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Western Sydney Patient Experience Program wins 2 Awards!

Every year, Western Sydney LHD hosts the Quality Awards to recognise people and projects within their hospitals, wards, and units that make a difference to patient care and health outcomes. There were 79 submissions this year and ‘Patient Feedback – online, real-time, anytime’ were winners twice over at this prestigious event! WSLHD’s My Experience Matters won their category – the Bob Leece Award and then went on to scoop one of the top awards of the night – the Chair of the Board’s Award! We are thrilled and commend their

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The 6 Types of Patients You Will Encounter (& How to Activate Them)

  Clinicians are often challenged with ensuring patients adhere to health advice around their treatment, medication, nutrition, exercise, and other activities. Adherence to long-term therapies by patients with chronic illness averages at 50%1. Adherence to advice on lifestyle changes can be even lower at 20-30%2. Verbal or written instructions and follow-ups are not achieving sufficient health outcomes. Communication strategies that allow a clinician to truly engage with the patient can trigger the patient into ‘activation’ i.e. self-motivated adherence, and greater involvement in their care. I recently attended a riveting talk,

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How is Money Wasted in Health Measurement?

Everyone knows measuring healthcare performance is important, but sometimes time and money are wasted because of how measurement is being conducted, particularly if its done as a tick-box exercise without sufficient meaningful insights to drive improvement. Here are some key 2015-2016 statistics about Primary Health Networks from the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare Report on ‘Patient Experiences in Australia’. At least 4 out of 5 Australians in all Primary Health Network areas rated their health positively, yet the percentage of Australians reporting a long-term health condition ranged from 43%

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Patient Experience Training Goes International!

I recently had some exciting days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – delivering a highly interactive 2-day workshop to patient experience leaders representing a range of roles and organizations. We had hospital executives, senior management, doctors, nurses, finance managers and board members, marketing and customer service staff from key private hospitals across the Malayan Peninsula and as far as Sabah and Sarawak. We showed participants how to use Energesse’s 6E Framework – to measure, improve and evolve patient experience in hospitals and healthcare providers. Of particular interest to participants was how to

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The Return on Investment on Empathy in Measuring Patient Experience

Empathy in healthcare is both a traditional concept as it is a new-age buzzword. That’s because it has never lost its importance as a legitimate element of a patient’s healing process. Simply defined, empathy is the capacity to walk in the shoes of another. Essentially, the ability to understand, appreciate and relate to someone else’s emotions. There is more chatter in the industry now about defining, teaching, learning and measuring empathy in healthcare than there has ever been. Making emotions a visible part of your (formal or informal) measurement validates

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The 3 Key Steps to Cultural Transformation – You’ll want to know this!

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Denver, USA, attending the Beryl Institute Patient Experience Conference 2017. I had the opportunity to interview Dr Jeremy Blanchard, who is the Chief Medical Officer at the Language of Caring on the pre-aspects to cultural change and creating mastery in patient experience. Watch the video below to find out more! Contact me for tips on how to engage your physicians in improving patient experience! If you’re ready, call me directly. If you’re not, you can help advance the patient experience movement (and your own knowledge) by clicking on our survey!    

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An Interview with Gerard Ratnam on Patient Experience

Nothing spoke to my passion more than the events that took place in the last couple of weeks. I was invited to speak at the Malaysian Cancer Care Conference in KL and was then interviewed on prime time TV about patient experience. The experiences of cancer survivors who attended the conference helped spread the word about consumer empowerment. I emphasised this key message in my engagement with both the conference and media audience – asking patients to push to get the support they need and to the health provider and clinician

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6 Ways to Unbungle THAT Cancer Bungle

    You would have seen the recent headlines about ‘Patients left in the dark after Federal Government secretly bungled new national cancer screening programs’, namely, a delay of 6 months of the rollout of new cervical and bowel screening programs, potentially risking thousands of lives. Let’s leave out the sensationalism and look at this case study from the lens of the 6E patient experience framework:     Experience:  There are no safeguards in the interim to counter the delay. Research conducted on 212 cancer patients in Canada has shown

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Can Virtual Reality Tech Change the Patient Experience?

Virtual reality technology brings new meaning to the phrase ‘walking in one’s shoes’. If clinicians and non-clinicians could truly experience what it is like for patients with conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s, think about how much more empathy would ensue in a hospital and the transformations that would result. Watch this video of my chat with Liam from Opaque Interactive.                          The Energesse Experience Survey                       Thank you to those who filled

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