Consumer Engagement

Are You Meeting Healthcare Consumer Expectations?

Insights from New Study of Healthcare Consumers’ Digital Experience // By Becky Barney-Villano // Retail has done it for years. Restaurants have, too. Even the banking industry is now meeting consumer expectations for on-demand services with such capabilities as mobile deposits, and complicated mortgages are being closed with a few clicks from a smartphone. Healthcare Read More

Website Engagement: What It Means and How To Achieve It

Dagmara Scalise, AVP strategic services and healthcare practice lead, Primacy

“As the virtual front door to your organization, your website is perhaps the most important marketing platform outside of your onsite patient experience and actual physical environment,” says Dagmara Scalise, AVP strategic services and healthcare practice lead, Primacy. “And yet, if you’re like most, there’s a good chance it’s outdated, unwieldly, or worst of all, underperforming Read More

Think You’re Not in the Customer Service Business? Think Again.

Kyra Hagan

“Outside of healthcare, customer experience drives business,” notes Kyra Hagan, senior vice president and general manager, marketing & communications at Influence Health. “Retailers and hospitality providers have realized explosive revenue growth and brand loyalty by deploying best practices in customer engagement. Unfortunately, the healthcare industry has fallen behind by not truly treating prospects and patients Read More

Website Engagement: Marketing Doublespeak or Reachable Goal?

Dagmara Scalise, AVP strategic services and healthcare practice lead, Primacy

// By Dagmara Scalise // As the virtual front door to your organization, your website is perhaps the most important marketing platform outside of your onsite patient experience and actual physical environment. And yet, if you’re like most, there’s a good chance it’s outdated, unwieldly, or worst of all, underperforming on your marketing goals. (Assuming, Read More

Learning to Treat Healthcare Consumers Like Customers

Kyra Hagan

// By Kyra Hagan // Outside of healthcare, customer experience drives business. Retailers and hospitality providers have realized explosive revenue growth and brand loyalty by deploying best practices in customer engagement. What are those best practices? World-class customer experience requires tightly integrating cross-channel data to bridge digital and in-person encounters. Unfortunately, the healthcare industry has Read More

Ask the Expert: Rolling Out a Brand Overhaul

Nick Ragone, chief marketing officer of Ascension

Nick Ragone is senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer at Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S., with 2,500 sites of care in 24 states and the District of Columbia. He leads the “One Ascension” effort from the marketing side. “We decided as an organization that we really needed to Read More

Pandora Powers Targeted Reach to Healthcare Consumers for Hartford HealthCare

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About one-fourth of the U.S. population listens to Pandora. That’s 82 million active listeners every month. Pandora’s free, ad-supported personalized music streaming service generated more than $1 billion in advertising revenue in 2016. Healthcare advertisers like OhioHealth, featured in a recent eHST article, are getting impressive results on Pandora. We were intrigued. We wanted to Read More

Delivering a Consumer-Centric Quality and Safety Experience

Amber Welch, director of digital content for Ochsner Health System

// By Amber Welch // Need to book a hotel? Customer ratings and reviews are just a click away. Shopping for a car? You can easily compare features and overall quality on Consumer Reports. Looking for a new yoga class?  Read the reviews. But what about choosing a hospital, perhaps the most important purchase in Read More

What Is Ascension’s Marketing Vision for the Future?

Nick Ragone, chief marketing officer of Ascension

Ask the Expert, with Nick Ragone // By Jane Weber Brubaker // Nick Ragone is senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer at Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S., with 2,500 sites of care in 24 states and the District of Columbia. He leads the “One Ascension” effort from the Read More

7 Ways Pandora Drives Results for Healthcare Advertisers

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // About one-fourth of the U.S. population listens to Pandora. That’s 82 million active listeners every month. Pandora’s free, ad-supported personalized music streaming service generated more than $1 billion in advertising revenue in 2016. Healthcare advertisers like OhioHealth, featured in a recent eHST article, are getting impressive results on Pandora. Read More

The Perks and Perils of Live Video for Healthcare Marketing

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Live video is not for the faint of heart. Consider the jaw-dropping gaffe at this year’s Academy Awards, when Warren Beatty got the wrong envelope and broke the hearts of the La La Land producers. So why does the social media team at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin love live video? “When you’re forced to walk Read More

The Lure of Live Video—Are You Ready to Take the Leap?

