Patient Response Time Dashboards
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Patient Response Time (PRT) measures how long a Patient Channel remained in an open status before it was closed. This helps you understand how fast patients receive responses to their questions. PRT reporting is available in the embedded Practice and Enterprise Analytics dashboards.
What Do PRT Dashboards Measure?
PRT measures the time elapsed between an open to closed Patient Channel status and tracks how long patients wait for a response when your business is open. For reference, a Patient Channel opens when a patient sends a message and closes automatically when a message is sent back to the patient.
% of Patients Waiting More Than One Hour: This shows how many Patient Channels took more than 60 minutes to close. We recommend a goal of 5% or less. If this value is higher than preferred, consider how staff workflows can be improved and what Inbound Keyword Automations can be added to give instant responses.
% of Patients Waiting More Than One Day: This shows how many Patient Channels were open for more than 8 business hours. We recommend a goal of 0% for this metric. Artera functionality can be leveraged to automate responses, where appropriate, to keep this value low. If this value is higher than preferred, consider ways to automate workflows using automated messages and evaluating staff processes to explore opportunities for improvement.
Hour/Day Quintiles: Quintiles compare your PRT to all Artera customers. Ranking within the first quintile means that you are in the top 20% of fastest response times - way to go! The second quintile equates to the top 40%, and so on. The smaller the quintile score, the more impressive the Patient Response Time.
All Practice Analytics dashboards display data collected from the past two weeks, while Enterprise Analytics dashboards allow for custom date ranges to be selected using the date filter at the top of the report.
The following details are helpful for understanding how PRT is calculated.
The data only shows Patient Channels that go from an open to closed status. If a Patient Channel was marked as pending in the meantime, the duration of time the Patient Channel spent in pending is not included in the calculation.
Multiple Inbound Messages
If a patient sends multiple messages before receiving a response, the PRT is calculated from the time from the first message that the patient sent until the Patient Channel is closed.
Business and Holiday Hours
This calculation takes into account Business Hours (set at the Practice or Line) and Holiday Hours (Set at the Enterprise, Practice, and Line), meaning that the hours your Practice is closed do not count as time the patient was awaiting a response.
Additionally, the calculation respects the My Practice is open on this holiday toggle, which will override holiday hours for the Enterprise, and the My Line is open on this holiday toggle, which overrides holiday hours for the Enterprise and Practice.
Business and Holiday Hours Logic
Business hours are calculated by checking if Line hours exist. If Line hours exist, those are honored, if not, the system defaults to using the Practice hours.
Holiday hours are calculated by checking if a Line holiday exists, then if a Practice holiday exists, and then if an Enterprise holiday exists. If a holiday exists, it will integrate into the business hours. If a Line’s business hours are from 8:00-17:00 and there is a holiday which is 12:00-17:00, the line is still open from 8:00-12:00.