How can technology change the way healthcare organizations interact with their patients?
Technology is revolutionizing patient-clinician communication.️ Many healthcare organizations have taken the steps to leverage Healthcare Technology to Improve Patient Interactions. For example, take access to clinicians. Healthcare technology can cut out middlemen, such as phone trees or voicemails on mailboxes. Secure messaging and patient portals are opening up direct lines of conversation.
It’s true that sometimes messages still have to be triaged due to clinician workload. However, when done right and the clinician responds directly, it removes abstraction in healthcare communication. ️️️The result? Improved trust and therapeutic alliance between doctors and patients! ️
In short, technology is streamlining communication by removing barriers in our healthcare system.
Using Healthcare Technology to Improve Patient Interactions
The question ‘How can Healthcare Technology Improve Patient Interactions?’ has been a recurring topic on our podcast and in my book. I have spent considerable time pondering this issue, and am excited to share some insights into how technology is influencing patient-clinician communication dynamics.
Streamlining Patient-Clinician Communication
The first point of note is the impact of technology on enhancing open communication between clinicians and their patients. Traditionally, there were several layers or middlemen involved in facilitating this interaction – phone calls, voicemails left for nurses or other medical personnel before reaching the clinician. However, modern technological tools like secure messaging systems, patient portals or secure text messages are changing this narrative.
In an ideal setup where these technologies are used effectively without overwhelming the healthcare providers with numerous requests from patients; they remove inefficiencies that previously existed in health care interactions.
Surely there will be situations when a nurse or a medical assistant might need to triage messages due to high volume but ultimately if managed well with direct responses from clinicians themselves; it helps eliminate unnecessary steps often present in traditional methods.
Enhancing Trust Through Direct Communication
A common scenario could be you calling your doctor’s office only to talk to a nurse who then consults your doctor about your concerns. The response comes back hours later through the same channel: Nurse-Doctor-Nurse-Patient.
With new tech-infused solutions however, imagine directly sending secured message to your doctor who responds whenever he/she finds time during his day? This creates an atmosphere where you feel heard directly by your care provider resulting not just greater trust but also strengthening therapeutic alliances over time due its personal touch.
The Future of Healthcare Communication Is Here
All these developments indubitably indicate how technology is reshaping interactions within healthcare organizations and their patients by streamlining communications & breaking down barriers which sometimes exist out of necessity given how our healthcare system operates today.
This shift towards more efficient communication models provides opportunities for further innovations that we may not even think possible currently! As we continue exploring ways technology can influence health sector positively let’s remain hopeful about potential advancements set revolutionize patient-caregiver dynamic forever!
How have you implemented healthcare technology to improve patient engagement, interactions, and experience?
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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show and the author of Better Outcomes: A Guide to Humanizing Healthcare. His career trajectory includes 12+ years of experience in healthcare management, clinical operations, programmatic development, marketing & business development. He even spent some time as an Assistant Professor in a Graduate Program of Occupational Therapy and has served on numerous boards and regulatory committees. He has worked on projects ranging from patient engagement initiatives to marketing communication campaigns to a multi million dollar project assisting the State of Georgia's Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities transition individuals out of state institutions to community residences. His work on Telehealth has been discussed in Forbes.
Today, Rafi helps innovative healthcare companies like technology startups, platforms, SaaS companies & innovative healthcare organizations develop effective positioning strategy and business development plans through his consulting work. He also leverages his experience as a professor and academic to speak and train on the topics around humanizing the healthcare experience & healthcare innovation. In addition, Rafi also owns and operates ProActive Rehabilitation & Wellness, a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic treating patients with musculoskeletal pain.
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