After a very hectic but rewarding and exciting week at HIMSS16, it is time to catch our breath and take stock. Here are our take-aways from the show on the status of Digital Wayfinding, Navigation and Location-based Services in Healthcare.
The Market Has Arrived
What we saw at HIMSS16 mirrors what we have seen generally over the last couple of quarters: the market has arrived! Digital Wayfinding and Indoor Navigation are no longer a new concept, to be considered and explored, with perhaps a pilot. Rather, we are seeing fully funded, well defined RFPs, and requests for quotations for multiple sites and Enterprise network deployments.
Yes, in this there will always of course be some mix of pilots. But there are many forward leaning healthcare networks that want to positively impact Patient Experience with best-in-class Digital Wayfinding and Indoor Navigation right now.
Integration is the Next Step: The Airline Check-in Model
Connexient CEO, Mark Green presenting and discussing the "Airline Check-in Model" user experience at HX360.
For many of our clients, there is a keen understanding that the real value and ROI from Digital Wayfinding and Indoor Navigation will come when it gets integrated into other key components of Patient Experience. One of the most important of these is Appointment Scheduling. This is where Connexient has been pioneering an innovative user experience that we call the Airline Check-in Model with the following benefits:
- enhance patient experience, making it easy to get to where the patient or visitor wants to go;
- minimize the stress of patients and visitors face in navigating a large, complex facility;
- reduce missed or late appointments – capturing lost revenue; and
- optimize resource utilization by improving enterprise visibility of inbound appointments.
Last week, we announced a partnership with HackensackUMC to bring this from concept to reality. And at HIMSS16, we began fleshing out plans with other clients to do the same.
The Understanding of Indoor Mapping & Navigation as an Enterprise Solution
As important as Digital Wayfinding and Indoor Navigation is to solving a major pain point in Patient and Visitor Experience, Connexient has always emphasized that this is really just the first step. Connexient’s driving vision and product roadmap is to Location-Enable the Enterprise, enabling, via our API + SDK, navigation-quality indoor maps and location services to be integrated into applications across patient experience, operations, security, facility management and more. There are then multiple streams of ROI to be gained from each additional integration.
We are actively planning and moving down that roadmap with the National Institutes of Health. At HIMSS16, we began to flesh this out with several other clients.
Working with Stanley
There was also great enthusiasm from mutual clients about the opportunities for ROI and value to patients and staff that can be delivered through our partnership with Stanley Healthcare. The next phase of this collaboration will be very exciting!
Look for Announcements to Come!
So, all-in-all HIMSS16 was the capstone on the next phase in the growth of the market and of Connexient. Look for lots of news and announcements that will come out of HIMSS16 in the months to come!