Brad Veach

Marketing Manager at MyHealthDirect

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Close gaps in care with facility-based scheduling

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ironically, for many people access to healthcare is “a pain in the neck”. Let’s face it, three-way calls are bad for business. No one likes to wait on hold, especially when nearly any other service or need can be met without this annoying process. This is bad enough, but add the awkwardness of speaking about private matters (e.g. mammograms or colonoscopies) and doing nothing becomes an attractive option.

Instead of getting the care they need, people are avoiding the healthcare system altogether. This leads to dangerous gaps in care, which result in significant health risks and ED visits that could have been avoided.

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How waitlist technology can optimize provider utilization

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

No-shows are costly. This study in the Journal for Healthcare Quality found that the cost was $210 per missed appointment.

Dr. Barron Lerner, M.D, writes in the New York Times, “no-show rates range from 5 to 55 percent”. Even with a no-show rate at 20%, it’s easy to see how the costs can quickly grow to tremendous levels.

What can be done to fill at least some of these appointment slots – and recover the revenue?

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Self-service in healthcare is a game changer

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

When’s the last time you booked a flight without knowing how much it cost?

If you’re like most people your answer is probably, “What?! Are you crazy?!” – In the information age it’s easy to compare options and find the best flight at the lowest cost using online services. For most industries this is the norm; consumers have knowledge prior to purchase about what it includes, how much it costs, and even how it compares to other options. However, when it comes to healthcare, consumers are forced to make uninformed decisions, and the cost is often times closer to that of an all-inclusive cruise around the Caribbean rather than a single flight!

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Empower online scheduling with business rules

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chances are, if you ask a provider to open their schedule for patients and other providers to access at will, they’re going to say, “No”.

“But”, you might say, “this is going to bring more patients and more revenue to you and your practice!”

Doesn’t matter. The answer is still, “No”.

While it may seem confusing or hard to understand why a provider wouldn’t want more revenue, the truth is that they have good reasons to say no. If patients and other providers have unrestricted access to a provider’s calendar, then the provider loses control.

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Stop outmigration with digital care coordination

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

For too many providers, first-time patients fail to become repeat patients. How can we create a system that keeps patients in-network and coming back?

For starters, we need to align our processes with the digital age. Healthcare in particular is characteristically behind the times when it comes to meeting consumer demands. For many healthcare providers, booking follow up visits for patients still relies on three-way phone calls or merely handing the patient a slip of paper with some contact info. Digitizing the care coordination process can fix these issues. Specifically, it can organize and streamline data across in-network providers, while keeping the scheduling process both simple and intuitive.

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Operationalizing Referral Management

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Many practices do their best to ensure specialty appointments are being scheduled by their patients, that attendance is being tracked and when possible, that follow-through care is actually being provided. But with most specialists on disparate systems, it can be nearly impossible.

This does not have to be the case.

When your network of preferred providers are connected through a centralized, cloud-based platform, EHR fragmentation and phone-based workflows no longer short circuit your business.

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What our customers say

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How long does it take your patients to get from a primary care physician to a specialist?

Many organizations don’t know. 

Patients, however, are fully aware of the frustration of being handed a slip of paper and told to schedule their own consult. 

As a true thought leader in patient experience, Humana has set a new standard of enterprise-wide patient access that addresses this very issue.

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Humana’s innovative approach to improve clinical outcomes

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Coordinating referrals across a disparate provider network is broken.

Long lead times, finding the right provider, efficiently coordinating care, and tracking the timeliness and completion of appointments are everyday obstacles.

These challenges create a time-consuming process, a poor patient experience and untimely access to care. As a result, many patients experience long delays or simply do not follow through on these referrals - correlating to lower clinical outcomes and increased medical costs.

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