3 Truths to Improving the Patient Experience

Once again, the patient experience is the topic at hand as William Maples, MD, a onetime practicing oncologist and current chief medical officer of Professional Research Consultants Inc., a privately held healthcare market research firm, joins us for the second installment of this podcast.

In part one , Maples talked about why he thinks the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) and Clinician & Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CG-CAHPS) surveys are not an accurate representation of the patient experience.

Here, he doled out advice to practices on what they can do to improve the patient experience at their practice. First, Maples talked about a common misconception when it comes to improving patient happiness. "Is [patient experience] like a hotel experience, those extra amenities, with chocolates on the pillows and those things? That's really not what patient experience is about," he says.

Maples shared his top three pieces of advice to improve the patient experience. First, he says practices should know it doesn't take a lot of resources to improve the patient experience. "That's a myth. It doesn't take an incredible investment in technology to get this right," he said.

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