The American healthcare industry is being called on to deliver more - more value, more satisfying patient experiences and ultimately, real patient transparency. By integrating clinical, financial and administrative functions, providers are finding that answering this call is the key to their own long-term success.
Several prominent healthcare providers and investors have been featured in recent, damaging national news stories about patient billing and collection tactics. But some hospitals are learning that improved transparency and communications make it possible to partner with patients to increase revenues and burnish their reputations.
This is the first of a two-part series of articles seeking to define patient engagement in a more holistic and actionable way. Today, we’re taking a look at Patient Engagement from the patient’s perspective. Next week, we’ll dig deeper into the provider’s side of the relationship.
90% of Americans use the Internet, but only 25% use the patient portals offered by most hospitals. This digital disconnect impacts patient experiences and provider performance, but there is good news for providers who act to deliver rewarding online experiences.