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Time for a Brand-New Model of Care Delivery?

Predictions for 2021 are still anyone’s guess, according to Paul Szablowski: “The coronavirus continues to rage, and many economists are forecasting slow economic growth.” Nonetheless, Szablowski, an independent consultant and former senior vice president of brand experience at Texas Health Resources, sees room for hope: “Amid the uncertainty, there is opportunity. “Healthcare and digital health Read More

Yes, Consumerism Is Still a Factor When it Comes to Specialty Care

Heide Schulte, vice president of enterprise platform engagement at Healthgrades

Give someone a good experience, gain their trust, and you’ll earn their loyalty. That’s consumerism, the bargain consumers strike with any company they do business with, whether they’re shopping for products or services — including healthcare services. “Healthcare consumerism is looking at everything through the lens of the patient, even starting before they become a Read More

Online Reviews and Ratings: The Importance of Proactive Relationship Management

Ed Rafalski

The ratings and reviews that consumers post online can advance or damage the reputation of any organization, and healthcare is no exception. Online reputation management (ORM) and ongoing analysis of reviews have the potential to significantly improve the patient experience and positively influence customer lifetime value (CLV). BayCare Health System has spent the past two Read More

Well-Earned CRM “Magic” at Ochsner Health System

Is it possible for health systems to have their own version of “set it and forget it”? Can they really set up campaigns in their CRMs and let them run automatically based on pre-set rules? Maybe not right out of the gate, but with diligence, healthcare marketers can learn to crawl, then walk, then run Read More

How To Get the Marketing Dollars You Need in 2021

Tanya Andreadis, UCLA Health

The American Hospital Association estimates that hospitals and health systems across the country have lost more than $200 billion as a result of the pandemic, and total losses may top more than $320 billion by the end of 2020. With COVID-19 cases still surging, how will health systems address the healthcare needs of their communities Read More

How To Plan Digital Marketing Campaigns in an Uncertain Environment

Hospital digital teams continue to ask lots of questions about resuming and revising their digital marketing campaigns as COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise. For many, it continues to be a challenge to make decisions about how to revive key service-line campaigns while simultaneously mixing in COVID-19 informational messaging. JK Lloyd, president of Eruptr, recently Read More

How Has COVID-19 Affected Digital Healthcare Marketing?

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every industry in the U.S., but not all in the same way or to the same degree,” says Ben Dillon of Geonetric. “Healthcare’s experience has been unique, with the combination of shutdowns early in the crisis coupled with costly emergency response plans for many health systems. Teams pivoted to focus Read More

How COVID Has Changed Your Search Strategy

Carrie Liken, head of healthcare industry at Yext

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a defining moment for humanity. It has been equally defining for healthcare,” says Carrie Liken, head of industry, healthcare at Yext. Here’s an excerpt from Liken’s new article: As long as COVID is part of our world, people will travel less for care, and they will search more for local Read More

A Targeted Approach to Virtual Care Pays off for Rush University System for Health

Tatyana Popkova, system senior vice president and chief strategy officer, Rush University System for Health

The COVID-19 outbreak has been challenging for healthcare organizations, but one positive for marketers is that the pandemic has presented new opportunities to engage consumers digitally. When patients can’t see their providers in the office, they use virtual care or telemedicine services. Rush University System for Health, a network of physicians and hospitals in the Read More

Why It’s Crucial To Be Proactive About Your Reviews and Star Ratings

“Now more than ever before, reviews and star ratings influence consumers’ purchasing decisions, especially in retail,” says Ed Rafalski, Ph.D., MPH, FACHE, chief strategy and marketing officer, BayCare Health System. Here’s an excerpt from Ed’s new article: When it comes to healthcare, consumers are factoring pandemic safety measures taken by physicians and care facilities into Read More

How To Learn More From the Data You Are Already Collecting

Brandy Hill, director of marketing and public relations at Riverview Health

Health systems and hospitals can use data they already have to help set marketing priorities and determine the best use of their budgets, according to Brandy Hill, director of marketing and public relations at Riverview Health in Noblesville, Indiana, and Mahek Thakkar, manager of integrated marketing at Healthgrades. Hill says Riverview’s experience showed that brand Read More

Cleveland Clinic’s Successful Reactivation Program Returns to the Basics

Sue Omori, executive director, marketing account services at Cleveland Clinic

In this digitally saturated age, we’re all running as fast as we can to keep up with the latest marketing trends and technology innovations. But for Cleveland Clinic — a digital juggernaut — a simple reactivation program designed to bring back patients with chronic conditions is working well. Cleveland Clinic has been running reactivation programs Read More

Healthcare Logistics: Delivering Medical Essentials Via Drone

Keller Rinaudo, co-founder and CEO of Zipline

What does a healthcare logistics company that’s had success distributing medical supplies to remote healthcare facilities in rural Africa have to offer large, technologically advanced, geographically distributed health systems in the U.S.? Plenty. Zipline, whose mission is “to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies,” developed a system for delivery Read More

