Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Digital Improves Patient/Doctor Relations

Digital impacts on consumer insights have grown more vital in improving customer inclusion. Disruptive innovations are becoming paramount to improving consumer experience. These innovations span a wide variety of fields and a recent system has been introduced to the healthcare industry that has revolutionized patient involvement, physician time management and the health of patients.

Collabobeat, the brainchild of Italian entrepreneur Floriano Bonfigli, is a system designed to share doctor’s notes with their patients. The patient then can use the system to see what the doctor recommended when home in case they had either forgotten or weren’t clear on what was instructed. In the US alone, billions of dollars are wasted due to patients not following their doctors instructions. Thousands of patients become ill or potentially worse as a result.

The system has been trialed at 3 American hospitals involving 100 physicians and 10,000 patients. The results in general showed a huge success for the system. It was found that there was a 70 percent increase in patient medical adherence which leads to improved results in patient recovery. The results also showed that 92 percent of the doctors spent less time addressing patient’s questions outside of consultations. This platform for increased connection with the patient helps to give them a sense of involvement and empowerment. It stops information from the physician getting lost in translation as the ability to comment on and reread doctors notes means less of a chance for the patient to get instructions wrong, thus not putting themselves in harm’s way.

The system will be integrated into other software that is already utilized in the healthcare industry. The merging in of the system allows patients in time information at their fingertips that allows for a better relationship between patient and doctor. A strong relationship between industry and consumer is important in making the service feel more personal to the consumer.

Innovations like these show the greater need for consumer interaction that will improve experiences across industries. Better physician and patient relationships can translate into other fields such as retail whereby increasing the amount of information that is available for the consumer helps with their decision making and thus giving them a better retail experience.

Information is key to improved customer insights and digital impacts are increasingly improving the way in which industries and consumers interact. Personalization is key to making the customer feel more involved and having as much knowledge as possible about what they need. In a world that is becoming increasingly mobile and interconnected, digital innovations are becoming more important for the future of consumer insights.


About the Author: Harry Kempe, a marketing intern at IIR USA, who works on various aspects of the industry including social media, marketing analysis and media. He is a recent graduate of Newcastle University who previously worked for EMAP Ltd. and WGSN as a marketing assistant on events such as the World Architecture Festival, World Retail Congress and Global Fashion Awards. He can be reached at hkempe@IIRUSA.com.

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