John M. McKeever Executive Vice President
John McKeever works with clients to develop market insight to deliver exceptional customer experiences, revitalize their brands, or enter new markets. He has worked with...
Across industries, the world around us has made significant advances to the ways in which they interact with consumers. Yet, the role of consumerism in healthcare has been undervalued as the industry has been slower to adapt to the changing demands of consumers.
Today’s patients are no longer just comparing their experiences within healthcare, but also outside of it – such as to exceptional experiences provided by organizations like Amazon, Apple, or Starbucks. And today’s patients have access to an unprecedented amount of information that allows them to be more engaged and empowered in their healthcare experiences.
Comparatively, healthcare is more complex and there is more on the line – yet there is much we can learn from other industries. Consider commonalities such as employee empowerment to solve a customer’s problem, consistency of the experience across multiple locations, and easy comparisons of products, services and costs for savvy decision-making.
Through our extensive healthcare research across the country, we have seen several themes emerge that healthcare leaders should know about – they highlight how the role of consumerism in healthcare is making an impact with every interaction, in every phase of the journey.
Despite these evolving trends that underscore the role of consumerism in healthcare today, some things will never change – such as the importance of having a personal connection with a healthcare provider. Healthcare will never be the same as finding the best deal on a new laptop or getting your favorite coffee made the exact same way at locations across the country. However, hospitals today must build loyalty through knowing what today’s consumers want and enabling patients get the most value from their healthcare experiences.
Each segment and market are unique. Do you know what is most important to your customers, and how well you are performing? Use research-based insights to discover priorities for meaningful action-planning and change.
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