Gallup Research shows that 2/3 of decisions are made by emotional as well as rational factors. And when it comes to people’s health, I think it’s safe to say that percentage probably goes up. There is nothing more emotional or close to our hearts than our health.
With patients responsible for more of their own out of pocket expenses, healthcare costs on the rise, and options for wellness continuing to grow, patients are doing more research than ever. Hospitals and healthcare providers are beginning to acknowledge the ‘consumerization’ of healthcare. And leaders in this space, from Kaiser to Express Scripts and Novartis, are looking to connect with patients where it matters the most—their hearts. Few decisions are based more on emotion than ensuring the well-being of one’s self or family.
What is the most neglected aspect of patient care? Often, health care providers don’t look deeply enough into the psychographics of their patients. Sarah Hardwick, CEO of Zenzi, will be speaking on this topic at the Healthcare Communicators of Oregon’s Fall Conference on November 13, 2015. She will also be previewing new research on the role of patient values in healthcare.