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The End of the Third-Party Data Era Is Coming Soon


If you use third-party data for your marketing, it’s time for you to start getting ready to do something different. That’s because new privacy laws around the world, as well as new measures from Apple and Google, will soon make using third-party data a thing of the past. Coming changes will give consumers more control Read More

Assess How You’re Collecting and Using Your Healthcare Data


“From digital data streams to artificial intelligence and predictive analytics, the prevalence and use of marketing data is growing exponentially,” says Daniel Fell of Optum. “According to a recent State of Marketing report from Salesforce, the median number of data sources used by marketers grew 50 percent from 2019 to 2021. And the report showed Read More

How To Optimize the 3 R’s: Right Care, Right Time, Right Setting


If your health system participates in value-based contracting, you have a vested interest in making sure you’re optimizing the three R’s: right care, right time, right setting. Easier said than done. So what is the secret to orchestrating all the variables that go into a patient’s decision to get care, choose a provider, and make Read More

Reactivate Existing Patients to Boost Revenue


“Patient churn is an expected part of any provider’s practice,” notes Shawn McKee of WebPT. “In fact, only 30 percent of physical therapy patients make it to the end of their treatment program before dropping out. As a result, practices may lose an average of $150,000 a year from patient dropout alone. “While the numbers Read More

What’s the Best Way to Measure Conversions?


Healthcare marketers ask a common and essential question when launching campaigns or important projects: “What does success look like?” Marketing success is typically measured in converted leads and improved loyalty. But nurturing potential customers in hopes that they will become consumers can be challenging. One marketing leader decided to study the process of lead conversion. Read More

How Chatbots Helped One System Reduce COVID-Related Call Volume

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A few hospitals and health systems have been using chatbots for several years, but they came into more widespread use last year to help deal with the high volume of phone calls and emails they received about COVID-19. One such system was Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. According to a news release from Read More

What Type of App Should You Implement?

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“Healthcare organizations are increasingly under enormous pressure to offer the best digital tools to their patients,” says Jared Mauskopf, CEO of Medical Web Experts. “But before you set out to develop a healthcare application, you’ll need to make a number of key decisions — not least whether you should opt for a mobile app or Read More

A Better Path To Optimized Omnichannel Marketing?


There’s a lot of fear around technology investments. They can be expensive, complicated, and hard to implement. You send out an RFP, get multiple proposals, and narrow the list down to a few finalists. You speak with references, get a proof of concept. You’re finally ready to pick the winner. Even with all the due Read More

Why Accurate Customer Data Is So Crucial – and Complex


“The data needed to run a modern healthcare marketing program is becoming vaster and more complex every day, and marketers will require ever more sophisticated tools to manage this data more efficiently and effectively in the future,” says Daniel Fell. Fell is a senior strategist with Optum and a member of the eHealthcare Strategy & Read More

Who Is Responsible for the Ethics of AI?


The Peter Parker Principle says, “With great power comes great responsibility.” It’s a phrase often attributed to Spiderman’s father as he talked about the superhero’s powers. But it could be equally applicable to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare today. That’s because while AI can bring significant capabilities to healthcare, it can also Read More

HCIC 2021 Is Live This Fall in Las Vegas: Learn What’s In Store


Viva live conferences! When HCIC convenes in Las Vegas in November, it will feel like a long-deferred family reunion. Virtual conferences and video chat have kept us safe and connected during COVID, but there’s nothing like the shared energy of an in-person meeting. This year is the 25th anniversary of HCIC. Launched in 1996 — Read More

Shift to Teletherapy Increases Access For Millions

Stuart Lustig

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected many people’s mental health. A Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll from July 2020 found that many adults reported difficulty sleeping or eating, increases in alcohol consumption or substance use, and worsening chronic conditions, due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. But the stay-at-home orders made seeking in-person Read More

Empathy, Not Judgment, To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

Rose Glenn

As the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads rapidly across the country, there is an increasingly urgent need to overcome vaccine hesitancy and access to care issues among the unvaccinated. Michigan Medicine is fielding a comprehensive vaccine hesitancy communications initiative that is strongly influenced by University of Michigan (U-M) research stressing the importance of being empathetic to Read More

