Healthcare organizations routinely leverage technology to keep patients engaged in their care. A key piece in the engagement puzzle is communication, and by automating outreach efforts, providers are able to improve key initiatives, i.e., delivering better care and health outcomes, building stronger patient-provider relationships and achieving better operational efficiency for the organization.… Read more
It’s “Talk About Rx” month, which is a great opportunity to help patients stay informed about their prescriptions and dietary supplements. Here are seven important things you can help patients do to make them “Medicine Smart.”
- Make a list of all their medicines. It’s important for patients to always carry a list of their medications with them for every medical visit.
In a recent West survey, healthcare providers rated text messages as the second most effective way to communicate with patients. Live phone calls were the only type of communication ranked ahead of texting. The survey also revealed that 72 percent of healthcare providers are routinely or occasionally using text messages to communicate with patients.… Read more
Fun fact: 88 percent of patients want healthcare providers to communicate with them by texting outside of in-person appointments. And yet, more than half of patients (51%) say their providers either do not use text messages to communicate, or they do a fair or poor job of offering this type of communication.… Read more
With everything going pink this month, providers have an excellent opportunity to help women become more proactive in the fight against breast cancer. The CDC reports that it’s the most common cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity, so there is plenty cause for concern. And according to West’s 5 Reasons Patients Skip Preventive Care, nearly 1 in 4 patients don’t know when they are due for a screening.… Read more
The patient interactions in a healthcare call center simultaneously impact both patient satisfaction and operational efficiency, so it is of the utmost importance to deliver a standardized and positive patient experience during every phone call. Healthcare systems can deliver these quality interactions by combining the right technology with quality patient data and patient-focused service.… Read more
Every 3 minutes a man will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. According to a survey conducted by the Cleveland Clinic, 53% of men said their health isn’t something they like to discuss. In the same study, 48% turn to their spouse or significant other to discuss a health issue. So what can providers do to encourage men to take an active role in their health?… Read more
September is National Cholesterol Education Month, which is a great time to help patients take charge of their heart health. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 102 million American adults (20 years or older) have elevated cholesterol levels of 200 mg/dL, which is above healthy levels. Worse, more than 35 million of these adults have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher – putting them at risk for heart disease.… Read more
Do patients like taking healthcare surveys? The answer may surprise medical providers.
According to a West survey of 1,036 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and older, 86 percent of Americans are willing to take a survey from a healthcare provider. The survey revealed that most Americans are willing to complete patient satisfaction surveys, post-discharge surveys, health risk assessments, remote monitoring surveys, gaps in care surveys and medication adherence surveys.… Read more
Effective patient communication is essential for delivering quality care and increasing patient engagement. Fifty-one percent of patients say they want more communication from their healthcare provider between visits. One way to do that is through preventive health education. While it’s important to encourage patients to schedule preventive screenings and checkups, it’s also crucial to educate patients on how they can improve their overall health and wellness between visits.… Read more