Patient-facing digital communication has become more commonplace during the pandemic, but some see even greater potential for such an approach

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The first wave of the pandemic necessitated a large scale shift to greater digital engagement with patients, yet progress has not been uniform. While virtual consultations have become increasingly commonplace, communication outside of those appointments is still often analogue and generally sporadic. Cancelling an appointment – or indicating in advance that a specific day or time doesn’t work – remains a complicated, non-digital experience for many patients.

With millions now on waiting lists for treatment, and a significant minority having already waited two years, this sort of communication gap becomes more challenging. As such there are arguments that it’s now time for the digital acceleration seen during the pandemic to extend to this area too.

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