In his latest article on Health IT Outcomes, Jim Higgins, Founder and CEO at Solutionreach, looks at how socioeconomic factors affect patients and practices.
Income, geographic region and other factors can have an impact on patients' health and healthcare. "But the challenges extend beyond income and geography," explains Jim. "Patients with differing religions, culture, and ethnic customs also can struggle to receive the healthcare they need. Without proper training, clinicians may deliver medical advice without understanding how health beliefs and cultural practices influence the way that advice is received. Ultimately, not addressing the needs of these unique populations can have a direct impact on the success of your practice. Patient cancellations, no-shows, and turnover will rise."
Find out what Jim suggests as the ways to address this issue in your practice in the full article on Health IT Outcomes.