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The Importance of Adopting an Accessibility Mindset for Healthcare Websites

Keith Bundy, accessibility community consultant

// By Keith Bundy // Keith Bundy is an accessibility community consultant at Siteimprove. The following article is based on his speech during the 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards. This year, we added accessibility as a scoring criterion in the Best Overall Internet category, combining a weighted score derived from Siteimprove’s Digital Certainty Index automated tool Read More

2018 eHealthcare Leadership Award Winners Announced

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // The eHealthcare Leadership Awards program recognizes the very best websites and digital communications efforts of a wide range of healthcare organizations. This year’s winners were announced November 7 at a special presentation in Scottsdale, Arizona during the Healthcare Internet Conference, produced by Greystone.Net. More than 200 organizations received recognition Read More

The Evolving Patient Experience: Meeting Your Patients Everywhere They Search

The Evolving Patient Experience: Meeting Your Patients Everywhere They Search

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Cannibal Content: Is Your Content Eating Itself Alive?

Althea Fung

// By Althea Fung // Competition is an essential part of healthcare marketing — it leads to innovation, helps improve the customer experience, and (hopefully) staves off complacency. In the battle for ranking in digital healthcare marketing, there is one competitor organizations should never go up against: themselves. Unfortunately, companies don’t just compete but get Read More

Movember Foundation and Swrve Team Up to Enhance Mobile App Experience

Movember Foundation logo

// By Melanie Graham // Many people in the healthcare world and beyond are familiar with the Movember Foundation. In fact, many of our readers may be sporting their supportive facial hair this month. This year, Movember has added a new experience to its annual fundraising push — a revamped mobile app. The app, which Read More

Digital Marketing Strategy to Grow Medical Practice Brings Newsworthy Results

Dean Mitchell, MD, president of Mitchell Medical Group

// By Lisa D. Ellis // Creating and maintaining a strong digital presence can be difficult for any healthcare organization. But for smaller groups with fewer resources, it can be particularly tough to compete online with more established systems. That’s where the latest technological advances can make a real difference.  A Small Fish in a Read More

The Multiplier Effect of Digital Marketing

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Digital Marketing is changing at breakneck speed, but hospital marketers who combine three emerging technologies will gain outsized results, especially in a highly competitive market.

While retailers have long been able to implement advanced digital marketing techniques, technical and legal restrictions have hampered hospital marketers from gaining the actionable insights that are more readily available in traditional industries.

Marketers know that understanding the patient journey is important. However, activating insights requires synthesizing data across multiple touch points and driving consumers to optimal movement through different pathways.

The Good News? Hospitals Are No Longer Stuck

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  • Building combinations of data-driven ads at massive scale
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  • Using predictive attribution to determine appointment behavior

When combined, these techniques become the Multiplier Effect, compounding their value and reinforcing their benefits at a dramatic new scale.

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Is a Central “Command Center” in Your Future?

Learn how one health system developed a centralized unit to monitor its pediatric patients. // By Lisa D. Ellis // Managing the many events and crises that occur in a major children’s hospital requires a lot of oversight and coordination, not unlike skills used by air traffic controllers who coordinate flight patterns for busy airports. Read More

Online Reputation Management: Boston Children’s Hospital Reaps the Benefits — and It’s Just Getting Started

William Gagnon is senior director, digital at Boston Children’s

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Boston Children’s Hospital recently received highest honors from U.S. News and World Report as the nation’s number-one children’s hospital for 2018-2019, for the fifth year. “Boston Children’s Hospital tops this year’s Honor Roll and ranks No. 1 in three of the 10 specialties; neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology and orthopedics,” Read More

Voice Search Redefines The Healthcare Consumer Experience

Keir Bradshaw

“I’m Sorry, Dave, I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That…Yet.” // By Keir Bradshaw // In 1968, MGM Studios released the Stanley Kubrick/Arthur C. Clarke movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Although not the first representation of voice interaction with computer-based artificial intelligence, the narrative elements between the lead characters, Dave and HAL 9000, foreshadow the aspirations Read More

Want to Earn Media from Top Influencers? Avoid These 6 Mistakes

Stephen Panico, chief growth officer of Buzzstream

// By Lisa D. Ellis // Your digital marketing content is honed to perfection, but have you packaged it to resonate with key influencers who can help you extend your presence? Your answer could be the difference between success and failure, says Stephen Panico, chief growth officer of Buzzstream. Making Meaningful Connections to Build Your Read More

Your Healthcare Marketing ROI: Are You Comparing Apples to Bananas?

Jessica Walker

When you claim an impressive-sounding healthcare marketing ROI for a marketing initiative, are you undermining your credibility by not considering all the variables in your calculation? Here, Jessica Walker, an industry veteran and thought leader, takes us through some detailed examples of how marketers could misinterpret information and misstate their true healthcare marketing ROI by Read More

Jane Weber Brubaker named Executive Editor of Plain-English Health Care

Jane Weber Brubaker

I’m very pleased to announce that Jane Weber Brubaker has been promoted to the role of Executive Editor of Plain-English Health Care. Jane has been the editor of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends since 2015 and is chair of the eHealthcare Leadership Awards. She contributed several of our most popular articles to Strategic Health Care Marketing between 2013 and 2015, and currently produces and moderates Plain-English Health Care’s webinars.

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Dr. Google, You’re Fired

Andrew Le, MD, CEO and co-founder of Buoy

Froedtert Health Implements Buoy, an AI Tool That Provides Patients Possible Diagnoses and Recommends Treatment Options // By Jane Weber Brubaker // A Google search is often the starting point when someone has a health concern. But many consumers have been scared out of their wits by the results they find. “The joke you hear Read More

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

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