Don’t Lose Patients: Preventive Healthcare Customer Experience

What is customer experience?

Enhanced customer experience and engagement is the ‘Mantra’ of success in Healthcare. Healthcare customer experience is not just about providing good medical treatment; it’s about fostering empathy, open communication, and a genuine partnership in the journey toward well-being. Data reveals that in the U.S., almost half of the customers switched their service providers due to poor healthcare communication experiences, and nearly 85% of these individuals made this decision because companies didn’t offer ease of doing business with them.

Healthcare Customer Experience inefficiencies directly impact productivity, efficiency, and last but certainly not least – cost!

  • A 500-bed hospital loses $4+ million every year due to communication inefficiencies
  • Miscommunication during patient transfers is responsible for 80% of serious medical errors
  • Hospitals incur annual costs worth $8.3 billion due to increased patient discharge time and lost productivity resulting from papers and other outdated communication systems

Transforming Healthcare Customer Experience

  • Understanding Healthcare Empathy: Healthcare empathy goes beyond medical expertise; it’s about understanding the emotional needs of patients. Taking the time to listen, acknowledge concerns, and communicate clearly can make a world of difference in how patients perceive their care. When healthcare professionals show empathy, patients feel valued and understood, fostering a sense of trust and comfort.
  • Patient Empowerment and Engagement: Empowering patients to actively participate in their healthcare decisions leads to better outcomes. When patients are informed about their treatment options and encouraged to voice their preferences, they feel more in control of their health journey. This approach not only enhances patient experience but also contributes to better adherence to treatment plans.
  • Measuring Patient Satisfaction: Patient satisfaction surveys are valuable tools for assessing the quality of healthcare interactions. These surveys provide insights into what patients value most, allowing healthcare providers to identify areas for improvement. By incorporating patient feedback into the decision-making process, healthcare facilities can refine their services to align with patient expectations.
  • Improving Healthcare Processes: Patient feedback in healthcare isn’t just about gathering data; it’s about driving meaningful change. Analyzing survey results and identifying recurring themes can highlight areas where communication or empathy might be lacking. Implementing process improvements based on this feedback can lead to smoother healthcare customer experiences.
  • The Impact of Healthcare Communication: Effective communication is at the heart of patient-centric care. Healthcare professionals who can convey complex medical information in an understandable and compassionate manner bridge the gap between medical expertise and patient understanding. This, in turn, reduces anxiety and builds trust.
  • Striving for Medical Service Excellence: Medical service excellence is achieved when medical expertise is paired with exceptional patient care. Healthcare facilities that prioritize both aspects create an environment where patients receive top-notch medical treatment alongside personalized attention. This comprehensive approach results in higher patient satisfaction rates.
  • Enhancing Patient Experience through Compassion: Compassion is the cornerstone of patient-centered care. Whether it’s a warm smile, a reassuring touch, or a kind word, these gestures can have a profound impact on patients’ emotional well-being. Combining medical excellence with genuine empathy sets the stage for a truly holistic healthcare customer experience.

Elevating Healthcare Customer Communication Strategy

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Primarily, people seek healthcare services when they or their near and dear ones are not well. Health problems and associated financial issues can be stressful and intimidating for patients. In such situations, they expect the healthcare businesses to care for their needs and well-being besides offering treatment. Sensitive and empathetic interactions between the patient and the healthcare provider can achieve this.

Key touchpoints to boost your healthcare customer communications:

  • Appointment Scheduling
  1. Minimize wait times to talk to a scheduling agent
  2. Reduce the time for data capture
  3. Have accurate data
  4. Provide appointment confirmation and instructions through email with reminders.
  • Appointment Check-in
  1. Track and provide accurate estimates for expected wait times
  2. Enhance background questionnaires. Include and capture more information about health history, complaints, and symptoms during the wait time to reduce the appointment time.
  • Service Delivery

For effective interaction with patients, provide healthcare staff with

  1. Complete access to patient’s health history and records
  2. Diagnostic tools and systems
  3. Ability to record patients’ questions, treatment notes, diagnostic notes, and recommendations
  • Providing the Care

Optimize referrals and transfers to other providers by providing the ability to

  1. Locate referral resources
  2. Make appointments on customers’ behalf and submit orders for tests
  • Follow-up Visits
  1. Use personalized communication techniques such as phone calls
  2. Provide contact instructions for future needs.
  • Billing and Insurance Claims

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  • Future Visits
  1. Maintain customer service records and interactions
  2. Provide your staff with the ability to review and update insights and information from one engagement to prepare for future visits.

Unlocking the Magic of Unforgettable Healthcare Customer Experiences!

