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Are Your Videos in Compliance With WCAG Guidelines? Maybe Not.

Anthony Vivian, video production manager at Baptist Health

Since the start of the pandemic, YouTube viewership in the U.S. has gone up, way up — 450 million hours of content watched per day in 2020, up from 250 million watch hours daily in 2019. While the platform delivers on serving up content to teach you how to knit, show you how to beat Read More

Using AI To Help Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

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“As COVID-19 vaccine rollouts continue, it is clear that hope is on the horizon,” says Betsy Keller of Welltok. “But healthcare marketers know there are still challenges ahead in overcoming vaccine hesitancy before we inoculate enough people to achieve herd immunity and return to a more normal way of life.” Here’s an excerpt from Keller’s Read More

eHealthcare Monthly Roundup #1

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Watch the pilot episode of our monthly video roundup of the latest stories from eHealthcare Strategy & Trends. A low-tech inpatient telehealth solution at Boston Children’s Hospital. Marketing lessons from Futurescan. Physician social media ambassadors at Mount Sinai Health System. An interview with the principal transformation consultant for strategy and digital health at Henry Ford Health System. And creating connected digital experiences at Baystate Health and Banner Health.

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Learn How One System Is Fighting COVID Via Digital Transformation

COVID-19 has disrupted American healthcare — killing more than half a million people, including more than 2,900 healthcare workers; challenging bed and equipment capacity; and canceling elective health services. But it also has sped up digital transformation of healthcare and brought to the forefront innovative approaches to how patients receive care. Providence, a Seattle-based 51-hospital Read More

How Technology Can Help Manage the Crush of Vaccine Demand

On January 13, the headline on read “Major expansion of New Jersey COVID vaccine eligibility starts tomorrow.” Overnight, 4.47 million New Jersey residents age 65 and older and those between 16 and 64 with certain medical conditions became eligible to receive a vaccination at one of the state’s 123 approved sites. “New Jersey opened Read More

Banner Health Shifts to Consumer-First Zero-Click Strategy

2020 marked the end of a decade-long period in which MarTech teams focused their time on learning the rules of engagement for channels such as social media, mobile apps, and responsive websites. But a single platform or tool doesn’t meet complex consumer needs. Hospitals and health systems won’t be prepared to meet the changing needs Read More

At Mount Sinai Health System, Physicians Are Driving Social Media Success

Social media plays an important role in many healthcare systems’ efforts to promote their brands, engage their audiences, and share valuable information with their communities. Mount Sinai Health System is no exception. Its 905,000 social media followers across the system make it the top health system on social media regionally and number three nationally. The Read More

How QR Codes Made a Healthcare Comeback in 2020

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

Last year, when every hospital had to pivot quickly to adapt to the realities of COVID-19, clinicians at Boston Children’s Hospital approached the digital strategy team for help. They wanted to see if QR codes could be used to facilitate in-hospital teleconferencing for COVID-19 patients. “They needed 500 and something [QR codes] for every room Read More

How COVID Has Accelerated Healthcare Consumerism

Jane Sarasohn Kahn

Healthcare is undergoing dramatic change. Whether the change is in response to growing consumer pressures, technological advances, or the COVID-19 pandemic, it is bringing new challenges and opportunities for healthcare marketers. The American Hospital Association’s Society for Health Care Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) publication Futurescan looks at some of the most important and impactful Read More

Even the Experts Have Trouble Finding Specialists

“Few things are more routine — pre-pandemic, anyway — than the semiannual dental cleaning,” says Neal Linkon. “Routine, that is, until the dentist stops in for a quick exam and asks: ‘How long have you had that white spot on your tongue?’ “I had no idea what she was talking about. But the quarter-size white Read More

A New Way for Health Care Marketers To Reach Moms: Pinterest

If you’re trying to reach mothers — the primary healthcare decision-makers in most households — then Pinterest may be an attractive opportunity for your health system. As of October 2020, U.S. monthly active users on Pinterest numbered 98 million, and more than 78 percent are female. Pinterest reported in March 2019, the month before it Read More

Yes, You Can Get Personal Without Violating HIPAA

While 75 percent of consumers prefer to do business with organizations that create a personal, relevant shopping experience, 60 percent don’t think the communications they receive from healthcare institutions meet the mark. With more and more patient acquisition processes occurring online — from health research to appointment scheduling — dynamic personalization presents an opportunity to Read More

How To Encourage the Reluctant To Get Vaccinated

Three experts from Geonetric recently shared tips for overcoming community hesitancy and misinformation about getting vaccinated. “There’s a lot of interest in this topic,” says David Sturtz, vice president of marketing and business development. Sturtz, along with Stella Hart, content strategist and writer, and Tim Lane, director of digital marketing, reviewed data concerning people’s beliefs Read More

Leverage Your EHR To Boost Your Marketing Efforts

Ryan Younger, Virtua Health

When Virtua Health, a southern New Jersey-based health system, acquired Lourdes Health System in 2019, the leadership team decided it would be a good time to continue to build on how the now five-hospital system was investing in its marketing initiatives. “[The marketing department] had an opportunity to build technology platforms that could help them Read More

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?

Ben Dillon Geonetric

“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

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