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Why Digital Accessibility Is a Crucial Component of Patient Care

“[W]e must acknowledge the unmatched role of hospitals and health systems as caretakers of our communities,” says Keir Bradshaw, executive vice president of MERGE. “Digital accessibility goes beyond mere compliance measures. It’s a way to extend care to the community just as compassionately online as we do on-site.” Read on for an excerpt of Bradshaw’s Read More

Digital Accessibility: Why It Should Be a Matter of Culture, Not Compliance

// By Keir Bradshaw // Statistics paint a realistic picture of why healthcare organizations need to make their websites and other digital assets accessible to those with disabilities. For starters, there’s the fact that disability affects just over one in every four people1 living in U.S. communities. From a pure business perspective, hospitals and health systems simply can’t afford to shut the digital front door on 26 percent of their potential patient populations. Then Read More

Duke Health’s Ongoing Consumer Website Revitalization

Debbe Geiger, director of content strategy, Duke Health, with Chad Roberts, UX designer, Duke Health

It’s been more than five years since Duke Health relaunched its consumer website (DukeHealth.org), but the redesign process is far from over. “We planned for our website to evolve into an engaging user experience as we learned more about our audience, who they are, and why they’re coming to our site,” says Debbe Geiger, director Read More

Evolving Website Redesign: Duke Health’s Research-Driven Approach

Debbe Geiger, director of content strategy, Duke Health, with Chad Roberts, UX designer, Duke Health

// By Melanie Graham // It’s been more than five years since Duke Health relaunched its consumer website (DukeHealth.org), but the redesign process is far from over. “We planned for our website to evolve into an engaging user experience as we learned more about our audience, who they are, and why they’re coming to our Read More

Ochsner Launches Website with Consumers (and CTAs) in Mind

Amber Welch, director of digital content for Ochsner Health System

We recently spoke with Amber Welch, director of digital content for Ochsner Health System, about Ochsner’s recent efforts in creating its new state-of-the-art website and tracking the results. eHST: How has the consumerization of healthcare impacted Ochsner Health System and how you operate online and through your website? AW: Our online patients expect to find what Read More

Get the Most Out of Data Science Insights for Your Healthcare Marketing

Jared Johnson, manager, digital marketing services at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Data-driven marketing is the holy grail in today’s environment of accountability. To get there, many organizations are investing in data scientists. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of them. In our new article, Jared Johnson shares his experience from Year One of having a data scientist on-board. Until very recently, Johnson was manager of marketing technology and Read More

Healthcare Marketing Analytics: 6 Things We Learned with Our New Data Scientist

Jared Johnson, manager, digital marketing services at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

// By Jared Johnson // Data-driven marketing is the holy grail in today’s environment of accountability. To get there, many organizations are investing in data scientists. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of them. In this article, Jared Johnson, manager of marketing technology and analytics at Phoenix Children’s, shares his experience from Year One of having Read More

The Importance of Adopting an Accessibility Mindset for Healthcare Websites

Keith Bundy, accessibility community consultant

// By Keith Bundy // Keith Bundy is an accessibility community consultant at Siteimprove. The following article is based on his speech during the 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards. This year, we added accessibility as a scoring criterion in the Best Overall Internet category, combining a weighted score derived from Siteimprove’s Digital Certainty Index automated tool Read More

Small Medical Practice Gets Big Results from LOCALiQ

Dean Mitchell, MD, president of Mitchell Medical Group

Creating and maintaining a strong digital presence can be difficult for any healthcare organization. But for smaller groups with fewer resources, it can be particularly tough to compete online with more established systems. That’s where the latest technological advances can make a real difference.  This was the case for Mitchell Medical Group in New York Read More

Digital Marketing Strategy to Grow Medical Practice Brings Newsworthy Results

Dean Mitchell, MD, president of Mitchell Medical Group

// By Lisa D. Ellis // Creating and maintaining a strong digital presence can be difficult for any healthcare organization. But for smaller groups with fewer resources, it can be particularly tough to compete online with more established systems. That’s where the latest technological advances can make a real difference.  A Small Fish in a Read More

Customer Experience and Healthcare Consumerism: Are Providers Meeting Customer Expectations?

Matt Gove, chief consumer officer at Piedmont Healthcare

How well are providers meeting the expectations of healthcare consumers? Two recent surveys shed some light on the issue.

Doctor.com surveyed 1,718 patients in 2018 to assess their needs and preferences regarding the customer experience of healthcare.

