Major healthcare clinic boosts patient engagement with DRUID conversational AI

One of the largest companies in the CEE and leader in the quality of medical care continues the journey of digital transformation with the help of DRUID conversational virtual assistants.

Healthcare transforming into a consumer-driven industry

There are 7.9 billion people on Earth, and all of them require medical assistance, at least from time to time. Healthcare is, in fact, one of the greatest impactors of how individuals perceive their quality of life. It is also one of the sectors facing the highest number of challenges and transformations in the coming years.

Patients are better informed and more connected today than they have ever been. They are increasingly taking an authoritative role in their healthcare journey and ask for transparency in their care and access on their terms. They are demanding the transition to an industry that answers their needs, hopes, fears, and aspirations.

The Challenge

Focused as it is on patient-centric care, the Regina Maria healthcare network understood that improving user experience and increasing the effectiveness of its communication with patients needed digital support. In a fast-moving world, where time is one of the scarcest resources, automating client interactions to create a nimbler organization would undoubtedly benefit both patients and personnel.

  • Main goals

  • Key wins

  • Testimonial

Patients digital expectations on the rise 

Like in many other industries, today, in healthcare, people want convenience, direct access, security, and transparency around their care and costs. Increasingly, with a mobile phone permanently close at hand, consumer expectations are changing to demanding instant, easy to access, and allencompassing experiences within all their interactions.

In this new digital era, Regina Maria’s patients expect the experiences they share with their healthcare provider to be seamless, intuitive, and convenient.

  • Automate the creation of the patients' accounts and appointment scheduling.
  • Reduce pressure on contact center and diminish time-to-value of call center representatives.
  • Accelerate customer access to relevant information.
  • Decrease time spent by Regina Maria team with repetitive tasks.
  • Increase online engagement with patients.
  • Increase the number of patients served.

Seamless user experience with increased number of served patients 

The solution to their needs was MARIA, a front-end intelligent virtual assistant located on the company’s website and mobile application is capable of offering customer support whenever and wherever patients needed it.

Key wins for Regina Maria clinics:

  • 24/7 availability of the virtual assistant, regardless of location, ensuring a comprehensive, excellent user experience at the user’s convenience
  • Significant time savings at the level of Regina Maria’s call center, effectively digitalizing 80% of patient engagements
  • Improved patient engagement with real-time interactions and easy to access information support

"Maria recognizes a patient from our over 5 million electronic medical records before routing to one of our 17 call center advisors dedicated only to MARIA chatbot inquiries. Call recording approval and GDPR validation save 3 minutes per chat. That means we can manage more patients in the same amount of time."

Cosmin Panaete
Business Process Director,
Regina Maria


The Solution

The solution to Regina Maria's needs was MARIA, a front-end intelligent virtual assistant located on the company’s website and mobile application is capable of offering customer support whenever and wherever patients needed it.

MARIA is fully integrated with Regina Maria’s existing Microsoft Dynamics CRM and hosted on Microsoft Azure Cloud, allowing for increased flexibility in user access. It enables both existing and new patients full access to information, from checking the costs of various investigations or care services to information about any of Regina Maria’s multiple locations across the country or the thousands of doctors. MARIA also easily enables patients to find out available times for appointments, schedule them, and modify or cancel existing appointments, all within seconds. For new customers, the chatbot MARIA can assist with the marketing process, offering detailed information on the best available subscriptions based on a series of data provided by the user, and can connect to a human operator to finalize the process. 

For existing Regina Maria patients, thanks to its integration with the healthcare operator’s MyAccount feature, the chatbot can offer real-time information on the services included in the subscription or about invoices and payments. By helping make the patient journey more efficient, AI-driven MARIA was able to free up the resources of healthcare organizations and had a direct impact on patient engagement.


The deployment of conversational technology to healthcare is gaining momentum, fueled by changing customer expectations, the increasing popularity of mobile health apps, and the need for increased engagement and usability. Benefits are multiple, from reducing costs worldwide to relieving pressure on healthcare professionals and more efficiently allocating resources.

However, the single most significant benefit is improved patient outcomes – the ultimate goal of all health services and medical care. To succeed in this highly competitive landscape, healthcare organizations must invest in digital solutions and infrastructure that both meet patient expectations for seamless experiences and help them stand out in an increasingly saturated environment. Consequently, the global healthcare chatbots market is expected to reach $703.2 million by 2025. AI spending in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries is expected to similarly increase from $463 million in 2019 to more than $2 billion over the next five years.



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