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Research Update: Looking at Consumer Expectations from Both Sides

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // How is healthcare doing in terms of meeting customer expectations? Doctor.com surveyed 1,718 patients in 2018 to assess their needs and preferences regarding the customer experience of healthcare. Kaufman Hall’s latest survey focuses on consumerism from the provider side, and offers an analysis of where 425 respondents from 200 healthcare organizations rate themselves on everything from improving customer experience to providing price transparency. In this article, we’ll share highlights from both surveys, one confirming that consumers have high expectations of providers, the other showing positive movement but slow progress in meeting those expectations.

Health Literacy 101: Don’t Frustrate Your Site Visitors

Stacy Robison, MPH, MCHES, president and co-founder of CommunicateHealth, Inc.

// By Lisa D. Ellis // Remember the last time you booked airline tickets, reserved a hotel room, or shopped online? Whether it was last week or last year, chances are that you had an excellent customer service experience. That’s because most major brands today understand the importance of catering to their online visitors and Read More

AI and Digital Medicine Provide Real-Time Data to Improve Patient Care

Richard V. Milani, MD, FACC, FAHA, medical director of innovationOchsner

In the Lab // By Sheryl S. Jackson // The drama of a “code team” racing to a patient’s bedside is a frequent scene in the myriad of hospital-based television shows that are popular today, but the innovationOchsner team has plans to replace the emphasis on teams that respond after a cardiac arrest. What if Read More

Content + Analytics: Penn Medicine’s Formula for Success

Suzanne Sawyer, vice president and chief marketing officer at Penn Medicine

// By Melanie Graham // When you consider the elements needed for quality content, what do you think of? Skilled copywriters may come to mind, or maybe you think of killer creative from a professional graphic designer. But what about data? It may not be the first thing that pops into your head, but analytics Read More

From Discovery to Post-Care: How Is Technology Facilitating the Customer Journey in Healthcare?

Andrei Zimiles, co-founder and CEO of Doctor.com

Ask the Expert with Andrei Zimiles // By Jane Weber Brubaker // Andrei Zimiles is co-founder and CEO of Doctor.com. The company’s marketing automation platform incorporates provider solutions for directory listings and reputation management, and in August 2017, Doctor.com launched a universal online scheduling capability. In December, Doctor.com merged with Connect Healthcare, and the combined Read More

Inventive Minds Chart the Future at Jefferson Health

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[In the Lab] // By Jane Weber Brubaker // It’s appropriate that a health system named after the author of the famous document that begins with “When in the course of human events…” should demonstrate a strong commitment to human-centered design. Under the leadership of chief executive officer Steve Klasko, MD, MBA, recently named one Read More

Stages of Behavioral Change + CRM: A Winning Strategy for Healthcare Marketers

Melanie Graham

// By Melanie Graham // You don’t need to be an industry expert to know that today’s healthcare structure is experiencing tremendous change. Organizations are grappling with new technology as well as adjusting to reimbursement models that involve taking on more risk for patients’ health and well-being. These changes affect healthcare operations and administration, and Read More

The Science of Hospital Journey Mapping

Shawn Gross is chief digital strategist, healthcare practice lead, at White Rhino

// By Shawn Gross // Great content marketing starts with understanding the customer’s journey. Journey mapping has become a favorite marketing tool for visualizing the customer’s experience. But what exactly are journey maps, how do you create them, and what is the best way to apply them to hospital marketing? At first glance, a customer’s Read More

Crawl Before You Walk, Walk Before You Run: Get Your SEO Fundamentals in Order

// By Mark Samber, PhD // Ranking high on search engine results pages (SERP) is probably the most important endeavor for any healthcare marketing department. After all, 60 to 70 percent of your potential customers (patients) search Google for providers. It is imperative that the bulk of your resources — infrastructure and marketing spend — Read More

4 Models for a Consumer-Centric Hospital Website

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3 Platinum Award Winners Show How Digital Marketing Is Done

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // As healthcare organizations grow in digital marketing sophistication, they raise the bar for others, creating powerful multichannel campaigns that drive measurable results. Three organizations achieved top honors in the category of Best Marketing Campaign in the 2017 eHealthcare Leadership Awards, winning Platinum Awards. This category gives organizations the opportunity Read More

Creating a Seamless Digital Experience for Pediatric Patient Families

Nemours Launches Powerful App for Asthma Patients // By Melanie Graham // In 2018, the patient digital toolkit is ever expanding. Between electronic health records, smartphones, texting, and telehealth, patients have access to a wide range of digital resources. The problem is that multiple resources come with multiple logins, passwords, and in-app experiences. Digital health Read More

Ask the Expert: What Differentiates a Healthcare Digital Marketing Leader?

Ben Dillon

Learn How Leading Healthcare Marketers Do Digital Differently and How to Propel Your Organization Forward // By Ben Dillon // Benchmarking your organization against your peers is something every health system wants to do. But in reality, how you compete is more nuanced than just comparing your organization to others by team or bed size. Read More

Agile, Automated Market Research Platform Accelerates Insights

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// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Can traditional market research keep up with the need for speed in today’s digital environment? Maybe not, if studies are carried out in the traditional way. A new technology platform, Methodify, is helping health systems in our neighbor to the north accelerate the traditional market research process. Methodify enables Read More

eHealthcare Leadership Award Winners: They’re Simply the Best

eHealthcare Leadership Awards

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // It’s that time of year again. The call for entries for the 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards is open as of May 1. This year’s award winners will be announced at a gala luncheon on November 7 at the HCIC conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Winners are selected from nearly 1,000 Read More

Call for Entries — 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

eHealthcare Leadership Awards

The Call for Entries for the 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards is now open. This leading awards program, which draws some 1,000 entries, exclusively recognizes the very best websites and digital communications of healthcare organizations (both large and small), online health companies, pharmaceutical/medical equipment firms, agencies/suppliers, and business improvement initiatives. These awards highlight the role of Read More

Healthcare Digital Marketing Update

Ben Dillon

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Next-Generation CRM: Intelligent, Individualized, Automated

Darin Szilagyi, Methodist

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Demands on health system marketing departments for growth and accountability are relentless. Data-driven marketing is the new imperative, yet marketing departments typically run lean, with lean budgets. Digital marketers have to be experts in web development, content management, social media, digital advertising, attribution modeling, multichannel marketing, and lately, big Read More

How Physician-Focused Social Networks Boost Physician Referrals

Peter Alperin, MD, vice president of connectivity solutions at Doximity

// By Melanie Graham //  Social media isn’t always an easy sell in the healthcare community. Not only do physicians have limited time to spend on social media, the platforms can be minefields of HIPAA and patient confidentiality violations. But at a time when value-based care is growing, communication between hospitals and providers is more Read More

Empathy: The Key to Creating Meaningful Digital Experiences for Consumers

Kyra Hagan

// By Kyra Hagan // Gaining an understanding of what drives the choice-making and loyalty of healthcare consumers is complex. What we do know is that consumers’ expectations for healthcare interactions are being shaped by the personalized and convenient experiences they have grown accustomed to in other industries, like retail, hospitality, and banking. As a Read More

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