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Looking Outside Your Organization To Drive Innovation

Sara Vaezy, chief digital strategy and business development officer, Providence St. Joseph Health

Much of healthcare innovation these days seems to be focused within organizations — hospitals striving to improve their patient experiences or make access to their healthcare simpler and easier. But at Providence St. Joseph Health, a 51-hospital system that spans seven states, innovation comes in many different forms and has far-reaching effects beyond the walls Read More

How To Get Your Ads in Front of Your Target Audience

Marc Reifenrath, co-founder and president of Spinutech

According to a Deloitte Global survey, more than three-quarters of North Americans use at least one form of ad-blocking. The survey found that 31 percent of Americans use ad-blocking software on their desktop computers, and 20 percent say they use a mobile ad-blocker. With a significant number of people using ad-blocking tools, marketers face an Read More

“Engagement” Is Not Enough

Jeffrey Stewart, assistant vice president of digital communications at VITAS Healthcare

Healthcare marketing is all about continuous learning. It’s a little like climbing a mountain. Just when you think you’ve reached the summit, you find there’s another crest, and then another. But unlike mountain climbing, there is no final destination in healthcare marketing, and that’s what makes it interesting, at least for those who aren’t content Read More

Keys To Excellence in Healthcare Website Design

Ashley MacFarland, director of digital communications at Inova

What guides great site design? And who defines what “great” is in the first place? We checked in with some of the 2019 winners of the eHealthcare Leadership Awards to see how they approached their site redesigns, and what drove the decisions they made. The answer is that there is no one answer. Each organization Read More

How To Bring Out the Best During Your Physician Interviews

Dan Dunlop, president, Jennings Healthcare Marketing

It’s hard to imagine that a renowned surgeon or C-suite executive has insecurities, but when it comes to being in front of a video camera — or any type of media — people are people. And some are just not comfortable in that environment. As an interviewer, it’s your job to assess the situation and Read More

Marketing Operations Platform Centralizes Processes for Baptist Health

Katie Jimenez, director of digital engagement at Baptist Health

The marketing technology (MarTech) industry is booming. The landscape has grown from 150 solutions in 2011 to 7,040 in 2019. It’s easy to see why — marketing departments need systems to provide oversight of projects. More and more companies are turning to marketing operations management systems to oversee the marketing process from start to finish. Read More

How Cone Health’s New Site Puts Patients First

Matt McKinney, assistant director of communications at Cone Health

North Carolina’s Cone Health has roots in the denim industry. The system’s benefactors, Moses and Bertha Cone, started Cone Denim, and the surrounding community has maintained strong ties to its textile heritage. And while denim may be the literal fabric that started this Greensboro-area health system, Cone Health also knows it has strong ties to Read More

Healthcare Marketing 2019: The Best of the Best

The eHealthcare Leadership Awards honor the very best websites and digital communications from a broad spectrum of healthcare organizations. Winners of the 20th Annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards were recently announced at a special presentation in Orlando, Florida during the Healthcare Internet Conference sponsored by Greystone.Net. More than 200 organizations received recognition for their outstanding work. Read More

2019: Change and Competition for Healthcare Marketers

“Toward the beginning of a new year, everyone gets excited about trends,” says Ben Dillon of Geonetric. “But trends don’t start or end in a single year. Sometimes they are more of a movement, something that has been building momentum over the past several years.” In our new article, Dillon takes a look back on Read More

How Data Can Create a Better Brand Experience

Drew Diskin, director of marketing technology for Virtua Health

Data available to marketers today is key to creating brand experiences that last, but only when used at patients’ decision points. Drew Diskin, director of marketing technology for Virtua Health, recently shared how the healthcare system underwent a departmental transformation that resulted in a unique approach to being agile with data. eHST: In general, where Read More

New Mobile App Increases Engagement and Access

Shane Davis, director of information technology at Hardtner Medical Center

In early 2018, the team at Hardtner Medical Center was searching for an innovative way to engage patients and increase usage of its patient portal. It had tried emails, advertisements, flyers — even billboards. But one tactic it hadn’t tried yet was a mobile app. “We needed to figure out a better way to promote Read More

Why Digital Accessibility Is a Crucial Component of Patient Care

“[W]e must acknowledge the unmatched role of hospitals and health systems as caretakers of our communities,” says Keir Bradshaw, executive vice president of MERGE. “Digital accessibility goes beyond mere compliance measures. It’s a way to extend care to the community just as compassionately online as we do on-site.” Read on for an excerpt of Bradshaw’s Read More

Who’s In Charge of Your Brand Management? Google.

