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How to Understand Patients as People to Improve the Entire Patient Journey

Posted by Brent Walker on Thu, Sep 14, 2017

In 1998, Patch Adams debuted in theaters across the country. Based on a true story, the movie featured Robin Williams in the role of unorthodox physician and founder of the Gesundheit! Institute, Hunter “Patch” Adams. Almost 20 years later, a speech near the end of the movie still resonates, albeit for a different reason, when Adams says: “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”

In the face of growing healthcare consumerism, it’s not just the clinical experiences that count. Every interaction in a consumer’s healthcare journey—from the first “doctors near me” Google search and call for an appointment to post-visit follow-up and bill payment—need to meet (or surpass) expectations. The question is: How can you understand what each patient expects? 


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Tags: Healthcare Consumerism, Psychographic Segmentation, Nonclinical Patient Experience, Healthcare Journey

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