How Data and Analytics Can Help You Achieve Your Population Health Goals

Robert Perkins, director of outreach services for Intermountain Healthcare

Physician liaison and outreach departments should focus on more than volume growth and instead use data and analytics to help hospitals and health systems achieve their population health objectives. That, in turn, will help make outreach departments indispensable to senior leadership as they work to guide their organizations out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Intermountain Healthcare Read More

Using a CRM To Build a Multilayered Campaign at Johns Hopkins

Suzanne Sawyer, senior vice president and chief marketing communications officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine

Connecting the dots. That’s the value provided by a customer relationship management (CRM) database, a tool health system marketing and communications leaders increasingly use to deliver precision marketing to consumers and calculate accurate return on investment (ROI). Yet having a CRM is only one part of the digital marketing puzzle. Hospitals experiencing the highest level Read More

Consumers Now Control the Healthcare Marketing Experience

Kathy Divis, president and co-founder, Greystone.Net

It’s time to stop thinking about marketing as two separate components — traditional vs. digital — and blend the best tactics of each discipline. “Tradigital” combines the best of both strategies and is redefining healthcare marketing today. That is the message of healthcare marketing consultants Kathy Divis, president and co-founder, Greystone.Net, and Rob Klein, founder Read More

What Does Telehealth Look Like After the Pandemic?

Jennifer Humbert, AVP of telemedicine development and virtual inpatient monitoring, Ochsner CareConnect 360

When the pandemic blocked the normal channels of consumer access to healthcare, physicians’ groups, hospitals, and health systems around the country scrambled to establish or expand their telehealth capabilities. The question is, what happens next? What is the roadmap to scale and improve telehealth while the pandemic still rages, and what is the plan when Read More

COVID Has Pushed Technology, Including Chatbots, to the Forefront

“There’s no doubt that recent circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have reshaped the way hospitals and healthcare facilities connect with their patients,” says James Ramey of DeviceBits. “Shelter-in-place ordinances and stay-at-home mandates have forced many provider organizations to rely on technologies like chatbots and knowledge management tools that use artificial intelligence (AI) with machine learning (ML) to Read More

How Are Healthcare Organizations Preparing for a Post-COVID World?

Jenny Walker, director of digital engagement at CHRISTUS Health

Today’s environment is incredibly challenging for healthcare leaders, as the pressures and changes brought by COVID-19 have impacted the way they plan and implement marketing/communications within their organizations. Many have been asked to “do more with less,” but what does this mean? And how can organizations prepare for a post-COVID future rife with unknowns? Jenny Read More

Inherent (and Dangerous) Racism in Medical Algorithms

“In 2019, Optum’s medical algorithms were flagged for underestimating the needs of the sickest Black patients in its system,” writes Ndome Yvonne Essoka. “Hospitals and insurers all over the country use these algorithms daily to make healthcare decisions for hundreds of millions of Americans in the U.S. each year. The error highlighted flaws within healthcare Read More

Turning a Chatbot Into a Lifeline During COVID-19

Richard Rinaudot, digital marketing director for Adventist HealthCare

When Adventist HealthCare, a three-hospital system based in Gaithersburg, Maryland deployed a chatbot on its website in late 2018, it did so to connect with two distinct audiences. First, it asked the chatbot to give moms-to-be answers to their pregnancy and childbirth-related questions. Next, Adventist used the chatbot to provide customer support for the August Read More

How To Scale Your Telemedicine Program

Annie Haarmann, senior director of healthcare strategy,

COVID-19 brought about the explosion of telemedicine for obvious reasons — quick and convenient access between patient and provider, maintaining patient load to prevent appointment cancellations, and — most important — safety for both patients and providers. “Why would I want to go to a doctor’s office now if I don’t have to?” is today’s Read More

Healthcare Technology Gets a Pandemic-Related Boost

Dave Wieneke, healthcare innovation leader at PK

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced hospitals and health systems to quickly adopt new technology that has changed how Americans receive healthcare. One change has been a dramatic increase in the adoption of telehealth, says Dave Wieneke, healthcare innovation leader at PK, an international experience engineering firm. One large telehealth provider, Wieneke says, talked of experiencing Read More

Video Is on the Rise in the Post-COVID World


In Part I of a special two-article series for eHST, Dan Dunlop and Jared Johnson discussed a phased approach to marketing during the peak of the crisis and a plan for coming out of it. In Part II of the series, they discuss some of the new opportunities that are emerging during a time of Read More

Solving the Problem of Getting Timely Info to Physicians

If you’ve ever used Microsoft Office, you’re familiar with the ribbon — the horizontal toolbar at the top of the document loaded with icons that make it easy for users to change things like fonts, formatting, colors, layouts, and alignment with a single click. Now take that same concept and drop it into the electronic Read More

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