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Five Insights on the Future of Patient Access From the 7th Annual Thought Leadership Symposium

Without question COVID-19 has caused incredible disruption to industries across the board, with the healthcare sector experiencing some of the greatest challenges. At the same time, however, the pandemic has been a catalyst for rapid innovation, revealing opportunities to rethink and transform approaches to care delivery and access. From learning to operate remote call centers to looking for more digitally-enabled ways to engage with patients (e.g., virtual care, virtual assistants), the pandemic has pushed health systems to reimagine—and quickly—their approaches to enabling patient access.

Topics: ATLAS Conference Digital Patient Experience Access Center Patient Engagement Patient-Provider Matching Provider Directories Provider Data Management Change Management Online Scheduling marketing

Patient Perspectives on Virtual Care Part 3: How to Expand Access to Virtual Care and Generate Future Interest

As we discussed in the first two blogs of this series, before the onset of COVID-19, virtual care was used rather infrequently, in fact few health systems even provided the option for receiving care. However, when the pandemic struck, we saw many organizations pivot quickly and rapidly implement virtual care programs to expand access to safe and timely care. And for the most part, patients eagerly adopted it and have been overwhelmingly satisfied with their virtual care experiences. In fact, our recent report, Patient Perspectives on Virtual Care, found that almost three-quarters of respondents wanted the option of virtual visits as part of their standard care moving forward and half would switch providers for the offering. Even now, as some health systems have resumed in-person visits, the desire for virtual visits remains high–many of our customers are still seeing the same number of virtual visits as they did this summer.

Topics: Digital Patient Experience Patient Access Patient Engagement Online Scheduling marketing

Patient Perspectives on Virtual Care Part 2: How to Differentiate Your Virtual Care Experience

As we discussed in the first blog of our series, How to Increase Awareness of and Access to Virtual Care, virtual care has seen a surge in adoption since the onset of the pandemic earlier this year. While it is very important for healthcare organizations to look for ways to market these services and ensure access to information about which providers deliver care virtually, it is just as important to look at the experiences patients are having with virtual care.

Topics: Digital Patient Experience Patient Access Patient Engagement Online Scheduling marketing

Patient Perspectives on Virtual Care Part 1: How to Increase Awareness of and Access to Virtual Care

Prior to this year, the majority of healthcare consumers had little experience with virtual care. Now, just six months later, most health systems are utilizing virtual care offerings as a way to enable access to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, according to our newest research report, Patient Perspectives on Virtual Care, 72% of patients had their first-ever virtual care visit this year. While initial reports indicate that the utilization of virtual care offerings has skyrocketed, what does the experience look like? How are patients finding out about and accessing these virtual care offerings?

Topics: Digital Patient Experience Patient Access Patient Engagement Online Scheduling marketing

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

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

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