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Relatient launches interactive patient communication channel


Relatient announced today the launch of Dash Chat, an interactive chat solution that enables simple two-way engagement between staff and patients directly from the provider group’s website.

According to the Nashville-based company, the solution allows providers and staff to address routine patient inquiries quickly while reducing call volume and driving overall patient satisfaction by delivering consistent access to care.

Amid mainstream adoption of live chat features across industries, healthcare organizations are increasingly recognizing the value of these tools for improving operational efficiency and patient care. An industry survey by Invesp cites that 73% of consumers find live chat the most satisfactory form of communication with an organization.

“Consumers have made it clear that they want the ability to communicate digitally with their providers on demand – to ask questions about hours or location, confirm or reschedule appointments, and more,” Jeff Gartland, CEO at Relatient, said in a statement.

Garland also noted that healthcare organizations currently are faced with staffing shortages and overburdened clinical staff, which makes it even harder to effectively meet patients’ needs.

“Dash Chat offers a simplified and convenient solution that improves the experience for patients and providers alike,” he noted.

For provider organizations, Dash Chat will simplify the complexities of phone triage, which typically relies heavily on staff to manage voicemails and call-backs. The chat widget can be embedded directly on the website or behind a patient portal to drive intelligent conversations that help determine the patient’s need. Providers can then use the functionality to easily communicate with patients in real time, assigning different staff members to respond and easily routing patient inquiries to internal teams directly from the system.

For patients, Dash Chat enables faster, more convenient responses to inquiries such as appointment changes, office hours, directions or other questions they would typically call about.

“At Relatient, we are committed to simplifying the experience between providers and consumers, no matter the interaction,” Gartland said in the release. “We are excited that Dash Chat will give healthcare providers the consistency, scalability, and enhanced communication functionality consumers demand.”

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