The latest survey from Kaufman Hall, on the other hand, focuses on consumerism from the provider side, and offers an analysis of where 425 respondents from 200 healthcare organizations rate.

Penn Medicine’s Secret to Success? Analytics.

Penn Medicine Shield Logo

When you consider the elements needed for quality content, what do you think of? Skilled copywriters may come to mind, or maybe you think of killer creative from a professional graphic designer. But what about data? It may not be the first thing that pops into your head, but analytics are a key part of Read More

Research Update: Looking at Consumer Expectations from Both Sides

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // How is healthcare doing in terms of meeting customer expectations? Doctor.com surveyed 1,718 patients in 2018 to assess their needs and preferences regarding the customer experience of healthcare. Kaufman Hall’s latest survey focuses on consumerism from the provider side, and offers an analysis of where 425 respondents from 200 healthcare organizations rate themselves on everything from improving customer experience to providing price transparency. In this article, we’ll share highlights from both surveys, one confirming that consumers have high expectations of providers, the other showing positive movement but slow progress in meeting those expectations.

Content + Analytics: Penn Medicine’s Formula for Success

Suzanne Sawyer, vice president and chief marketing officer at Penn Medicine

// By Melanie Graham // When you consider the elements needed for quality content, what do you think of? Skilled copywriters may come to mind, or maybe you think of killer creative from a professional graphic designer. But what about data? It may not be the first thing that pops into your head, but analytics Read More

Data-Driven Marketing, A Successful Bariatric Campaign, and More

David Duvall, senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer, Novant Health

There’s so much to keep up with in our world of healthcare marketing, and in our new feature, Snippets, we want to give you brief highlights from some of the things that catch our attention in the digital realm, snippets of webinars, podcasts, and other content that just might help you solve your latest challenge. Read More

Innovation Shaping the Future at Jefferson Health

Steve Klasko

It’s appropriate that a health system named after the author of the famous document that begins with “When in the course of human events…” should demonstrate a strong commitment to human-centered design. Under the leadership of chief executive officer Steve Klasko, MD, MBA, recently named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People for 2018, Jefferson Read More

Inventive Minds Chart the Future at Jefferson Health

Jefferson Health Logo

[In the Lab] // By Jane Weber Brubaker // It’s appropriate that a health system named after the author of the famous document that begins with “When in the course of human events…” should demonstrate a strong commitment to human-centered design. Under the leadership of chief executive officer Steve Klasko, MD, MBA, recently named one Read More

New Technology Platform Automates Market Research

Steve Mast, president and chief innovation officer at Delvinia

Can traditional market research keep up with the need for speed in today’s digital environment? Maybe not, if studies are carried out in the traditional way. A new technology platform, Methodify, is helping health systems in our neighbor to the north accelerate the traditional market research process. Methodify enables organizations to collect feedback and insights Read More

Agile, Automated Market Research Platform Accelerates Insights

Methodify logo

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Can traditional market research keep up with the need for speed in today’s digital environment? Maybe not, if studies are carried out in the traditional way. A new technology platform, Methodify, is helping health systems in our neighbor to the north accelerate the traditional market research process. Methodify enables Read More

Lessons Learned From the Middle School Science Fair

Jared Johnson

“When a child wins the 6th-grade science fair, no one tells her, ‘Congrats! You’re going to make a great marketer one day!’ But maybe we should,” says Jared Johnson, a #DigitalHealth Top 100 Influencer and Phoenix Children’s manager of marketing technology and analytics. “The days of science and liberal arts being at opposite ends of Read More

What the Middle School Science Fair Can Teach Marketers

Jared Johnson

// By Jared Johnson // When a child wins the 6th-grade science fair, no one tells her, “Congrats! You’re going to make a great marketer one day!” But maybe we should. The days of science and liberal arts being at opposite ends of the career spectrum are fading away, replaced with a call for curious Read More

A New, Smarter CRM for Healthcare Marketers

Trilliant Healthcare Logo Square

Demands on health system marketing departments for growth and accountability are relentless. Data-driven marketing is the new imperative, yet marketing departments typically run lean, with lean budgets. Digital marketers have to be experts in web development, content management, social media, digital advertising, attribution modeling, multichannel marketing, and lately, big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Read More

Next-Generation CRM: Intelligent, Individualized, Automated

Darin Szilagyi, Methodist

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Demands on health system marketing departments for growth and accountability are relentless. Data-driven marketing is the new imperative, yet marketing departments typically run lean, with lean budgets. Digital marketers have to be experts in web development, content management, social media, digital advertising, attribution modeling, multichannel marketing, and lately, big Read More