News : National Home Doctor Service Dials into Improved Customer Service
Canberra, Australia, Nov 17, 2016 -- As CIO of Australia’s network of home visiting doctors, Anthony Buhler recognises the importance of customer-led strategies and innovation.
Steering a path towards improved engagement, the National Home Doctor Service (NHDS) has taken steps to adopt technology that streamlines contact centre operations in a bid to slash speed-to-answer times and improve patient care.
"The goal of the technology adoption is to improve patient care through streamlining the call centre process and improving the caller experience (an added benefit was greater operational efficiency), and provide options for carers to communicate with us in the way in which they preferred, within the constraints of validating their needs for an urgent at home consultation," Buhler told CMO.
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"We are passionate about improving patient care and have a wide range of initiatives underway from enhancing our telephony services and building out omni-channel options, to sending SMS to patients with doctor’s arrival time information, ongoing coaching of our call takers, improving our measurement methodologies, focus and research groups, by improving doctor engagement and routing and scheduling we improve wait patient time and visit experience," he said.
In updating the telephony system, Buhler said the NHDS had a big challenge on its hands: The organisation was created through the amalgamation of six separate medical deputising services operating across five locations around Australia. As a result, the organisation was managing a variety of legacy systems to support its contact centre activities.
"We wanted to replace the legacy systems with an integrated technology stack that was robustly engineered," Buhler said. "In particular, we wanted a platform that could provide both inbound and outbound capabilities as well as call recording.This had to happen in the context of providing urgent care for patients across Australia."
NHDC’s ICT team reviewed the needs of each contact centre to determine the baseline requirements for the organisation. After rigorous vendor examination, NHDC adopted the Customer Interaction Centre (CIC) from Interactive Intelligence, which went live in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Buhler said the goal was to adopt a solution that would offer a high level of service to its patients, and provide the critical element of call recording facilities.
"For reasons of privacy and security, NHDS wanted to be able to retain the recordings within its own data centre while allowing Interactive Intelligence to manage and maintain the remainder of the infrastructure." he said. "To achieve this we opted for a hybrid architecture where Interactive Intelligence hosts the core servers and software and we keep control of the voice recordings."
"We can also host call recordings on site and route calls to different contact centres (depending on volume), which makes it easier to balance the load across all our operators," he said. "This is also very handy when we need to work around carrier-related issues and maintenance windows, which typically occur during our operational window."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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