“Healthcare organizations are finding out that winning in today’s highly competitive and increasingly digital market requires a new approach — one that aligns marketing and brand management with patient experience (PX),” says Patric Wiesmann of Reputation.com. “And that alignment is happening more often on Google and not your healthcare organization’s website.” Here’s an excerpt from Read More

How Your System Can Leverage the Benefits of Voice

Nate Treloar, president and COO, Orbita

Over the past 25 years, healthcare marketers have experienced several waves of digital disruption, from the adoption of the web to SEO, social media, and mobile devices. The latest wave? Voice. But voice assistants are not just a trendy marketing tool — they can provide many benefits for patients, health systems, and clinicians: Patients are Read More

An EHR Solution Designed with Doctors in Mind

Doug Cusick, president and CEO, TransformativeMed

Electronic health records (EHR) have changed the way the healthcare industry works. In the 10 years since then-president Barack Obama signed a law to accelerate digitization of health records, hospital EHR adoption has increased from 9 percent to 96 percent, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Despite high Read More

Don’t Lose Sight of Your Humanity Amidst Your Technology

“Technology is ubiquitous. And it seems to me that in many cases, personal interactions have suffered with its growth. As I ponder the effects of a digitized world, I wonder about its consequences for healthcare consumers,” says Christy Pretzinger of WriterGirl, a nationally recognized healthcare content consultancy. Here’s an excerpt from Pretzinger’s new article: When we Read More

Is Your System Less Secure Than You Think?

If you think it’s expensive and time-consuming to protect your healthcare organization’s data, you’re right. But just look at the cost of not having a solid security program and experiencing a healthcare breach. You needn’t look far. A breach can be financially devastating. It will ruin your reputation. It will call into question your organization’s Read More

A New Plus of Telehealth: Reducing Physician Burnout

Michael Farrell, senior vice president of hospitals and health systems, MDLIVE

Consumers want faster access to healthcare, providers want to improve the patient relationship, and reimbursement rates for telemedicine are getting better. Combine these factors and it becomes clear — telemedicine is going mainstream. Telemedicine claims have increased 624 percent from 2014 to 2018, according to FAIR Health, a nonprofit healthcare data collection company. Most of Read More

The Push for Healthcare Price Transparency

Jane Weber Brubaker

In a TED Talk earlier this year, Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts.com, describes a situation that is all too familiar. Three members of her family had minor surgery, comparable in scope, each requiring about half an hour. The bills, just looking at anesthesia, ranged from $2,000 to $6,000. “It got me thinking,” she Read More

Is Your Content Ready for Voice Search? It Needs To Be.

“Soon, if your household doesn’t have a voice assistant, you’ll be in the minority,” says Ahava Leibtag, president and owner of Aha Media Group. “NPR reports that 14 million people in the U.S. got their first smart speaker device in 2018.” Leibtag says healthcare websites need voice-optimized health content now more than ever. Here’s an Read More

How To Merge 24 Sites Across Two Separate Health Systems

Evelyn Meneghin, assistant vice president of interactive services, RWJBarnabas Health

Anyone who has worked in healthcare communications and digital marketing understands that a website relaunch project can be a daunting task. But one that involves merging 24 existing websites across two separate health systems sounds downright intimidating. In early 2017, that’s exactly what the RWJBarnabas Health web team was facing. They were on the hook Read More

Content When Content Wasn’t Cool: 10 Years Later

Rebecca Stewart, executive content strategist, Hartford HealthCare

On any given week across the state of Connecticut, there are broadcast segments on four local news networks, radio stations, and social media. What makes these segments different? They are all produced by an in-house strategic content and production team at Hartford HealthCare. The team of four people responsible for developing content for Hartford HealthCare Read More

Why a Customized Online Consumer Experience Is Essential

Carrie Liken, head of healthcare industry at Yext

“Personalization has been creeping into our lives over the past 5 to 10 years. It’s gotten even more intense with the release of the iPhone,” says Carrie Liken, head of industry for healthcare at Yext. “No two smartphone home screens are the same.” Here’s an excerpt from Liken’s new eHST article: Starbucks has personalized our Read More

Are You Making the Most of Your Referral Opportunities?

Jane Weber Brubaker

If you wear glasses, you probably remember putting them on for the first time. Everything was in focus! The difference was probably startling – all those details you couldn’t see before became crystal clear. The right technology tool can empower you in a similar way. You can see things more clearly, and the before-and-after makes Read More

Healthcare Website Accessibility: Factors to Consider

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law 29 years ago, covers much more than ramps and rails. Today, accessibility includes the internet and the digital accommodations required for people with vision, hearing, speech, cognitive, or mobility impairments. More than 56 million Americans live with a disability. Ensuring that your website is easily navigated Read More

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