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The Value of Patient Satisfaction and How to Achieve It in 2024

Patient satisfaction

Imagine a clinic where every patient leaves with a smile. Satisfied patients are not just a testament to quality care, but they also contribute to the clinic’s reputation. They are more likely to comply with treatment plans and return for future care. 

Most importantly, they become advocates who spread positive word-of-mouth, attracting more patients to the clinic. As a critical objective, maintaining patient satisfaction can be a challenge. Not all healthcare staff have the time or technology to capture the patients’ experiences throughout the care journey. 

Healthcare practices that have adopted electronic medical records (EMRs) or electronic health records (EHRs) are well-positioned to thrive in 2024 and beyond. By improving access to critical information and enabling tailored treatment plans, these systems effectively address patient needs and enhance patient satisfaction in healthcare.

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Evolving Methods for Measuring Patient Satisfaction

To increase patient engagement in your clinic, encourage them to take an active role in their care. Equip your clinical staff with practical tips for engaging patients and creating a comfortable environment for patients to share their feedback about healthcare services. 

Traditionally, clinics use the following feedback tools to assess care experience and pinpoint ways to improve patient satisfaction:

Paper Forms, Phone Calls, Emails, or Online Platforms

  • Surveys are the most common method of measuring patient satisfaction. It typically includes questions about various aspects of the patient experience, such as wait times, communication with healthcare providers, and overall satisfaction with care.
  • Feedback forms are often provided at the point of care, allowing patients to provide immediate feedback on their experience. Feedback forms are typically brief and may include open-ended questions or rating scales.

In-Person Meeting

  • Interviews with individual patients allow providers to delve deeper into specific aspects of the patient experience. This method allows for more personalized feedback and can help identify areas for improvement.
  • Focus groups are small patient groups that discuss their experiences in great detail. This qualitative approach allows for more detailed insights into patient satisfaction and can uncover issues clinics can’t capture from surveys.

Social Media Platforms and Online Review Sites

  • Social media monitoring provides real-time insights into patient satisfaction and allows for rapid response to concerns or complaints.

Emerging Methods

Modern methods offer more efficient opportunities for improving patient experience in healthcare, most of which are driven by advancements in artificial intelligence (AI). These approaches include:

  • Sentiment analysis determines the sentiment or emotion expressed in patient feedback. For example, if many patients use positive language like ‘excellent’ and ‘caring’ in their reviews, it indicates high satisfaction levels. On the other hand, frequent use of negative words like ‘rude’ or ‘unprofessional’ highlights areas needing improvement.
  • Predictive analytics predict future outcomes based on past data. By analyzing factors such as demographics, healthcare providers can identify patients at risk of low satisfaction and intervene proactively to improve their experience.
  • Wearable devices and sensors are increasingly being used to track real-time patient experiences. For example, wearable devices can monitor patient vital signs and activity levels, providing insights into the patient experience during hospital stays or outpatient visits.

Key Strategies for Enhancing Patient Satisfaction

Patient-centric practices have been using EMR-driven strategies to create positive patient experiences. These techniques may include:

Boost Customer Service With a Check-in Kiosk Feature

  • Provide excellent customer service—train staff to be courteous, empathetic, and attentive to patients’ needs. Leverage the kiosk feature to encourage positive interactions at all touchpoints, particularly at the reception.

Reduce Wait Times With Patient Appointment Scheduling Software

  • Minimize wait times for appointments, check-ins, and consultations. Implement efficient scheduling practices and optimize clinic workflows using the scheduling software.
  • Follow up to check the patient’s progress, address concerns, and schedule necessary follow-up appointments.

Enhance Communication With an EHR-Integrated Mobile App Tool

  • Ensure open communication with patients regarding their treatment plans, medications, and instructions. Encourage two-way communication and address patient concerns via the patient app.

Optimize Engagement With Our Intuitive Patient Portal

  • Request patient feedback regularly through surveys or feedback forms. Use this feedback to identify areas for refinement and make adjustments as required.

Choosing the Right Patient Satisfaction Method

Capturing patient satisfaction

To select the appropriate method for your practice, consider your goals, resources, and specific needs. Use these steps as a guide for your method selection:

1. Define Objectives: Are you looking to improve overall patient experience, identify areas for improvement, or compare performance against benchmarks? Clearly defining objectives will help guide the selection process.

2. Consider Patient Population: Assess your patient population, as different patient groups may respond differently to various measurement methods. For example, older patients prefer paper surveys, while younger patients prefer online or mobile-based surveys.

3. Assess Assets: Evaluate the resources and infrastructure available for collecting and analyzing patient satisfaction data. Consider staff availability, technology, budget, and time constraints.

4. Choose Appropriate Methods: Select the measurement method that captures the desired insights and aligns with the practice’s objectives. These may include surveys, focus groups, feedback forms, social media monitoring, or a combination of these methods.

5. Select Relevant Metrics: Based on the practice’s goals and areas of focus, identify specific metrics (e.g., wait times) relevant to measuring patient satisfaction. Be wary of traditional measures that only skew your view to financial and productivity outcomes. These measures do not consider physician workloads nor present a complete picture of your clinic’s performance.

6. Ensure Validity and Reliability: Confirm that the chosen method and metrics are valid and reliable for measuring patient satisfaction. Validity refers to whether the technique accurately measures what it intends to gauge, while reliability refers to the consistency of results over time.

7. Pilot Test if Necessary: Consider pilot testing different methods on a small scale before full implementation. This initial step allows for refining the approach based on feedback and ensures that the chosen method is well-received by patients and staff.

8. Monitor and Adjust: Continuously monitor patient satisfaction data and be prepared to adjust the method or metrics as needed based on evolving patient needs, the changes in practice operations, or feedback from stakeholders.


Healthcare practices that use EMRs or EHRs can expect improvements in patient satisfaction beyond 2024. They can use traditional or new methods to gather insights into the patient experience and better understand their needs and preferences. 

However, practices need to select measurement methods and metrics that can effectively gauge patient experience and support ongoing improvement efforts.

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