Employees are traveling across the nation to attend meetings and conferences. Businesses are adopting tele-working policies and corporations are allowing teams to meet and brainstorm off-site. However, what happens when one of your remote employees dials 911 from their soft client? Does your organization know where they are? Can you connect them to the help they need in a timely manner? Though the ability for users to work remotely can provide organizations with greater flexibility, connecting these workers to E911 can represent a challenge to an enterprise.
Utility customers not only crave solutions for more reliable communication, but desperately need them. So when Hurricane Matthew tracked across Florida, a major utility partnered with West to provide the instant peace-of-mind their customers sought. Determined to keep customers in-the-know throughout Matthew’s entire lifecycle, they employed a number of communication strategies to ensure every customer’s voice was heard. When all was said and done, they successfully automated around 34,000 inbound calls, placed 2.3 million proactive outbound calls and saved $1 million along the way.
You’re gearing up for Super Bowl 51 this weekend, right? Imagine if you were settling in with your Best Buds (“King of Beers,” pun definitely intended) and discovered that it was aired via Pay-Per-View (PPV)…
Okay, don’t fret—this isn’t the case—but there are plenty of big TV events that are PPV-only throughout the year.
One leading cable/satellite company seized the opportunity for PPV viewership using proactive communications to promote an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event that would likely pique the interest of many subscribers.
This client’s goal was to increase self-service to improve the customer experience – and capitalize on automation to increase revenue. West’s expert data analysts helped them achieve both by drawing parallels between customers’ behaviors and their likelihood to purchase UFC PPV fights. Informed by that data, subscribers received proactive notifications two days prior to the event that gave them the option to purchase the fight right then and there.
Predicting which customers would most likely purchase the next fight, and prescribing how to deliver an individualized, attention-grabbing message to them at the perfect time resulted in a 40 percent increase in revenue compared to previous efforts.
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Not long ago, grocery shopping happened solely in-store and banking was done with the help of a human teller. But in the blink of an eye, the internet, social media and mobile devices changed the relationship between company and customer as we knew it. Now, the quality of every interaction with a brand plays into a larger customer experience lifecycle that evolves with every conversation, across multiple channels.
– 89 percent of customers have switched brand loyalties due to poor CX. 69 percent will pay more for products and services from brands with a good CX reputation.
West surveyed more than 500 U.S. consumers to understand how they define high quality CX, gauge how communication preferences shift across self-service and proactive interactions, and identify which industries are leading and lagging in CX delivery. Download this whitepaper to explore customer expectations for your CX and learn: Read More >
By Mike Synder
In healthcare, we love to highlight the latest innovations and medical breakthroughs—and while that first-of-its kind surgery is important, it’s also important to focus on the basics—which often prove to be not so basic.
One “basic” lesson for healthcare providers is that prescribing life-saving medications isn’t enough. Medications don’t work if patients don’t take them. In fact, studies have shown that 3 out of 4 patients do not take their medications as prescribed.
Now, this isn’t necessarily an ‘aha moment,’ but it’s an issue that has come to the forefront with the release of a recent Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the report, 70 percent of U.S. adults ages 65 and older have high blood pressure (which is defined as 140/90mmHg or higher), but nearly half do not have their blood pressure under control. What’s even more troubling is that at least 25% of those adults with Medicare Part D prescription drug insurance are not taking their blood pressure medicine as directed.
Whether that means skipping doses or forgoing the medicine altogether, it’s problematic. Not taking blood pressure medication contributes to higher risks of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and death. Further, the CDC report highlights that some populations are more at risk than others, with the percentage of Medicare Part D enrollees not taking their blood pressure medicine being higher among certain racial/ethnic groups, like American Indians, Alaska Natives, Blacks and Hispanics, and in geographic areas like the Southern U.S. states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
At first glance, it’s easy to be baffled by those statistics. Why is it so difficult for patients to take their medications, especially when the consequences are potentially deadly? As the report explains, there are many reasons why patients don’t take their medications. Some fail to fill the prescription at all or forget to refill it on time. Others stop taking the pills because they don’t have noticeable symptoms or because they experience unwanted side effects. In some cases, medications are just too expensive for patients.
