Back in September, I had the opportunity to attend HIMSS APJC in Singapore and was really excited to learn more about the key trends in that part of the world, which houses some of the largest economies, populations, and economic growth. After talking with several customers and listening to several panel discussions, one common theme kept recurring – patient experience. It was my belief that patient experience was more of a USA hot-button as healthcare organizations in the USA are being forced by patient “consumerism”, whereby patients want their money’s worth and have a certain level of expectation. I was surprised to learn that patient experience is more of a global trend and that got me thinking as to what exactly is patient experience and how healthcare organizations are addressing it.
After talking with customers on a world-wide basis, I have learned that customers really do not have a standard definition for “patient experience”. In fact each one of them has a different interpretation and there are widely divergent views in the healthcare industry. The 2009 HealthLeaders Media Patient Experience Leadership Survey — covering more than 200 healthcare CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CNOs, directors, senior vice presidents, and other C-suite high-ranking healthcare officials — found that 33.5% of respondents said the patient experience is their “top priority,” and 54.5% said it’s “among their top five priorities.” And most responders thought it would be a priority in the future as well: 45% said it would be their top priority five years from now, and 50.5% said it would be in their top five priorities. Read More »