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What hospitals are learning from other service industries

Written by Jay Lawrence on August 12th, 2011. Posted in Cancer Care, Healthcare strategy, Hospital kiosk, Hospital management, Patient satisfaction, Patient Self-Service

mickeymouse What hospitals are learning from other service industriesDisney recently announced a healthcare service program to help hospitals better prepare for the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS).

Patient satisfaction has become more important than ever, as it is now directly tied to reimbursement.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires hospitals to report patient satisfaction of (HCAHPS) results.

In light of this growing priority, Disney has introduced its new program, that incorporates the five most powerful Disney philosophies – leadership excellence, people management, quality service, brand loyalty and creativity/innovation – to help healthcare organizations exceed the expectations of patients.

Our program helps hospitals and healthcare organizations focus more on the overall patient experience, rather than just clinical outcomes” says Disney Institute consultant Patrick Jordan, a former healthcare executive. “This is incredibly important for building a culture of excellence.

Results to date have been positive.  For example, Fierce Healthcare reports that:

“Florida Hospital for Children has seen patient satisfaction scores increase after their time with Disney Institute. After measuring patient and family satisfaction scores two years in a row, administrators were shocked to find their facility ranked in the bottom ten percent of hospitals nationwide.

FHC began embracing change through Disney Institute seminars, site visits and subsequent training sessions at the hospital. As a result, Press Ganey patient/family satisfaction scores jumped from the bottom 10 percent in the nation to the top 10 percent, employee morale soared, employee retention rates improved and the hospital’s pediatric emergency room is now ranked top in the nation.”

So beyond Disney’s ability to capture the imagination (and wallets) of millions with their theme parks, what other industries should hospitals look to for ideas?

How about the airline industry?  I know, I know, we all have nightmare stories from the airline industry…but hear me out.

The last time that I took a flight, I registered online and added my preferences.  The airline provided some valuable instructions and offered the option to pick my own seat.  Once I arrived at the airport, I checked-in at a kiosk, got my boarding pass, and made my way to security.  From a customer perspective, the experience was convenient because it saved time and gave me more control over my flying experience (I got a window seat!).

From the airline’s perspective, they captured more complete and accurate data from me before I left home.  In addition, as soon as I checked-in from a kiosk it updated their system automatically and I was told exactly where to go next.  By having even a small number of customers using the self-service option it significantly reduces line-ups and streamlines the flow of travelers from the front door of the airport to the correct seats in the plane.

Hospitals using self-service technology are seeing measurable benefits and improved patient and staff satisfaction within months of implementation. Southlake Regional Health Centre, a 365 bed hospital, is already getting a 78% uptake by patients who have a scheduled appointment.  As a result of the high adoption rate from patients, they achieved in the first year:
-$400,000 operational savings;
-30% reduction in registration staff (redistributed 10 FTEs to other functions within the hospital);
-50% reduction in registration data errors.

Kemptville District Hospital, a small 30 bed rural hospital, has been piloting the same model for three months with day surgery, and they are already forecasting a potential $100,000 in savings.

Specialty clinics such as the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre are also looking to self-service options to enhance the patient experience.  In this case, cancer patients enter a record of their symptoms at the same time as they check-in at a kiosk for their scheduled appointment.

In closing, if Disney can help hospitals to skyrocket their satisfaction scores, and the airline model can help streamline the flow of patients, what other lessons are out there that could benefit our hospitals?  We would love your thoughts.

Big Lessons From a Small Hospital

Written by Jay Lawrence on July 11th, 2011. Posted in Hospital kiosk, Hospital management, Hospital process redesign, Patient registrations, Patient satisfaction, Patient Self-Service, PatientWay

KDH ER 300x196 Big Lessons From a Small HospitalRecently Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) hosted executives and patient access managers from nine other Eastern Ontario hospitals, to share their experience and learnings from providing patients with a self-service option for pre-registration and check-ins.

KDH serves an area south of Ottawa that has seen dramatic population growth in recent years. The area is popular with both retirees and commuters from Ottawa and is one of the fastest growing communities in the region. Striving to meet a heavier demand for healthcare services, KDH has enlarged its facilities, including the ER and OR.

Three months ago KDH launched a project with the collaboration of one physician from their OR, to evaluate whether or not online pre-registration and a check-in kiosk could help better streamline patient flow, create administrative efficiencies and improve patient satisfaction (see our blog post from May about the KDH project).  KDH is already forecasting a potential savings of more than $100,000 in the first year alone, and a roll-out to the other nine physicians in the OR is already underway.

