This is a topic I wish I wasn’t writing about today. But I feel compelled to do it anyway. I don’t usually talk about my days as an athlete but this is a soul-baring kind of post so to give you a little context, when I was a 5’4” tall high school senior, I jumped over a 5’10” bar to become the girls’ state high jump champion in Texas. Seven years earlier, the person who taught my knobby-kneed, awkward, 10-year-old self how to high jump was Ray Myers. Aside from my dad, Ray was one of my earliest and best coaches and mentors. And I found myself posting this tribute to him on social media on Monday morning this week:
This year marked the 7th conference held by the Beryl Institute, and it was easy to see how far the idea and support of ‘patient experience’ has come. There were many valuable insights and ideas shared from across the globe, stretching from the states, to the UK, all the way to Australia. While the stories were different, they all revolved around the idea of creating a great patient experience, but more importantly a human experience. Here are a few takeaways that really stuck with me from this year’s sessions and conversations:
As I sifted through my notes and reflected on the sessions I attended at the People in Healthcare Conference in San Diego, I couldn’t help but think there was a lot of great data, information and best practices, and so I wanted to share my thoughts with the healthcare community. Here are the five overarching themes I observed:
One of my colleagues brought the following question to a meeting of executive coaches in which we share emerging challenges and best practices. This question came from an individual he’s coaching.
I was invited to give a presentation for a very large, prominent software company at a conference of help desk managers from all over the world, and the topic was creating a better customer experience. Different presenters focused on different ways to achieve this improvement. Some, for instance, focused on how to reduce wait time by optimizing certain processes. The focus of my presentation was the impact of hiring the right kind of people.