chatbots

The Rise of “Tradigital” Marketing

// By Wendy Stark Healy // 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 was the message of healthcare marketing consultants Kathy Divis, president and 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

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

Chatbots Reshape the Way COVID-19 Era Healthcare Facilities and Hospitals Connect with Patients

// By James Ramey // There’s no doubt that recent circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have reshaped the way hospitals and healthcare facilities connect with their patients. 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 a Chatbot Helped Adventist HealthCare Connect With Patients During COVID-19

Kyle Hardner

// By Kyle Hardner // 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 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

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

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

Looking Outside Your Organization To Drive Innovation

Sara Vaezy, chief digital strategy and business development officer, Providence St. Joseph Health

Much of healthcare innovation these days seems to be focused within organizations — hospitals striving to improve their patient experiences or make access to their healthcare simpler and easier. But at Providence St. Joseph Health, a 51-hospital system that spans seven states, innovation comes in many different forms and has far-reaching effects beyond the walls Read More

Indiana University Health’s Digital Journey Toward Consumerism

Brian Gresh, president at 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 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

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

Learn By Example To Improve the Customer Experience

Venkatesh Korla, CEO of Element Solutions

Regular readers of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends are likely familiar with the exciting advances in digital patient care and communications. Whether it’s improved chatbot experiences, personalized websites, or new uses for smart technology, healthcare is making some notable progress in how it delivers the patient experience. But when comparing this industry to others, healthcare can Read More

Optimizing the Patient Experience: Finding Inspiration in Retail, Manufacturing, and Finance Industries

// By Melanie Graham // Regular readers of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends are likely familiar with the exciting advances in digital patient care and communications. Whether it’s improved chatbot experiences, personalized websites, or new uses for smart technology, healthcare is making some notable progress in how it delivers the patient experience. But when comparing this Read More

The Key to Providing a Good Chatbot Experience

Brian Gresh, president at Loyal

Chatbots — a computer program or artificial intelligence (AI) that has text or voice conversations — are redefining customer service, especially in healthcare. A 2017 Juniper Research study found that healthcare providers that use chatbots can expect average time savings of just over four minutes per inquiry, with average cost savings in the range of Read More

How to Make Your Chatbot More Human-Like

Althea Fung

Continuing Evolution of Healthcare AI Improves Consumer Experience // By Althea Fung // Chatbots — a computer program or artificial intelligence (AI) that has text or voice conversations — are redefining customer service, especially in healthcare. A 2017 Juniper Research study found that healthcare providers that use chatbots can expect average time savings of just Read More

Digital Trends Affecting Healthcare in 2019

Chris Boyer, director of digital and analytics at University of Minnesota Health and Fairview Health

We asked Chris Boyer, 2018 Healthcare Internet Hall of Fame inductee, director of digital and analytics at University of Minnesota Health and Fairview Health, and host of the touch point podcast to weigh in on digital trends that will affect hospitals and health systems in 2019. Digital transformation is critical for all members of the Read More

Chris Boyer’s Crystal Ball: Top 7 Digital Trends in 2019

Chris Boyer, director of digital and analytics at University of Minnesota Health and Fairview Health

// By Sheryl Jackson // We asked Chris Boyer, 2018 Healthcare Internet Hall of Fame inductee, director of digital and analytics at University of Minnesota Health and Fairview Health, and host of the touch point podcast to weigh in on digital trends that will affect hospitals and health systems in 2019. Digital transformation is critical Read More

Dr. Google, You’re Fired

Andrew Le, MD, CEO and co-founder of Buoy

Froedtert Health Implements Buoy, an AI Tool That Provides Patients Possible Diagnoses and Recommends Treatment Options // By Jane Weber Brubaker // A Google search is often the starting point when someone has a health concern. But many consumers have been scared out of their wits by the results they find. “The joke you hear Read More

Tackling the Complexities of Online Scheduling

DocASAP Logo (Square)

Online scheduling is something we take for granted when it comes to making a dinner reservation or booking a flight. But it’s been a tough nut to crack for healthcare systems, and a source of frustration for patients when it’s not available. It seems like it should be easy. In reality, it’s complex. Upstream from Read More