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Healthcare market in North America changing dramatically


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2014-04-04 06:00:03 - Just What the Doctor Ordered - a new market research report on companiesandmarkets.com

The healthcare market in North America is changing dramatically, fueled by the state of the economy and healthcare reform. At the core of this reform is the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which is creating a fundamental shift in the way that healthcar providers offer care and relate to patients. The ACA is based on the idea that the US pays more than any other nation for healthcare, yet doesn´t get better results than other industrialized nations. It seeks to change the incentive structure for doctors, hospitals, and insurance carriers from a fee-for services system to one based on wellness. At the core of this philosophical shift is a sea-change in the relationship between patients and healthcare providers, in the

 

 

way that patients think about receiving care. This paradigm shift will involve fundamental changes in the interplay between people, processes, and technology within healthcare organizations. In effect, organizational strategies must take into account how employee engagement and technology can work together to improve patient relationships and outcomes while lowering costs.As with any industry, today´s healthcare organizations - from insurance carriers to and a wide breadth of service providers including small doctor´s offices and large hospitals and medical centers with multiple networked branches - own a mix of legacy and new infrastructure and applications that are often siloed and not integrated. Within this busy panorama, There are pockets of innovation, organizational change, and cases where new and legacy technologies are combined in support of personalization, communication, decentralization, and collaboration in patient care. Such developments must keep pace with an array of customer care trends, from the "voice of the customer," to "voice of the employee" and multi-channel and omni-channel customer engagement and proactive customer contact (PCC).Healthcare providers serve all segments of the population, a breadth of patient types. Patients vary in age, level of education, income level, language skills, and access to and willingness to use technology. Clearly, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach to customers, healthcare providers should deploy technology in a way that personalizes service. For instance, IVR applications can be designed to address patients in their preferred language or present menu options pertinent to what the patient is calling about, as analytics help gain a unified picture of the patient. Proactive customer contact (PCC), whether it be through email, voice, or text, can engage patients and pre-empt their need to call into a provider (PCC applications include prescription refill, wellness checks, medication reminders, pre-surgical care procedures, and wellness reminders for annual flu shot or diagnostic tests).Healthcare organizations are becoming more patient-centric. Providers are focusing on enabling easier access to information through mobile apps, patient portals, email, and inroom devices. In addition, specialized service is now available at the point-of-need. For instance, if a patient comes into a hospital and needs a translator, an outbound call can be routed to a translator fluent in the patient´s primary language. This can significantly improvehe outcome of the patient visit, cutting down on patient wait time and frustration, andphysician errors.

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