Knowing Patients Improves Their Care

By | August 17, 2017

How well do you know your patients?

Healthcare professionals fight an uphill battle when they try to tackle customer relationships on their own. Why? It’s incredibly difficult to get to know patients in today’s very impersonal, computerized world. Patients are far too often shuffled through the assembly line of a doctor’s office and then sent on their way, with little personalized care along the way that gives them the comfort that a good healthcare provider should provide patients.

Hospitals and doctor’s offices alike have realized the consequences of this type of healthcare. Researchers have studied this phenomenon, documenting how people are often made to feel like mere patients.
The Solutions

Quality of care suffers when patients are shuffled through the system and sent home on their way. At times, patients may not even feel like they’ve received enough time to speak to a doctor about their healthcare concerns. Hospitals and doctor’s offices have tried to come up with various solutions for this dilemma. Reducing the number of patients can cripple a healthcare institution, so in recent years the solution has been something automated and effective, as in the case of this website: https://www.salesforce.com/solutions/industries/healthcare/overview/.

For many providers and healthcare institutions, this has been the answer for them. A CRM solution to the “people are not patients” problem has been an extremely effective one in recent years. Why? Because software is powerful and the makers of this particular software KNOW that the key to high quality healthcare is to know the patient as much as possible, even if the office is overflowing with hundreds or thousands of patients in a given day.

How CRM Software Saves the Day

CRM solutions in the healthcare industry have proven to be one of the most helpful overall. The acronym stands for “Customer Relationship Management,” and that’s exactly what the software is all about: managing customer relationships so that the customer feels more known, more human, and more cared for. Patient satisfaction with care has not been up to par in recent years, but CRM systems are changing all that by letting providers and institutions know their patients better through software.

The goal of this software is to create 1-to-1 journeys through the healthcare system that will help patients understand their care better, feel more appreciated and understood by the people that care for them, and develop an overall better experience when they must seek healthcare through a provider or institution. So far, the results have been positive and patients are once again feeling more human in a healthcare setting. These programs play to the strengths of a digital healthcare system, one that uses the gathered information to improve the customer experience instead of dehumanizing it.

As healthcare continues to change in the age of apps and social media, programs like Salesforce continue to light the way along the path. Patients have responded positively and continue to adjust to healthcare providers and hospitals that rely heavily on computers for their success.

 

Author’s Bio

​Judy lees is a super-connector with AYC Web Solutions who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach services plans depending on the industry and competition.