The patient ecosystem is now more diverse and dynamic than ever before, with an increasing amount of stakeholders and influencers involved. Knowing who calls the shots at each different stage of the patient journey will allow you to innovate more effectively. Read up on how to tackle these issues from two of the key Health Innovation Battlegrounds from our report;
- #2 Power plays in patient journeys
- #8 The growing role of influencers
Battleground 2: power plays in patient journeys
It is essential to know who decides what happens during a patient’s care journey. The stakeholders that work together to increase patient satisfaction each have their own priorities. Mapping the whole patient journey will allow you to identify friction points, among stakeholders, to work on.
Start by mapping the different perspectives on the patient journey
Try to comprehensively understand the journey from every stakeholder’s point of view. Knowing who calls the shots at each of the different stages will allow you to innovate more effectively. It will also help to make sure you align to existing incentives rather than directly competing against them.
If you are trying to create value for a stakeholder, and it does not truly benefit them – it is not a value they will accept willingly.
Understand who controls each step of the journey
Determine who controls and influences what parts of the patient journey – both in the short term and the long term. This might require you to do more customer segmentation based on behavior rather than demographics; we are not just considering who makes the decisions, but practically want to understand how and why the decisions are made.
Battleground 8: the growing role of influencers
The role of doctors and practitioners has shifted. Their decision-making process is increasingly collaborative and shaped by influencers, individuals, and communities. This collaborative approach, which has penetrated the health ecosystem, has implications when designing new businesses.
Strategies focused solely on prescribers have become less effective
The days when the pharmaceutical industry could relatively easily convince physicians to embrace new innovations without external input may be over. Focusing your commercial strategy solely on this type of prescriber may be risky in the long run. In the past, health care professionals expected drug info from a pharma company and device info from the manufacturer.
But now, convincing a physician about information is more challenging than ever before, as seeking advice from many sources is considered best practice before making a decision.
Shift campaigns towards influencers
Patients themselves have claimed their own position based on the information they are provided and the information they research. And while prescribers are often still trusted sources for the patient, the influencers that surround both the patients and prescribers are gaining authority. To name a few, strong personal brands, social media influencers, and digital external experts can impact deeper layers of the ecosystem. Nudging these influencers will play a greater role in steering final decision-making.
Influencers are found in multiple value chains
So how do you go about it? Map at least three relevant value chains and assess who can create impact across those value chains. Take the motivations of the influencers into account in your launch strategy, and be sure to get them on board.