Regardless of the why, providers have a responsibility to empower patients, not only within the walls of the exam room, and at the pharmacy, but also at home, on-the go, and everywhere in between. After all, healthcare today spans across the continuum of care. It requires providers to connect with patients in new ways that are meaningful and relevant. It demands that providers adapt their communications to meet patients’ needs, rather than expect patients to adapt to their needs or preferences.
At the core of the important work that needs to be done is communication, which might be classified as basic, but is a shortcoming for many healthcare providers. This communication gap is arguably one of the biggest cracks in our healthcare ecosystem. At West, we know that engaged patients are healthier patients and that’s the foundation of everything we do. We believe that combining technology-enabled communications with clinical resources to help engage patients beyond the clinical setting, across the continuum of care, is critical to improving the patient experience, outcomes, and costs.
In order to be impactful, communication to increase medication adherence must be patient-centric, proactive, and consistent. We’ve learned that once communication becomes reactive, it’s usually too late to be effective. That’s why we offer providers the ability to send smart, automated communications like text messages, voice calls, and voice messages, based on language preference (multiple language on voice, and Spanish for text). With our approach, providers can personalize interventions, delivering the right communication, at the right time in the patient’s channel of choice. Our technology also helps providers to best allocate their clinical and administrative resources by assessing which patients are engaging with the communication as expected and which patients require an escalated intervention.
We’ve seen the results of these communication strategies firsthand at health systems across the country. By keeping our focus on patients, and leveraging technology, we can all make an impact and help to improve blood pressure control nationwide. And while that may seem ‘basic,’ the outcomes can be quite profound.
By Mike Snyder
There has been a lot of recent chatter about the “consumerization of healthcare.” While the patient becoming the customer may seem like a small shift in terminology, it’s not.
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By Robert J. Dudzinski, Pharm.D., Executive Vice President, West Corporation
So-called “superutilizers” are one of the biggest healthcare crises. These patients, who typically have multiple co-morbid conditions, siphon off a disproportionate share of healthcare dollars and typically have a poor quality of life, due to frequent hospital stays or other interactions with the healthcare system.
A recent study from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found that just 5 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries account for almost 50 percent of program spending. The most expensive 25 percent accounted for more than 75 percent of the expenditures. Meanwhile, the least expensive 50 percent accounted for less than 8 percent of the Medicaid dollars spent and about 12 percent of enrollees had no expenditures at all.
Pharmacists, who are often the only healthcare provider with a 360-degree view of a patient, have an important role to play in identifying these superutilizers, helping to uncover the causes of avoidable healthcare overutilization, and developing strategies to appropriately intervene with the goal of improving outcomes and lowering costs.
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By Robert Dudzinski
While pharmacists spend years training to be experts on drug formulation, dosing and how to prevent adverse interactions between medications, it’s probably not their favorite part of the job. Many instead relish the one-on-one interactions with longtime customers throughout different seasons of their lives.
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By Pam Mortenson, Health Advocate Solutions
“How are you?” is perhaps the most common greeting in American culture, whether it’s in the workplace or in a social setting. But how often do people respond with, “Great! My body mass index is 23, and my total cholesterol is 165”?
Almost never, because when the typical American assesses how he or she is, physical health is just one component of wellness. It’s hard to respond with “Great, and you?” if someone’s child is having trouble in school or if they are wrestling with choosing a long-term care facility for a parent. The same is true if someone is struggling to pay bills or save for retirement, or if stress in the workplace has become unmanageable.
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Wellness Moves from Bottom Lines to Positive Outcomes
By Pam Mortenson, Health Advocate Solutions
Healthcare costs have skyrocketed over the past two decades. Employers and workers bear the brunt of this trend. Between 2005 and 2015, employer contributions to health insurance premiums increased by 61%, according to the Kaiser “Employer Health Benefits Survey.”
Naturally, employers are seeking strategies to counter rising health-care costs. One important strategy to consider is to focus on medication adherence. Why? According to the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, medication non-adherence is a leading driver of high health-care costs, adding up to $290 billion annually. It’s the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality, responsible for 30% to 50% of treatment failures and 125,000 deaths annually, says the American College of Preventive Medicine. As the industry scrambles to improve quality and lower costs, non-adherence to medication is a topic that health-care providers, payers and self-insured employers should address.
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