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Kyruus Blog

The Case for Online Scheduling

While we’re all aware that healthcare is a bit behind other industries on consumer engagement, we can’t understate that our objectives and complexities far exceed airfare and fine dining. Even still, the voice of the healthcare consumer is strengthening and it's changing the conversation about healthcare and how it's delivered. As patients take a more active role in their care and that of their relatives, they are spending more time online —and they expect their interactions to be more convenient, accessible, and digital.

Topics: Patient Access Provider Data Management online scheduling

Laying the Foundation for Enhanced Patient Access: The Importance of Analytics

Analytics are becoming increasingly important in healthcare: marketers use it to optimize their campaigns, population health researchers use it to identify at-risk populations, and physicians use it to decide which drugs to prescribe. However, with healthcare organizations and patients generating so much data, it’s sometimes impossible to make sense of it–or make the data actionable. In fact, the amount of health information produced is doubling every three years, and by 2020 it is estimated to double every 73 days.1 And while the quantity of data is intimidating for most, it also offers health systems an opportunity to drive change, especially to improve patient access.

As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve and patients seek out convenient and affordable care, being able to leverage existing data will be critical to expanding access to care and maintaining patient loyalty. Here’s how to use your data to lay the foundation for enhanced access:

Topics: Analytics Patient Access Provider Data Management

Three Reasons Provider Data is Central to the Patient Experience

For most health systems, keeping provider directories up-to-date is an ongoing issue: provider networks, and information about providers themselves, change constantly. Our recent white paper looks at some of the key areas where accurate, centralized provider data management can boost the health system’s bottom line (from improving marketing operations to optimizing provider networks). But what about the impact to patients entering the system? Inaccurate, incomplete provider data has the power to negatively impact the patient experience—from inaccurate referrals to access to timely care in a convenient location. This post looks at three patient scenarios where inaccurate provider data has the potential to hurt the patient experience:

Topics: Physicians Patient-Provider Matching Provider Data Management

Centralized Provider Data: Powering Effective Referral Management

With great certainty, we get patients to the right doctors — every time.
– Andi Kolodny, Director, Physician Referral Services at Hospital for Special Surgery

At Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), one of the nation’s leading orthopedic hospitals, providers are grouped into very specialized service lines. When appropriate routing requires such a granular knowledge of providers’ unique expertise, Andi Kolodny’s team in the Physician Referral Services Center rely heavily on rich provider information to help them make quick, informed decisions about which providers a patient should see. By leveraging a centralized provider directory, the HSS team is able to understand each physician’s unique expertise, as well as logistical information to meet patients’ needs (e.g., insurances accepted and provider practice locations), and get patients to the right provider, every time.

Topics: Physicians Patient-Provider Matching Provider Data Management

Airline Pilots & Doctors: What Can We Learn to Decrease Burnout?

In an article, "Healthcare can take a lesson from the airline industry, doctors say,” FierceHealthcare recently covered an opinion piece by Sinsky and Privitera from JAMA which highlights the need to improve the clinical work environment by essentially creating a less cluttered mental landscape for physicians. This isn’t proposing we teach a greater resiliency to putting up with the clutter, but instead addresses the meaningful ways in which we might create better and safer working conditions. 

Topics: Physicians Patient-Provider Matching Provider Data Management

Five Reasons Patient Access Requires a Multi-Channel Approach

Health systems have a multitude of “front doors” (i.e., patient access points) and, as today’s care networks continue to evolve in size and scope, linking those points is becoming a growing priority. Recently, Katie Logan, VP of Experience at Piedmont Healthcare and Andy Hare, Associate VP of Access Services at UAB Medicine, joined Healthcare Informatics and Kyruus on a webinar, “Taking a Multi-Channel Approach to Access.” Both Piedmont Healthcare and UAB Medicine are pursuing significant initiatives to transform how patients access their health systems and transition within them.

Topics: Patient Access Access Center Patient-Provider Matching Provider Directory Provider Data Management

Provider Data Management: The Foundation for Successful Digital Marketing

"You can’t have an e-commerce or online strategy without a catalog, it’s impossible. ...It’s the foundational struts of everything else that you do."
– Aaron Martin, EVP, Chief Digital Officer at Providence St. Joseph Health

Topics: Physicians Patient Experience Patient Access Patient-Provider Matching Provider Data Management

Decentralized vs. Centralized Access at Health Systems: The Patient's Perspective

Last year in our centralized patient access webinar series with Culbert Healthcare Solutions, we discussed top things health system leaders need to know about access centers, focusing primarily on processes, technology, and staffing. In this blog, we will highlight the benefits of centralized access from the patient’s perspective by contrasting two different patient access scenarios.

Topics: Physicians Patient Experience Access Center Provider Data Management

The Power of Provider Data Management

We all make dozens of decisions a day, many of which are informed by data. From the recommended products we buy on Amazon to precision cancer treatments, data serves as the foundation to many of the choices we make. However, even when we’re surrounded by data, it isn’t always accessible. Many of today’s patients, for example, are acting more like savvy consumers and are conducting research on providers before booking an appointment.

Topics: Physicians Patient Experience Patient-Provider Matching Provider Finder Provider Data Management

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Physician Motivators to Consider When Driving Change

This is a guest blog post from Dr. Nancy Gagliano, Chief Medical Officer at Culbert Healthcare Solutions.

In an era of increasing physician burnout, it is critical to understand core motivators that affect physician satisfaction.12 We all have intrinsic and extrinsic motivators that contribute to job satisfaction. Intrinsic motivators for physicians are the “Why I went to medical school,” while extrinsic motivators include factors such as autonomy, resources, leadership, community, and appreciation. While many may think a “full waiting room” is a sufficient motivator for physicians, understanding what truly motivates physicians is essential to developing a roadmap to improve their satisfaction.

Topics: Physicians Patient Experience Provider Data Management Change Management