati Health were among those represented), large payors (Humana), and large self-insured employers (Kroger, Proctor & Gamble) in the area. All of these stakeholders had a presence at the summit, which created a robust forum for discussion on a number of key topics, one of which was Patient Access 2.0: Breaking Down Barriers With Patient Centric Design.

Topics: Patient Experience Patient Access Access Center Patient-Provider Matching

What Do Health Systems, Hotels and Airlines Have in Common?

 

It’s hard to argue against the fact that the US healthcare system has a capacity issue.  In other words, we have too many patients and too few providers—at least it usually seems that way when patients attempt to book appointments.  It’s a supply and demand issue that is unlikely to be fixed anytime soon, considering the physician shortage a decade from now is projected to be up to 100,000 providers.  “Patient occupancy rates” are high and this scenario mirrors something similar that occurs in other industries as well. 

Topics: Patient Experience Patient Access Access Center Patient-Provider Matching

Matching a Patient with the Most Appropriate Provider: Why is This Still Such a Challenge?

I’ve been in healthcare for over 16 years and have always heard that “healthcare is about 10 years behind other industries.”  While I’d argue it’s not quite 10 years anymore (it’s still close), the time I’ve spent in call centers has revealed that there is still a long way to go when it comes to delivering an optimal front door experience to patients.  The scenario below occurs all too often, even at leading health systems.

Topics: Patient Access Access Center Patient-Provider Matching