Chatbots will take their place in healthcare during 2020 as a very scalable and valuable clinical tool for proactively exchanging care-related information between patients and their care teams, as well as between care team members themselves. Chatbots aren’t new. In fact, the first chatbot, named Eliza, was created by MIT professor Joseph Weizenbaum in 1966. Eliza, however, lacked two essential elements that, today, enable the use of chatbots as a tool that actually gets patients involved in their own personal care. These elements are smart devices that offer an SMS texting feature and artificial intelligence (AI). These 2 technologies combine to bring chatbots to life providing personalized patient experiences that scale.
Increasingly, hospital administration is allocating resources toward the results of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys, and for good reason. Scores from these surveys are an important, publicly available indicator of patient experience and care quality. As such, these scores are used to determine up to 30% of the total incentive offered to hospitals under the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) program.