What is a Patient Engagement Platform?

May 21, 2024 | By The InteliChart Team

A patient engagement platform is a software solution designed to empower patients to actively participate in their healthcare journey and enhance communication between patients and healthcare providers. These platforms often offer a wide range of functionality to provide everything ranging from appointment scheduling, health information access, communication with providers, educational resources, and self-management toolsThe best patient engagement platforms will offer solutions for the various touch points throughout the patient journey

At its core, a patient engagement platform strengthens the relationship between patients and healthcare providers, through shared decision-making and proactive healthcare management. When patients have easy access to their medical records, lab results, and treatment plans, they take ownership of their health and make informed decisions about their care. 

Overall, a patient engagement platform plays a crucial role in promoting patient-centered care by enhancing communication, fostering collaboration, and empowering patients to become active participants in their healthcare journey. By leveraging technology to facilitate meaningful interactions and provide valuable resources, these platforms can increase patient satisfaction, optimize care delivery, and most importantly lead to better health outcomes. 

Why Patient Engagement Requires a Full Platform

Providers need a full platform to help bring their engagement initiatives to life. Implementing a patient portal is a great first step in increasing patient engagement, but it’s not the only tool that should be considered. 

Here’s Why:  

  • 90% of providers offer a patient portal solution, yet only 30 percent of patients actively use these tools. 
  • Patient portals are not created equally in terms of quality and features—and providers need access to the right tools to drive engagement and satisfaction. 
  • Patient engagement is a continual process that extends well beyond the in-office experience. That’s where digital tools come in. 

The way providers interact with their patients needs to be as dynamic as their unique needs and preferences. The modern healthcare consumer expects convenient, self-service options for scheduling and beyond. 

Plus, not all consumers prefer to communicate in the same way. For example, some people prefer to communicate via text messages, while others prefer phone calls, email, apps, and so on. 

A Tool for Each Stage of the Patient Journey 

With a full suite of patient engagement solutions, providers can engage patients on each stage of the journey, from convenient scheduling beforehand to post-appointment surveys—and everything in between. 

Pre-Appointment Patient Engagement  

Scheduling Appointments 

Healthcare consumers today are concerned with ease of scheduling appointments, with many preferring online booking options over phone calls. Online scheduling tools offer patients a convenient way to book and change appointments where they’re most active, without the need to set up an account, download an app, or log in to their portal. 

68% OF PATIENTS ARE MORE LIKELY TO CHOOSE A PROVIDER THAT GIVES PATIENTS THE OPTION TO BOOK, CHANGE, OR CANCEL APPOINTMENTS ONLINE

Patient Registration 

Consumers prefer the ability to digitally pre-register for appointments on their own time. This option is fast and easy, allowing patients to be in and out of the office much faster than if they’d filled out paper forms. Digitizing intake forms reduces manual data entry for practice staff, streamlining workflows and minimizing the number of human errors. Plus, digital forms offer patients and providers safer, more appropriate workflows amidst crowded waiting rooms and airborne illnesses. 

41% OF INDIVIDUALS HAVE FILLED OUT HEALTH-RELATED FORMS OR PAPERWORK ONLINE

Automated Reminders 

Text and email appointment reminders are becoming the norm in healthcare today. Automated messaging allows providers to communicate with patients in a way that’s convenient for them. 

70% OF PATIENTS ARE MORE LIKELY TO CHOOSE A PROVIDER THAT OFFERS REMINDERS FOR FOLLOW-UP CARE VIA TEXT OR EMAIL

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During Appointment Patient Engagement 

Flexible Appointment Options 

An increasing number of people are looking for providers that offer flexible appointment options beyond in-office visits. Virtual care options like telehealth and on-demand services have grown significantly, offering patients a seamless experience from the comfort of their own home. 

Digital Patient Intake 

Many patients prefer to use digital tools to check in to their appointment in advance. Digital check-in offers a convenient way to speed up the intake process and spend less time in the waiting room. Patients can conveniently check-in on their way to the appointment, or in the parking lot.  Especially since coming out of the pandemic, patients want contactless check-in options that help avoid touching pens, clipboards, and other surfaces that can carry viruses. 

THE AVERAGE PATIENT WAIT TIME IN THE U.S. IS AROUND 18 MINUTES & 30% OF PATIENTS HAVE LEFT A PHYSICIAN’S OFFICE BEFORE BEING SEEN BECAUSE OF A LONG WAIT TIME. 

Post-Appointment Patient Engagement 

Patient Satisfaction Surveys 

Automated surveys provide patients with an opportunity to share their experience—and offer providers insight into how patients are feeling between visits. 

86% OF TOP-PERFORMING HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS SEND PATIENT SATISFACTION SURVEYS AFTER EVERY VISIT

Population Health Initiatives 

The right engagement tools deliver patients meaningful engagement between office visits. Not only does this influence necessary actions that lead to better health, but it also assists providers with value-based care initiatives. 

70% OF HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS DO NOT HAVE A TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION THAT ALLOWS FOR AUTOMATED PATIENT INTERVENTIONS ACROSS PATIENT POPULATIONS.

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Benefits of Using a Full Suite of Patient Engagement Tools

Providers benefit in many ways from using an all-in-one platform to facilitate patient engagement and streamline workflows. 

Patient engagement tools: 

  • Keep providers connected to their patients outside of the office. 
  • Increase patient engagement, satisfaction, and retention.  
  • Simplify practice workflows to save time and decrease costs.  
  • Lead to fewer integrations for providers to worry about and manage.  
  • Deliver better patient management that results in healthier outcomes. 
  • Have robust reporting capabilities with customizable dashboards.

Tips for Successful Adoption of a Patient Engagement Platform

Follow these tips and tricks to drive successful adoption of a comprehensive patient engagement platform: 

Speak to team members to learn where your current solution is lacking. Get buy-in from your team to ensure everyone is on the same page. Communicate changes to patients to get them on board. Educate all applicable parties on why a platform makes sense, the benefits that come with it, and what to expect from using it. Make sure you partner with the right patient engagement provider. 

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Why Patient Engagement Requires a Full Platform