Strengthening communication between caregivers and patients should be a top priority for reducing healthcare costs and improving patient experience, according to a new poll of U.S. healthcare quality improvement professionals conducted by ASQ, a global network of resources and experts.
Payment and regulatory systems and fragmented care were cited as top hurdles in achieving patient-centered care, researchers noted. Fragmented communication between care sites was also cited as a top barrier to efficient transitions of care for respondents to the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s fourth comprehensive Care Transition Management survey, conducted in February 2015. Technology offered a leg up by way of telehealth and remote monitoring, respondents said; 75 percent of respondents said they transmitted patient discharge or transition information via electronic medical records (EMRs).
ASQ survey participants ranked the following factors as key to improving patient experience as well as reducing costs and increasing profitability for healthcare organizations:
- Strong leaders who prioritize a patient-centered philosophy among staff and promote an organized system where patients know what to expect and when (67 percent);
- Viewing patient experience and service delivery as equal priority to financial and clinical performance measures (60 percent); and
- Ease of access to treatment across the entire continuum of care (via accountable care organizations, etc.) (52 percent).
ASQ researchers cited recent studies that found that physicians spent less than 10 minutes with patients during an office visit.
Source: ASQ, April 16, 2015
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