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Does Your Health System Need a Primary Care Reactivation Campaign?

Cheryl Hodgson

Primary care plays a central role in the healthcare delivery system. But the COVID-19 pandemic upended primary care services. As a result, many primary care physicians closed their offices, offered reduced services, or used virtual care services to connect with patients. But when offices began to reopen, patients remained reticent to return. So is a Read More

Children’s Wisconsin App Makes Access to Care Easier for Families

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// By Jane Weber Brubaker // When a third of your families are MyChart power-users, you’d rock their world if you changed everything they’re familiar with. Instead, the Children’s Wisconsin branded app adds new features that parents want, built around the MyChart core. If you have a sick kid, you need a quick, easy way Read More

Collaboration: The New Gold Standard for Successful Healthcare Organizations

The pandemic had a silver lining. It took a wrecking ball to the walls that have separated internal departments within health systems. Organizations battling COVID-19 had to break down the silos, join forces, and learn to collaborate in new ways. These newly acquired skills are valuable in a post-pandemic world as well.

Health systems that forge internal alliances unleash their collective strengths and leverage competitive strengths to lead their organizations and the industry in innovation and transformation.

This report is a collection of our best articles on the value of collaboration, with interviews from healthcare leaders who have successfully built coalitions, worked across departmental lines, and brought teams together to accomplish what their organizations needed most.

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Looking Forward, Healthcare Needs To Focus More on Service

Michael Dowling

Each year since 1999, the Society for Health Care Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) produces Futurescan, a look at some of the major emerging trends likely to shape the healthcare industry in the next five years. The current edition spans 2022-2027. The topics cover a broad range of issues as we enter what we hope Read More

Using Digital Tools To Enhance the Patient Journey

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The coronavirus, growing consumerism, and increased competition are contributing to decreased patient loyalty and a heightened need for healthcare organizations to improve the patient experience through digital transformation. “The latest market research shows there’s been a sharp drop in loyalty over the past few years, especially during the pandemic,” says Ben Dillon, chief strategy officer Read More

Chris Boyer Explains the Potential of Capacity Marketing

Beth Israel Lahey Health

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals around the country are learning how to deal with its lasting effects on hospital operations. Some health systems are developing a new marketing style to best match patient needs with available services. To learn more about this shift in marketing focus, we spoke with Chris Boyer, vice president Read More

Highlights from Futurescan 2022-2027

Randy Oostra

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Can healthcare think and act like a service industry? How will Big Tech continue to challenge traditional healthcare? How will the industry adapt to new models that focus on care outside the hospital? Each year since 1999, the Society for Health Care Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) produces Futurescan, Read More

Improving the Patient Experience Through Digital Transformation

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// By Brian Griffin // Two health systems, one in Florida and one in South Dakota, are at the forefront of using technology to meet the rapidly changing expectations of healthcare consumers. The coronavirus, growing consumerism, and increased competition are contributing to decreased patient loyalty and a heightened need for healthcare organizations to improve the Read More

How Tech and Healthcare are Looking to Partner in Meaningful Ways

Lee-Vivian-Verily

It’s always interesting to see who’s included in Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and how the list changes over time. In 2019, for example, Dr. Atul Gawande, CEO of Haven, the joint venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase, was included in the rankings. By 2021, Haven had been disbanded. Read More

Is Capacity Marketing the Next Step for Health Systems? Ask the Expert, with Chris Boyer, Vice President of Digital Strategy & Marketing Intelligence, Beth Israel Lahey Health

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// By Jim Samuel // “What health systems have to do now is get a better understanding of their customers’ needs, where they’re seeking care, and start to market to them where there is the capacity for care,” says Boyer. Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals around the country are learning how to deal Read More

“The Happy Marriage of Health and Tech”

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// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Physicians leading the healthcare vertical in Big Tech companies are embracing the opportunity to leverage technology to solve healthcare’s biggest challenges. It’s always interesting to see who’s included in Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and how the list changes over time. In 2019, for example, Dr. Read More

How to Prevent Technology-Related Barriers to Care

Stacy Hurt

A group of industry innovators recently took part in a panel discussion hosted by Reuters Events™, “Taking Action to Eliminate Disparities and Advance Health Equity.” Technology was one of several topics these leaders covered during their wide-ranging conversation, moderated by patient engagement consultant Stacy Hurt. Hurt asked the panel, “How can we prevent technology from Read More

Health Equity and the Role of Technology

Patti Doykos

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Healthcare executives from Highmark Health, Virginia Mason, and Bristol Myers Squibb discuss the potential of technology to level the playing field in healthcare. Technology is a two-edged sword. It can help solve some of healthcare’s thorniest challenges, and it can also create problems, however unintended, particularly in the realm Read More

Virgin Pulse Acquires Welltok To Serve More Clients Across the Healthcare Spectrum

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In recent years, the healthcare industry has been moving away from its traditional focus on episodic care toward wellness, prevention, and population health. The recent acquisition of Welltok by Virgin Pulse in October 2021 underscores that this movement is coming from multiple directions. Welltok and Virgin Pulse have primarily focused on the employer and payer Read More

Virgin Pulse Acquires Welltok: Q&A with Christopher Michalak, CEO

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// By Jane Weber Brubaker // In recent years, the healthcare industry has been moving away from its traditional focus on episodic care toward wellness, prevention, and population health. The recent acquisition of Welltok by Virgin Pulse in October 2021 underscores that this movement is coming from multiple directions. Welltok and Virgin Pulse have primarily 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

Mobile App or Web App: Which Is Better for Your Organization?

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// By Jared Mauskopf // Healthcare organizations are increasingly under enormous pressure to offer the best digital tools to their patients. 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 a web app. 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

Creating a Digital-First Approach to Behavioral Healthcare

Michael Thompson

// By Althea Fung // 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 Read More

COVID Accelerates Digital-First Strategy at Two Systems

Morgan Griffith

Bon Secours Mercy Health, a 50-hospital health system spanning seven states and Ireland, was in the midst of redefining the patient journey experience when COVID hit. “We’re one of the five largest Catholic healthcare systems in the U.S. — we have thousands of points of care and 60,000 associates. So, as you can imagine, making 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

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