Kim Campbell and Suneel Chilukuri, MD | Dermatology Authority
May 16, 2022
Create an amazing pateint experience.
Where does the patient experience begin? While dermatologists may have a different answer to this question in today’s digital era, most will agree that one of the first patient touchpoints is with your telephone operator. A person looking for a new physician or health care provider can begin with an online search. If you’ve been lucky enough to visit with a patient, does the relationship end when they walk out the practice doors?
The numerous patient touchpoints before, during, and after a clinic visit allow you to connect with a patient. The strength of this connection influences the likelihood the client will stay with your dermatology practice. By implementing strong internal marketing strategies, you will naturally increase practice success by retaining current patients while also introducing pertinent procedures applicable to their family members and friends.
Internal marketing refers to educating patients on the breadth of services you offer. Below, we discuss five ways you can improve the patient experience through internal marketing.
UTILIZE ENGAGING DIGITAL ASSETS
Dermatology practices can use inexpensive television monitors to educate and improve the patient experience. One can customize short videos utilizing your mobile device to discuss the procedures you offer. You can also ask your aesthetic or medical representatives for digital assets, such as before and after photos or testimonials, to display on your monitors. For example, we utilize Friend Media’s FM stick to easily change the content even while the patient is in the room. If the patient is coming in for a body contouring procedure, we change the display content to educate him or her about neuromodulators and fillers. If a patient is extremely pleased with his or her result, we can change the display to ask for a review. Most often, we have the display showing our last five social media posts, which further encourages our patients to follow our Instagram and Facebook pages. All of this content is easily controlled with a remote control similar to one used for an Amazon Firestick. In addition to providing entertainment and a distraction to reduce anxiety, the displays educate patients on your practice, provide health care tips, promote new services, and encourage internal referrals.
CREATE A PATIENT REFERRAL PROGRAM
When you improve the patient experience, you create a brand ambassador for your practice. A happy patient may tell one or two friends about you and your services. Unfortunately, an unsatisfied patient may tell 50 or more acquaintances or strangers to not utilize your practice. It is simple to appropriately reward referrals. You may consider a gift card for future services to your practice or even gift a synergistic service to enhance his or her current procedure(s). Don’t neglect writing a handwritten thank you note or personally calling to thank your current patient for her referral.
BUILD A USER-FRIENDLY WEBSITE
To improve the likelihood of your practice being found online, you’ll want to have a mobile-friendly website. Customize the overall design to accurately reflect your practice’s brand. Your practice benefits from implementing a search engine optimization campaign by adding short educational blogs once or twice a month. This will help your website rank better and be easily found by potential patients. To make your website easier to navigate, some things to pay extra attention to are webpage loading speed, broken links, and missing pages. Make sure you have an easy-to-use contact form or patient portal to ensure that patients can leave their details to be called back and are able to request an appointment at your office. Don’t neglect asking for Google reviews.
EDUCATE STAFF IN CUSTOMER SERVICE
In today’s fast-paced world, patients are seeking excellent customer service. There are simple things that make the difference, such as inviting patients directly from the reception area to an exam room. To ensure that your practice provides impeccable customer service, implement employee coaching and training sessions so that your team has the tools needed to provide a superior patient care experience. Consider hosting an open forum for staff members once a month to ask questions and provide constructive criticism. The repercussions of a negative interaction with your practice are negative online reviews and word-of-mouth complaints.
MAINTAIN AN ATTRACTIVE AND INVITING OFFICE SETTING
Your practice should be an inviting place for patients to visit and for employees to work. To keep guests happy, a clean, organized office is essential. Replace stained roof tiles and rusted trays. Touch up scuffed paint or scratched surfaces. Consider adding personal touches, such as your favorite artwork or photographs. We utilize inexpensive smart devices to control lighting and music in each exam room. By customizing the experience, patients feel comfortable and pampered. Remember to always leave your clients feeling happy; they remember the sensation, not the words.
ABOUT KIM CAMPBELL
Founder, Dermatology Authority Kim Campbell is the Founder CEO of Dermatology Authority, the leading matchmaking agency for the dermatology market. Dermatology Authority helps practices grow by adding providers, practices, marketing, and practice start-up services. If you are looking to advance your career, Ms. Campbell can be reached at DermatologyAuthority.com or call 800-577-0125.
ABOUT SUNEEL CHILUKURI, MD
Suneel Chilukuri, Md, Faad, Facms is Director of Cosmetic Surgery and Chief of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at Refresh Dermatology in Houston, Texas.
ABOUT CLAY J. COCKERELL, MD, JD, MBA
Dr. Clay J. Cockerell is a world-renowned specialist in treating and diagnosing skin disorders and has diagnosed over three million biopsies.
An internationally recognized pioneer in his field and double board-certified in dermatology and dermatopathology, Dr. Cockerell has been practicing medicine since 1986. He is currently the Founder & President of Cockerell Dermatopathology and the Program Director of the Health Education Services dermatology residency program sponsored by the Lake Granbury Medical Center. Also, Dr. Cockerell sees patients a few days per month to assist with resident training and to keep his clinicopathological skills sharp.
Dr. Cockerell has held numerous leadership positions within several highly regarded medical associations. Most notably, he served as the President, Secretary & Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology, President of the Texas Dermatological Society, and President of the Dallas Dermatological Society. Also, Dr. Cockerell holds leadership roles as Founder and President of Cockerell Dermatopathology and a former AmeriPath Board of Directors member.
Dr. Cockerell and his wife, Brenda, had a lifelong dream of producing wine and, in 2005, purchased a vineyard in Calistoga, California. They now produce wine under the Coquerel Family Wine Estates label. Dr. Cockerel and Brenda have two children, Charles and Lillian, and they have been married for forty-six years. In addition, Dr. Cockerell and Brenda enjoy traveling, golf, and winter sports.
ABOUT COCKERELL DERMATOPATHOLOGY
The Cockerell Dermatopathology story begins with Dr. Clay J. Cockerell's vision to establish a practice whose mission is to treat each specimen as if it came from one of own family members. Family! At Cockerell Dermatopathology, every employee is driven by a relentless pursuit of diagnostic excellence. We specialize in evaluating dermatologic disorders, tackling cases ranging from the routine to the most challenging.
Our practice continuously invests in cutting-edge technologies to best serve each referring clinician and their patients. These innovations result in higher-quality diagnostic slides, quicker turnaround times for routine cases, and seamless deployment of EMR interfaces.
From an educational perspective, Cockerell Dermatopathology is more than a dermatopathology practice. We host numerous in-person and internet-based education events and boast a state-of-the-art 14-headed microscope for dermatology resident training sessions.
Our services extend beyond borders, serving hundreds of clinicians in Texas, throughout the United States, and globally. With a highly accessible team of board-certified dermatopathologists and a dedicated support staff, our vision is simple yet profound. Family, we treat every specimen as if it were from one of our own family members.