Like many healthcare organizations today, The Iowa Clinic, which is the largest independent, physician-owned multi-specialty group in Central Iowa, was looking for a way to improve access to care for its patients.Read More
The relationship between health plans and providers has long been complicated and somewhat fractured. In their dealings, both parties have struggled with various inefficiencies leading to compounding frustration over the years. One of the largest contributing factors to this frustration is how health plans manage referrals into provider offices—a process that traditionally relies on a cumbersome three-way call between the patient, provider, and health plan.Read More
Our very own CEO, Tom Cox, recently caught up with the Nashville Business Journal about the changing landscape of consumer-driven healthcare. In this conversation, Cox called out millennials as one of the main forces shaping the technological innovation and progress we’ve seen in the industry thus far.Read More
We recently attended Healthcare Call Center’s Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, and had the opportunity to discuss with business leaders and industry heads some of the biggest challenges and opportunities in the healthcare call center world. This year’s event hosted the largest number of physician practice call centers in attendance since the conference’s inception 30 years ago, and it’s no wonder. With call centers playing a critical role in the healthcare ecosystem, more executives are realizing that these centers are on the front line and critical to the patient experience.Read More
Ensuring patient populations are getting the care they need is a challenging task that many healthcare providers are struggling with today. We’ve discussed before some of the ways that consumer scheduling and referral coordination solutions are helping providers improve patient access. We also recently wrote about how we are specifically helping call centers. Now we would like to discuss how automated outreach combined with the ability to schedule appointments in real-time can help close gaps in care.Read More
As consumerism and value based initiatives continue to change the landscape of healthcare, access to care has become a key part of the new paradigm. However, opening access without a specific strategy or without the proper protections in place often creates more challenges than it solves.
What patients really need is access to the right care.
This means the goals of the provider organization must be aligned with their resources in an intentional way. Whether it’s a patient self-scheduling, a care coordinator scheduling a referral, or a call center agent helping a patient find a provider, care delivery must be mapped to the patient’s needs. In our experience, we’ve learned this doesn’t happen by chance. Instead it takes a concerted, strategic effort, complemented with smart technology, to bring the pieces together to provide a navigable care network.Read More
Healthcare call centers play an important role in the healthcare ecosystem. Some are performing outreach to close gaps in care, others are receiving inbound calls from patients trying to book appointments, and so on. Whether the focus is inbound or outbound, one issue remains, identifying the right provider and booking the appointment is difficult.
Typically, massive spreadsheets and/or three-ring binders full of provider information and scheduling rules must be combed through by agents to find the right provider. Once the provider is located a three-way call must be initiated so the call center agent can find a time that works for both the patient and the provider for an appointment. Many times, these three-way calls are unsuccessful, and even when they are successful, they are always tedious and time-consuming.Read More
For decades, most patients have made appointments by calling their physician’s office. But now that is all beginning to change. In the age of smartphones, where consumer-centric technology is ever-present, health systems are starting to adapt. Patient self-scheduling is on the rise. In fact, a recent study by Accenture estimates that 66% of US health systems will offer patient self-scheduling by the end of 2019. The primary reason? A better patient experience. For example, the same Accenture study also shows that 77 percent of patients think the ability to book, change or cancel appointments online is important.Read More