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// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Live video is not for the faint of heart. Consider the jaw-dropping gaffe at this year’s Academy Awards, when Warren Beatty got the wrong envelope and broke the hearts of the La La Land producers. So why does the social media team at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin love live Read More

The Value of Following Patients Through the Care Continuum

Kris Altiere, Director of Marketing and Creative at Sequence Health

“You’re spending a lot to attract potential patients, but how well are you converting them, or nurturing them once you get their attention?” asks Kris Altiere, director of marketing and creative at Sequence Health. “Are you able to see where they are in the sequence of actions you’re trying to get them to take? Do Read More

APIs: The Digital Glue That Will Save Healthcare From Itself

Emily Kagan Trenchard, associate vice president of digital & innovations strategy, Northwell Health

// By Emily Kagan Trenchard // I just got back from HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, Florida, and if this national conference of health IT professionals had a message, it was this: Patient engagement is the goal, so interoperability is the key. Why is that? Because to truly boost consumer engagement, we need to get our Read More

And the Winner Is…

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Veteran Judges Discuss eHealthcare Leadership Award Program Recognizing Digital Initiatives // By Jane Weber Brubaker // When it comes to awards, landing on the podium is a cause for celebration. The annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards are the “Oscars” of healthcare digital marketing. Healthcare organizations of all sizes have the opportunity to shine the spotlight on Read More

How To Give Patients the Portal They Want

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In 2002, years before patient portals were a checkbox to qualify for meaningful use incentives under healthcare reform, MD Anderson Cancer Center created its own patient portal. myMDAnderson was launched in 2002. It gave patients a personalized electronic hub to organize all their information, and 24/7 online access. The tool has stood the test of time, Read More

An Insider’s View of the Digital Transformation of Healthcare

Mayur Gupta

Mayur Gupta is a marketing technology visionary with diverse industry background including C-level executive positions at Healthgrades, Kimberly-Clark, and Spotify. “The world is dramatically changing,” Gupta notes. “We finally have the consumer as the protagonist. [The main character is] no longer the retailer or the seller. The evolution that has happened over the past 10 Read More

Powering Patient-Centric Care with Data-Driven Solutions

Ajay Khanna

// By Ajay Khanna // With the emergence of value-based delivery models, the approach to healthcare is significantly evolving. In addition, there has been a significant shift in patient expectations. Patients today are looking for experiences similar to what they get as a consumer of retail, banking, or hospitality. They want to engage with the Read More

What Is the Role of a Marketing Technologist?

Mayur Gupta

Ask the Expert, with Marketing Technologist Mayur Gupta // By Jane Weber Brubaker // Mayur Gupta is a marketing technology visionary with diverse industry background including C-level executive positions at Healthgrades, Kimberly-Clark, and Spotify. In eHST’s latest interview, Gupta discusses the evolution of marketing from a multi-industry perspective, and shares his thoughts on how digital Read More

An Easy Patient Engagement Solution Hiding in Plain Sight

Allison Hart, Vice President of Marketing Communications at West

Looking for a technology solution to stay in closer touch with patients between visits? Maybe your patients over age 50 haven’t scheduled their colonoscopy yet. Some patients may need closer contact after being discharged from the hospital, or they have a chronic condition like diabetes, hypertension, or COPD and need to be monitored between office Read More

A Disney Strategy That Can Transform Your Website

Andy Gradel, System Director of Digital Marketing, Main Line Health

“Imagineering is a concept created by Walt Disney in 1952 as ‘the blending of creative imagination with technical know-how,’” says Andy Gradel, system director of digital marketing for Main Line Health in Philadelphia. “At its core, imagineering is rooted in storytelling, with projects using extensive theming, atmosphere, and attention to detail in an attempt to create attractions Read More