Kyruus Blog

The Top Five Most-Read Kyruus Blog Posts of 2017

Throughout the year we have posted blogs from subject matter experts sharing their expertise in patient experience and access. A common theme of our 2017 top viewed blog posts is understanding the patient journey of care. As the posts suggest, health systems must adapt to the evolving way in which patients are now obtaining information about their care and the providers they are choosing to receive that care from. Patients are behaving increasingly like consumers of healthcare and as such, health systems must adjust their strategies to align with this shift.

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

Red Flags You Have a Patient Access Problem

Patient access” is a health system’s ability to ensure that patients can obtain care from the right provider who can address their clinical needs while also meeting important logistical requirements and personal preferences. Patient access challenges can stem from difficulties in scheduling, a poorly designed website, and an inability to route patients to providers effectively – among other things. Read on to learn five red flags that indicate your patients may be struggling to access timely and effective care.

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

Relationships Between Health Systems and Patients Can Start and End with a Provider

Finding the right match between consumers and providers is a key part to establishing a long-term relationship between patients and healthcare providers. Health systems are well-equipped to facilitate the relationship and consumers recognize their critical role in this.

Topics: Digital Patient Experience Patient Access Provider Networks Patient Engagement Patient-Provider Matching

Infographic: The Patient Access Journey is Changing & Health Systems Need to Respond

Healthcare consumers are becoming savvy shoppers. Our research conducted in the summer of 2017 shows that while many consumers still prefer traditional methods for finding providers (such as referrals from healthcare providers), most are performing some level of due diligence before booking appointments—and they're going online to do their research. Learn more about how consumers access healthcare providers in the 2017 Patient Access Journey Report.

Topics: Digital Patient Experience Patient Access Provider Networks Patient Engagement Patient-Provider Matching

Think Patient Access is a Problem in Boston? Try Accessing Care in Rural Areas

At a recent ReDev Boston presentation, Kyruus co-founder, Julie Yoo, presented on the patient access problem facing patients across America. Many audience members expressed shock at the statistics around how difficult it is for patients to receive care throughout the US, stating that they had no idea it was “that bad.”

Topics: Patient Access Patient Engagement

“When Times Get Tough, Get Creative” & Other Pointers for Leaders of Clinically Integrated Networks

In 2015, Mercy Health (Cincinnati, OH) and Summa Health (Akron, OH) formed one of the largest clinically integrated networks (CINs) in Ohio, Advanced Health Select, to enhance chronic care management and lower the total cost of care for patients in Ohio and Kentucky. Their respective ACOs were the first networks to join the CIN, linking 2,800 providers. The CIN has since expanded to include closer to 3,500 providers. We were pleased to host two leaders from these health systems on a recent webinar: J.D. Whitlock, VP of Enterprise Intelligence at Mercy Health and Ellen Smith, VP of Business Development & Access at Summa Health. Here were some of the top takeaways:

Topics: Patient Experience Patient Access Provider Networks Patient Engagement

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: Patient Experience Patient Access Patient Engagement Patient-Provider Matching Provider Directories

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

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