Are Online Communities Key To A Better Patient Experience?
The growing use of cloud technologies, social media channels and mobile devices is transforming interactions between organizations and their customers. Even though the healthcare sector has been slower than other industries to embrace these social media technologies, experts predict that 2014 will be a year of significant progress in how healthcare organizations interact with both patients and one another to deliver care and manage health.
The Institute for Healthcare Informatics (IMS) recently suggested that "the role of social media in healthcare and impact on patient engagement is moving to center-stage." As previously reported, Price Waterhouse Cooper's Health Research Institute expects that engaging digitally with patients will be key to addressing healthcare consumer expectations.
Patients as well as caregivers are using social media and other online resources in increasing numbers to not only access health information, but also as a diagnostic and decision-support tool. There is also growing recognition among healthcare organizations that social media channels can bring stakeholders closer together, engage them in deeper, more meaningful, and stronger relationships, while ensuring better outcomes.
Online communities are especially well-suited to address the demands of the empowered healthcare consumer for a more personal and engaging customer experience. The highly interactive, multi-directional nature of community platforms, through which individuals are able to share, co-create, discuss and modify user-generated content, provides a ready and potentially impactful forum for access to healthcare information and patient support.
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Source: IMS Health with IntellQ Health Annotations