Understanding and Improving Quality of Care in Healthcare

Patient Engagement in HealthcareQuality of care in healthcare is important: It’s something just about anyone in the United States – and around the globe – can safely agree on. Poor quality healthcare has dire consequences on a patient’s life; much more so than, for instance, a poor quality retail experience. A shoddy pair of sneakers isn’t a matter of life or death. 

As such, there is a strong collective interest in making sure that health systems function as effectively as possible. 

In recent years, the healthcare landscape has begun to shift toward a value-based care model, placing greater emphasis on holistic approaches to care and improving patient outcomes at a lower cost. In order to accomplish this, healthcare organizations must ensure they are both regularly measuring quality of care as well as maintaining efforts to proactively engage patients and physicians within the healthcare network.

Organizations that provide optimal quality of care see similarly strong rates of patient engagement: The link between these two factors is significant, implying that quality of care does not begin or end with the in-person physician interaction. Instead, providing a high quality of care means maintaining engagement with patients, physicians, and communities throughout the entire care continuum. 

In this post, we explore what quality of care really means within the healthcare context, why it’s so important, and a few ways in which hospitals and health systems can optimize quality of care for improved patient outcomes.

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Evariant

Evariant

Evariant provides a leading healthcare CRM solution suite designed to help health systems transform the healthcare experience for their consumers, patients, and physicians. Built on the Salesforce Platform, our solutions foster richer consumer/patient engagement and tighter physician alignment. Powered by cutting-edge data and analytics, Evariant enables health systems to effectively communicate care options that increase revenue and market share, while optimizing network utilization. Many of the top health systems have selected Evariant to thrive in today’s hyper-competitive and rapidly changing environment.
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What Is the Patient Engagement Journey and Why Is It Important?

nursepatientThink back to the last time you had an outstanding customer experience. Maybe you received the wrong item you’d ordered online, called customer service, and had the correct item delivered to your doorstep the next morning. Maybe your flight got delayed by several hours and you received a voucher for a free flight the next time you booked with that airline.

In today’s customer-centric marketplace, these types of stories are not uncommon. With the majority of companies already competing mainly on the basis of the customer experience, it is no longer optional to provide customers with exceptional service: According to a recent study by Aberdeen Group, companies with the strongest customer engagement and experience strategies retain an average of 89% of their customers, as opposed to 33% for companies with weak strategies (via Internet Retailer).

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Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller, Jr. is Vice President, Customer Success at Evariant. He functions as lead strategist, digital marketing thought leader and C-level executive sponsor for all of Evariant’s enterprise clients, primarily focused on advising health system leadership of opportunistic methods to improve their digital presence and interactive growth potential. Prior to Evariant, Gary served as Vice-President for Harte-Hanks, responsible for healthcare digital strategy and deliverables including multi-channel campaigns, paid digital media, social media, CRM and analytics. Gary has been with Evariant for 8 years and can be heard often on the hospital marketing speaking circuit. Gary has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Bentley University.
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4 Reasons Why Relationship-Building is Essential for Patient Retention

Doctors and care providers across the healthcare continuum understand the impact a good rapport with patients has on their ability to provide superior medical care. A strong patient-provider relationship facilitates cooperation and provides greater opportunities to learn about a patient’s unique health needs. This enables providers to better connect patients with the treatments and resources to improve overall health.

patient relationships retentionAt an organizational level, building and maintaining strong relationships is just as important, now more than ever.

Think of it this way, modern healthcare consumers are experiencing higher premiums, deductibles, and copays. As a result, they’ve taken it upon themselves to ensure the healthcare systems they use provide the greatest value for their money. Consumers are researching competitive pricing, overall care quality, and customer service in order to choose the healthcare organizations that balance price and value.

Given the fact that it costs five times more to attract a new customer than to retain an existing one, it’s becoming increasingly important that organizations focus on patient retention. By building relationships with patients across the healthcare system, organizations can identify opportunities to provide greater value throughout the patient’s healthcare journey, helping create patients for life.

With this in mind, we will explore four reasons why relationship management is an essential part of effective patient retention. More

Rachel Neely

Rachel Neely

VP of Customer Success at Evariant
Rachel Neely is the VP of Customer Success at Evariant. In this role, she serves as a healthcare marketing expert, guiding clients through collaborative workshops, identifying and reconciling points of ROI, overseeing the usability of Evariant products and solutions to ensure they meet client-specific needs, and collaborating with Physician, Engagement, and Marketing Practice Leaders to build new assets, frameworks, and points of view. Rachel holds a BA in Communication from Purdue University with specializations in Advertising and PR.
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How to Optimize Growth with Data-Driven Patient Engagement

effective patient engagementIn order to grow, health systems need to do two things: acquire and retain a greater number of patients. By doing so, healthcare organizations increase the numbers of patients they serve, boosting revenue in both the short- and long-term.

Effective patient engagement supports not only getting patients in the door, but also developing relationships that last a lifetime. Patient engagement is about involving patients in their own care; when done well, it’s been shown to improve health outcomes, lower care costs, and create patient loyalty.

Leveraging healthcare data and analytics is vital to a successful patient engagement strategy; this intelligence informs how marketers engage with individuals and specific groups of patients. The first step to a data-driven strategy is implementing these four key technology platforms:

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Jessica Friedeman

Jessica Friedeman

Jessica Friedeman serves Evariant as Vice President, Product Marketing. Leveraging over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry, Jessica provides product, strategy and industry support so as to deliver solutions that maximize client’s marketing and organizational strategy. Jessica additionally served Evariant as Vice President, Solutions Engineering, lending technical support to the sales process. Prior to Evariant, she served as Director, Solutions Support at Truven Health Analytics (now IBM Watson Health), where she was responsible for ensuring the successful positioning and growth of the Marketing & Planning business lines.

What Healthcare Can Learn from Retail Call Centers

The retail industry has been at the forefront of customer experience and personalization—extending their innovations to a variety of channels, including digital marketing and call center.

As the healthcare landscape continues to move toward a customer-centric approach, what can healthcare learn from the retail space? More specifically, what lessons can retail call centers offer the healthcare sector to help marketers provide better personalization in their engagements with consumers and patients?

In this post, we’ll explore three ways retail call centers provide experiences that healthcare leaders can incorporate to provide the personalization needed to impact consumers in today’s evolving healthcare marketing landscape.

Lesson 1: Create Simple, Efficient Experiences

Within the retail sector, simplicity can lead to better overall customer satisfaction. According to Marketing Week, 62 percent of consumers are willing to pay more for a simple, straightforward experience. Retail call centers understand that simpler experiences translate to higher customer retention, more referral traffic, and better overall brand loyalty. But how do they provide simplicity in a way that can benefit healthcare marketing? The answer lies in connecting the dots on patient/consumer needs, combining them for a simplified solution to suit their healthcare needs. More

Evariant

Evariant

Evariant provides a leading healthcare CRM solution suite designed to help health systems transform the healthcare experience for their consumers, patients, and physicians. Built on the Salesforce Platform, our solutions foster richer consumer/patient engagement and tighter physician alignment. Powered by cutting-edge data and analytics, Evariant enables health systems to effectively communicate care options that increase revenue and market share, while optimizing network utilization. Many of the top health systems have selected Evariant to thrive in today’s hyper-competitive and rapidly changing environment.
Evariant