How Humana Improved Access and Outcomes

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Humana was looking for a way to enhance access to specialists and improve clinical outcomes across their provider network with a digital solution. Typically, coordinating referrals across a disparate provider network has many challenges: long delays between referral order and actual appointment, identifying appropriate specialists, inefficient appointment coordination and scheduling, and inability to track data in real time.

These challenges lead to poor patient experience, diminished access to care, wasted time, negative clinical outcomes, and increased medical costs.

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Reduce wait times with a digital network

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The consequences of long wait times can be severe, especially for patients. Direct correlations can be drawn from longer waiting times to increased ED utilization. If the costs associated with unnecessary ED visits weren’t enough, add to that the cost of missed appointments. According to data collected by MyHealthDirect, included in a recent article published by The New England Journal of Medicine, the longer patients wait for an appointment, the greater the chance they won’t show up. The correlation couldn’t be clearer: long waits mean more no-shows.

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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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Saving Lost Appointments

Posted by Matt Berns on Friday, January 20, 2017

When you have access to your scheduling data, you will often be surprised by the types of trends that emerge. 

We recently sat down with one of our partners, a large health system, and noticed an interesting trend in their scheduling history. 14.6% of all open inventory that remained unbooked at appointment time -  was at one point booked and then cancelled 72 hours before the start time. In other words, almost 15% of unfilled appointments were being canceled with a three-day notice.

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Improve patient scheduling with analytics

Posted by Matt Berns on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

When scheduler lead times and show rates are out of target range, it can be difficult to identify the root cause.

But if you can monitor the activity of your referral sources and targets, with the ability to drill down to the user/provider level, it is possible to know where to target behavior change.

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Why does reducing lead times matter?

Posted by Brad Veach on Thursday, September 15, 2016

When ordered a referral, a patient should not be troubled to schedule the right appointment. The patient wants the soonest available time, at the closest available location, with the best available physician

When scheduling a referral for a patient, the sending provider should not have to depend on catching a receiving coordinator on the telephone or whether or not the fax went through. The referring physician wants to confirm the soonest available time, at the closest available location, with the best available physician for each patient. The referring physician also should be notified if the appointment was kept, as well as the outcome of the visit. 

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