Each year since 1950, we’ve celebrated World Health Day on April 7th, as the World Health Organization aims to create awareness for global health concerns. Every Spring, they highlight a specific theme as it applies to a top-priority health topic. In the past, WHO has raised awareness about mental health, climate change, diabetes, and medical care for children.
It’s not surprising to learn that this year’s campaign evolved as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to WHO, COVID “pushed more people into poverty and food insecurity, and amplified gender, social, and health inequities.” The year-long campaign focuses on eliminating inequities and building a healthier world for all.
WHO is working hard toward providing equity when it comes to vaccines, treatments, and tests, especially as it relates to COVID vaccines. They want to ensure that everyone around the world – regardless of income, financial status, and gender – has access to quality healthcare services. That includes being able to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Vulnerable communities fare the worst when it comes to enduring a global pandemic.
Low-income populations around the world are more exposed to diseases and less likely to have access to quality healthcare, as so many Americans do. As a result, impoverished communities are more likely to experience adverse consequences from COVID than those who are able to receive the healthcare they need, when they need it.
The healthcare community can make a positive impact on the lives of their patients.
As providers of state-of-the-art patient engagement software, we believe that it’s part of our job – as it is healthcare practices of all sizes – to improve the landscape of healthcare in general. While we may not be able to immediately make a difference on a global scale, we can start right here in our own backyard.
It’s our goal to help friends, families, and our community as a whole, easily connect with and have access to their providers when they need it most. It’s our goal to help make your job easier, so you can get to know your patients on a more personal level, which in turn, gives them a better healthcare experience. That’s what keeps patients coming back to your practice, and ultimately, something that helps them stay healthier year after year.
Thankfully, we don’t face as many healthcare challenges as some communities around the world do. Healthcare, vision, and dental providers do however, face many challenges when it comes to efficiently communicating with patients, getting them back into the office for needed treatments and preventive care, and sticking with providers because they’re having a great experience. Many of those challenges can be solved when you automate endless busywork – appointment reminders, scheduling, intake – so you have time to focus on building better patient relationships.
We challenge ourselves, our partners, and our customers to commit to making healthcare more easily accessible for all.
You might be amazed at the positive impact you can make in the lives of your patients simply by allowing them to contact you through two-way texting. Or, pay their healthcare bills online, without having to create a separate account and sign into a portal. Perhaps you’ll see how many more patients schedule follow-up appointments, routine eye exams, or dental cleanings when they can request an appointment online.
In honor of World Health Day, decide to make a commitment to become a more patient-centered practice. Become known as the dental, vision, or dermatology practice that everyone recommends to their family and friends. And, see how you can make a world of difference right there in your own community.
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