Category: Patient Communication


Category: Patient Communication

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West Corporation

Posted on September 3, 2019 by West Corporation 


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3 Opportunities You Miss by Not Using Health Monitoring Surveys

In recent posts, we’ve discussed the need for healthcare teams to update their communication strategies to connect with patients in new ways. One type of communication we recommend adopting is health monitoring surveys (check out our infographic at the end of this post). These surveys give healthcare teams a way to capture health data in real-time to learn what is happening with patients between appointments.… Read more

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West Corporation

Posted on August 20, 2019 by West Corporation 


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Make Patients Feel More Valued in 3 Easy Steps

What is the best way to show people they matter to you? An article that appeared in Forbes suggests that by showing an interest in others, making time for them and investing in them, we can make people feel valued. Demonstrating to people that they matter is not only an important life skill, but for healthcare providers, it is an essential professional skill.… Read more

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West Corporation

Posted on August 6, 2019 by West Corporation 


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Using Surveys to Monitor Pain May Help Prevent Hospital Readmissions

Patients who have been discharged from the hospital are more likely to return to the emergency department or be readmitted if they have high levels of pain. According to one study that looked at 30-day readmissions and ER visits following surgeries, patients in the highest reported pain categories also had the highest rate of non-planned readmissions and ER visits.… Read more

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West Corporation

Posted on July 23, 2019 by West Corporation 


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Helping Patients Reach Health Goals with Text Messages

Patient expectations for positive healthcare experiences continue to rise thanks to the streamlined experiences they have as consumers with other industries. Other industries prioritize convenient communication along the customer journey so that interactions are meaningful, convenient and informative. For healthcare organizations, this means that they can no longer leave all responsibility for creating positive experiences through between-visit communication with the patient.… Read more

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West Corporation

Posted on July 9, 2019 by West Corporation 


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Problems & Solutions for Building a Better Financial Experience for Patients

When healthcare leaders put their heads together and strategize how to improve healthcare experiences for patients, much of the focus tends to be on improving clinical processes and facilities. However, one area that patients suggest needs improvement is the financial side of the patient experience. Here are three problems patients say need to be fixed in order to elevate the financial experience for patients:

Problem #1: Healthcare bills often catch patients by surprise.Read more

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West Corporation

Posted on April 30, 2019 by West Corporation 


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How To Maintain Your Practice’s Productivity During The Summer Season

In the summer months, as temperatures climb to staggering heights, office productivity levels can dip to all-time lows. Work is often far from top of mind as employees plan their summer activities. But medical practices can’t afford to put their operations on hold for months while employees trade in patient calls for beach towels and sunscreen.… Read more

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West Corporation

Posted on April 10, 2019 by West Corporation 


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Dealing With the High Cost of Pain

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 50 million Americans (or roughly 20 percent of the adult population in the U.S.) experience chronic pain. In addition to the obvious suffering that is caused by chronic pain, there is another problem: the cost.

When you consider the cost of care, medication, ER visits, hospitalizations and even missed work and decreased productivity that is tied to pain, the pain problem becomes clear.… Read more

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West Corporation

Posted on April 4, 2019 by West Corporation 


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Making A Social Media Content Calendar Work for You—4 Simple Steps

Don’t have a 2019 social media strategy? You’re not alone. Last year was a confusing one for social media marketers, leaving many in a state of paralysis. The Facebook algorithm changes and privacy concerns made businesses question whether or not to use the platform at all. And, keeping up with the ever emerging social media trends on all the platforms can keep your head spinning.… Read more

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West Corporation

Posted on March 26, 2019 by West Corporation 


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5 Reasons Texting Is an In-Demand Healthcare Communication Option

Texting between patients and healthcare providers continues to grow in popularity. From 2011 to 2018, the number of patients who have exchanged text messages with healthcare providers has more than tripled (5% vs. 17%). And, according to results from a recent West survey, 11 percent of patients say texting is their top preference for receiving communications from their healthcare teams.… Read more

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West Corporation

Posted on March 19, 2019 by West Corporation 


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Chronic Patients Need Help Understanding Health Metrics

Many complications related to chronic illnesses are avoidable, and yet emergency department visits, hospitalizations and other costly and unpleasant experiences are common among chronic patients. So why aren’t more of the preventable problems averted? One reason is that many patients simply don’t have a clear enough understanding of what their own health readings are and what they mean.… Read more

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