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Where Do We Go From Here? Community Ties Are Vital.

Jean Hitchcock, president of Hitchcock Marketing and Communications

If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, it is that there appears to be renewed respect between communities and the hospitals that serve them. “A lot of healthcare providers have suffered from the loss of their leading roles in their communities,” says Jean Hitchcock, president of Hitchcock Marketing and Communications in Woodstock, Read More

This Is Telehealth’s Moment: Is Your Organization Prepared?

Jeff Sargent, director of virtual health at Connecticut Children’s

As healthcare consumers nationwide are still being urged to stay home when possible, the surge in demand for virtual visits has provider organizations nationwide scrambling to scale up telehealth capabilities if they have them — or stand them up if not. What does it take to completely change the way you deliver care, practically overnight? Read More

How To Start Pivoting Back to Service-Line Marketing

Dan Dunlop, Jennings

“Right now, our hospitals and health systems are facing far more than a public health crisis; they are facing a financial crisis that could threaten their very survival,” say Dan Dunlop of Jennings and healthcare branding specialist Jared Johnson. Here’s an excerpt from their new article: COVID-19 may be with us for a while, but Read More

Healthcare Marketing in a COVID-19 World: What Hospitals and Health Systems Should Know About Marketing During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

// By Jim Samuel // If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, it is that there appears to be renewed respect between communities and the hospitals that serve them. That’s one of the conclusions expressed during a recent panel discussion hosted online by Scorpion Healthcare and moderated by Brian Q. Davis, executive Read More

Telemedicine Is a Lifeline During COVID-19 Pandemic

Puneet Maheshwari, CEO and co-founder of DocASAP

As COVID-19 creates chaos throughout the U.S. healthcare system, caring for people with other illnesses and routine provider appointments presents a challenge. Scheduled appointments or wellness visits are being canceled because of social distancing mandates or state lockdowns, and providers aren’t sure how or when to accept new patients. Patients with chronic illnesses who can’t Read More

Preparing Your Post-Pandemic Marketing Strategy, Part I

// By Dan Dunlop and Jared Johnson // Right now, our hospitals and health systems are facing far more than a public health crisis; they are facing a financial crisis that could threaten their very survival. It is estimated that hospitals and health systems are losing 25 to 40 percent of their revenue as a Read More

Why Customer Experience Matters More Now Than Ever Before

Hardy Kalisher

“As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to swiftly — and perhaps permanently — alter daily life for millions of Americans, Customer Experience, or CX, can mean the difference between remaining vital and present to your customers and patients,” says Hardy Kalisher, chief client officer at Parallel Path. “Digital customer experience is more important now than Read More

COVID-19 Crisis Creates Telemedicine Boom

// By Wendy Stark Healy // As COVID-19 creates chaos throughout the U.S. healthcare system, caring for people with other illnesses and routine provider appointments presents a challenge. Scheduled appointments or wellness visits are being canceled because of social distancing mandates or state lockdowns, and providers aren’t sure how or when to accept new patients. Read More

Digital Customer Experience in the Time of Coronavirus

Hardy Kalisher

// By Hardy Kalisher // As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to swiftly — and perhaps permanently — alter daily life for millions of Americans, Customer Experience, or CX, can mean the difference between remaining vital and present to your customers and patients. Digital customer experience is more important now than ever. Healthcare organizations instill Read More

How Jefferson Health Is Successfully Leveraging Telehealth

Frank Sites, vice president of Connected Care operations at Jefferson Health

In an address to the Alliance for Connected Care Telehealth Policy Forum in 2018, CMS administrator Seema Verma said, “Telehealth is changing the very face of healthcare.” She’s right. Studies have found that telehealth programs have reduced 30-day hospital readmission rates for heart failure patients, sped up the time to treatment for patients experiencing a Read More

Moving Toward Consumerism: One System’s Digital Journey

Jeremy Rogers, executive director, digital marketing and experience at Indiana University (IU) Health

Jeremy Rogers is executive director, digital marketing and experience at Indiana University (IU) Health. IU Health and Loyal, led by president Brian Gresh, are partnering on multiple initiatives that fall under the broad heading of consumerism. “We knew we had to put the customer at the center of all of our decision-making,” Rogers says. Rogers Read More

Indiana University Health’s Digital Journey Toward Consumerism

Brian Gresh, president of Loyal

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Brian Gresh, president of Loyal, made an attention-grabbing statement during his presentation at HCIC 2019, Delivering on the Promise of an Empowered Digital Experience: “When it comes to healthcare, I don’t think there’s a single healthcare system out there that’s truly digital.” Coming from the person who is well 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

Patient Well-Being at the Center of Cone Health’s Website Relaunch

// By Melanie Graham // 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 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

Driving Brand Experience with Data

Ask the Expert, with Drew Diskin, Director of Marketing Technology, Virtua Health // By Jared Johnson // 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 with me how the healthcare system 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

Hardtner Medical Center Opens New Digital Front Door in Rural Louisiana

// By Melanie Graham // 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 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

How Health Systems Can Prepare for the Voice-First Future

// By Melanie Graham // 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 Read More

When Will Healthcare Be Ready for 5G?

Larry Kaiser, vice president of marketing and communications, Optimum Healthcare IT

// By Jared Johnson // As healthcare’s digital transformation continues, many providers and patients are beginning to dig into what 5G can bring. Industry leaders seem to be in general agreement that 5G will bring new opportunities to deliver on some of digital health’s revolutionary promises, but that we are still years away from devices 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

Telemedicine at Yale New Haven Health: Letting Patients Make the Call

// By Marcia Simon, APR // 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 Read More