Certainly! Customer Communications Management (CCM) plays a crucial role in shaping a positive healthcare customer experience. Here’s a brief explanation of how specific CCM approaches can contribute to nurturing the Healthcare Customer Journey:

  • Maintain Consistency: Maintaining consistency is critical across your messages, including e-mail, direct mail, collateral, websites, or other customer communication. Tools like customer journey mapping and communication management strategies adopted for the unification of messages can go a long way. Also, inventorying customer touchpoints and communications can offer you a clear understanding and insights into healthcare customer experience and associated gaps. By identifying and closing these gaps, you can yield coherent, clear, and effective communication with your customers. While you are enabling your unified messages to reach across digital channels, do not understate the role of existing tools such as voice and print.
  • Practice Continuity: Your communication should be continuous across various channels to streamline the customer journey. A study by Google and Ipsos shows that 9 out of 10 customers start a task on one device while completing it on another. Technology can immensely help in providing an extraordinary healthcare customer experience by offering seamless continuity across multiple devices. Continuity is also applicable across vendor relationships and partnerships where customers need not follow duplicate steps to provide his/her information repeatedly. Further, transparency is imperative where customers quickly understand whether they are dealing with their provider or a partnered vendor.
  • Real-time Contextual Information: Today’s customers prefer real-time personalized messages over generic communication. Understand the customer’s current health status, medical history, and emotions besides his/her customer segment, needs, and behaviors, and send personalized communication with a tone that resonates with the customer’s emotional state.
  • Content-rich Communication: With personalized communication, your customer communication will no longer depend on boilerplate content. The customer’s health status, future needs, and ongoing care will dictate personalized messages and images for delivering essential relevance and value. Gone are the days when businesses expected customers to visit their websites and portals to go through the content. Nowadays, customers prefer various content types, including instant messages and videos, and expect them to be delivered to new channels such as different cloud-storage solutions. Emerging technologies help companies to integrate their content securely with customers’ devices and platforms and smoothen the customer journey. Further, the content should be compatible and optimized for a range of devices and delivery channels to offer your customer the needed continuity.
  • Omnichannel Business Communications: Today’s customers prefer diverse communication channels at their convenience, including email, online chat, SMS, call centers, social media, etc. A CCM solution offers seamless Omni channel business communication and leverages modern care technologies such as scheduling chatbots, voice health assistants, and self-service platforms.
  • Personalized Customer Communication: CCM tools enable the building of web-based customized service portals and user interfaces for personalized care. Besides offering interactive communication, it automatically sends emergency and critical communication to the customers eliminating manual dependency and associated human errors.
  • Better Customer Experience: With CCM, patients have 24/7 access to healthcare professionals and can receive comprehensive and unique healthcare plans and resource inventory that focuses on managing chronic conditions. The routine care offered by CCM solutions reduces the number of ER and office visits and hospitalizations, resulting in saving time and money. It makes them feel special and enhances the healthcare customer experience.
  • Transparent and Accurate Information Management: CCM platform leverages E-forms and intuitive UI visualization resulting in transparency and accuracy. Further, cross-functional experience visualization minimizes service delays and enhances business productivity and efficiency.
  • Stay Complaint: The Healthcare domain needs to follow and comply with stringent regulatory guidelines. CCM software takes care of regulatory compliance maintenance with efficient healthcare information management. It helps maintain high global standards of HIPAA and CMS Medicare while reducing the cost of healthcare.

Efficient and timely customer communication is imperative to stay competitive in the healthcare market space. A comprehensive CCM platform takes customer communication to the next level through bidirectional interactive business communication and information management. FCI’s highly advanced CCM and Digital Transformation Solutions are designed to digitize and automate vital Healthcare Communications Strategies to deliver a value-rich healthcare customer experience.

Prescription for a Brighter Healthcare Customer Experience!

Beyond revolutionizing customer care experiences, our comprehensive CCM solution stands as a beacon of innovation in the healthcare landscape. Not only does it elevate patient satisfaction, but it also empowers healthcare professionals by providing a robust platform for making well-informed decisions. The personalized communication capabilities embedded within our CCM solution ensure that every interaction resonates with individualized care, fostering a stronger patient-provider relationship. Additionally, the real-time communication features streamline connectivity, enabling swift exchanges of crucial information while substantially reducing operational costs. If you’re eager to discover the full spectrum of possibilities that our CCM capabilities offer, don’t hesitate—get in touch with us today and embark on a journey to redefine healthcare communication excellence.

In the dynamic world of healthcare, technology, and innovation are essential, but they should never overshadow the significance of the personal touch. By prioritizing empathy, effective communication, and patient empowerment, healthcare providers can enhance the overall patient experience. Remember, it’s not just about treating ailments; it’s about treating patients with the care and compassion they deserve.