Nudging People Toward Better Behavioral Choices

David Halpern

Most people want to be healthy. Many smokers lament their smoking and make plans to quit but don’t. Others have a new year’s resolution to lose weight, exercise more, or eat healthier but often fall short. The reality is, saying you want to do something is way easier than actually doing it, especially if you Read More

When Stewardship Is a Core Value, Cost Management Is Critical


AMITA Health is one of the largest health systems in Illinois and provides care to nearly 6.6 million residents of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The system consists of 15 acute care hospitals, four specialty hospitals, 20 urgent care centers, and outpatient care centers for primary care and many specialties. “At AMITA, one of our Read More

A Targeted Campaign Boosts Lung Cancer Screenings at Trinity Michigan

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“When it became clear in March 2020 that the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. had reached pandemic heights, federal health officials and cancer societies urged Americans to delay routine cancer screenings,” says Bradley Wensel, EVP and chief customer officer at Healthgrades. “Providers and consumers heeded those recommendations, which led to an abrupt drop in screenings, Read More

Making Virtual Visits Scalable and Sustainable


Even as healthcare organizations build out their marketing stacks to better reach, engage, and serve patients and prospective patients, health technology companies are building stacks of their own, for some of the same reasons — to help their clients improve patient access and convenience. NextGen Healthcare was named by KLAS in 2021 as the top Read More

What Will it Take to Move Healthcare to Full Digital Enablement?

Margo Schneider

“I really hope that in the next 10 years the term ‘digital health’ is retired because all healthcare will be digitally enabled,” says Margo Schneider, senior director of digital strategy at UW Medicine. Schneider, along with Tara Nooteboom, director of strategic and digital growth at Rush System for Health, and Prem Batchu-Green, customer experience designer Read More

eHST Monthly Video Update – June 2021

Watch this episode of our video update with stories from eHealthcare Strategy & Trends: Health systems use digital tools to connect people with vaccines. Top industry leaders share post-pandemic priorities. Lessons from higher education for digital fundraising in healthcare. How to raise your organization’s social justice profile. And an update on the 2021 eHealthcare Leadership Awards.

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One Expert’s Take on Why and How Telehealth Could Be Better


Telehealth skyrocketed during the pandemic as a way to keep patients and providers safe when in-person office visits weren’t absolutely necessary. The volume of virtual visits went from hundreds a month to thousands a day practically overnight, but the quality of the experience hasn’t always measured up. How do we make it better? To imagine Read More

Texting: A Surprisingly Simple Strategy for Coordinating Vaccine Appointments

Luma Health

With the rush to get Americans vaccinated, organizations struggled to find the best way to contact patients to coordinate vaccine appointments, especially when demand exceeded supply. Adnan Iqbal, CEO of Luma Health, a San Francisco-based patient engagement platform, found many clients wanted to use the platform to get patients signed up at the appropriate time. Read More

How Small Teams Are Executing Big Strategic Content Plans

Andrew King

The pandemic commandeered most of the marketing resources of healthcare organizations during the past year or so, but in the background, marketing teams have been steadily pushing key initiatives forward, laying the foundation for post-pandemic activities. Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health network based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, moved content from the organization’s WordPress blog into the Read More

Healthcare Data Is Growing, With a Profound Impact

“According to IDC, data in healthcare is expected to grow at a rate of 36 percent per year through 2025, outranking industries such as manufacturing, media, and financial services,” says Salchin Kalra, vice president of customer success at Infostretch. He says this is no accident. Read on for an excerpt from his new article: Data Read More

Tips To Prepare for Google’s New Core Web Vitals Algorithm

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Google is changing its search algorithm this month. Is your team prepared? With the new algorithm, called Core Web Vitals, Google will implement a new set of metrics that take into account page experience in search ranking. “Core Web Vitals is really getting at the overall experience of your page. Are users able to see Read More

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