In her presentation to the group, Melissa DeDekker (KDH’s Health Records Professional) highlighted several key benefits being realized by her small 30 bed hospital, including:

1. Increased staff satisfaction:
- 10-15 minutes saved per booking when using online pre-registration as oppose to phone calls
- Consents / pre-visit instructions are provided by email which also reduces phone-tagging
- Improved data accuracy

2. Increased patient satisfaction
- Convenience of pre-registering online and self check-in
- Printable list of instructions helps patients be better prepared for surgery

KDH ROI1 300x209 Big Lessons From a Small Hospital3. A forecasted savings of more than $100,000.  The forecast is based on the current 10-15 minutes saved per booking, with a roll-out to other areas of the hospital (outpatient services, diagnostic imaging, etc) and with an 80% adoption rate from patients.

4. A growing adoption by patients.  In the first month, 20% opted for the self-service option.  That figure grew to 29% the next month.

Melissa DeDekker also shared her team’s approach to the project, notably the planning and work that was done before going live with a web registration form and plugging-in a kiosk.  To ensure that the initiative would become a success, they established clear goals and divided the implementation project into manageable phases, that included:

- Forming a project team, with people from the hospital and PatientWay
- Assessing current processes, and mapping a process redesign (the following graphic prepared by KDH clearly illustrates their new, more efficient process)

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- Engage doctor’s offices and volunteers
- Trial mock patients in test environment, follow-up with a survey to gather feedback
- Pilot one surgeon’s OR patients for one month (thank you to Dr. Steven Oliver, from KDH’s orthopaedics clinic)
- Ongoing evaluation and adjustments as needed
- Roll out to other OR’s in phases

The information and insight above was reported by KDH after only three months – which is quite impressive!  We look forward to hearing more from Melissa DeDekker and the KDH team in the months to come.

To see the full KDH presentation, see the slides below.

Kemptville District Hospital goes live with PatientWay technology

Written by Jay Lawrence on May 16th, 2011. Posted in Hospital information systems, Hospital kiosk, Hospital process redesign, Patient registrations, Patient Self-Service

KDH logo 300x133 Kemptville District Hospital goes live with PatientWay technologyKemptville District Hospital (KDH) has launched a pilot project using the PatientWay Suite of self-service technologies, which will contribute to the hospital’s registration efficiencies and improve patient satisfaction with an online pre-registration portal and touchscreen kiosks.

We are thrilled to see the KDH pilot project go live. It’s the type of progressive and innovative hospital that has shown that it can take rapid growth in stride.” Says PatientWay CEO Jay Lawrence, “Working with a hospital the size of KDH helps us to better understand the value proposition for our products in smaller Canadian healthcare facilities.

In the future, when the project moves to the outpatient clinics, a patient who has an appointment will have the option of visiting the KDH website and pre-register from the comfort of their own home up to 48 hours before an appointment. The kiosk will let patients bypass the registration desk upon arrival and check-in by swiping their health card at the touch-screen.

Dr. Steven Oliver, from the KDH’s orthopaedics clinic, was impressed with the smooth transition at his clinic, which was the first at KDH to use the new system. “It has not increased the workload on my office staff, and we have not received one complaint from patients.  It was a very smooth transition moving towards pre-registration”.

KDH 300x199 Kemptville District Hospital goes live with PatientWay technology

KDH COO, Joe Buckle, tries new PatientWay kiosk

KDH serves an area south of Ottawa that has seen dramatic population growth in recent years. The area is popular with both retirees and commuters from Ottawa and is one of the fastest growing communities in the region. Striving to meet a heavier demand for healthcare services, KHD has enlarged its facilities, including the ER and OR. The PatientWay Suite fits in perfectly with the hospital’s expansion and modernization.

KDH CEO, Colin Goodfellow says “In keeping with our commitment to provide patient focused care to our community, we will be offering our patients choice through an innovative self service option. Most people are already used to online banking, booking their vacations online, and checking-in for their flight at a kiosk in the airport. Now those same conveniences will be available to our patients when they come to the hospital.

KDH joins several other health organizations using PatientWay technology, including Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Southlake Regional Health Centre and the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre in Newmarket.


About Kemptville District Hospital:

Kemptville District Hospital is a fully accredited healthcare facility committed to building healthy communities. We offer a range of services based on advanced expertise, technologies and patient care practices. Our emergency department is open around the clock and provides prompt medical attention. Our use of new medical applications such as Tele-health and remote diagnostic imaging has made us a service leader in Eastern Ontario. Further, our surgical program provides timely access to high demand specialists, while our staff’s dedication to patients has earned us a reputation for excellence in caring. Kemptville District Hospital consistently ranks among the top hospitals in Ontario for patient satisfaction.

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