COVID-19

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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eHealthcare Leadership Awards: A Microcosm of Our Field

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For more than two decades, the eHealthcare Leadership Awards have showcased creativity and innovation in digital communications that support healthcare organizations’ marketing and business goals, and enhance patient and consumer experiences. Here’s a message from the new co-chair of the awards, Susan Dubuque: I am honored to serve as co-chair for this year’s eHealthcare Leadership Read More

eHealthcare Leadership Awards Reflect the Evolution of Our Industry

Susan Dubuque, principal and co-founder of ndp

// By Susan Dubuque // For more than two decades, the eHealthcare Leadership Awards have showcased creativity and innovation in digital communications that support healthcare organizations’ marketing and business goals, and enhance patient and consumer experiences. I am honored to serve as co-chair for this year’s eHealthcare Leadership Awards. In preparing for this role, I Read More

It’s Time To Enter the 2022 eHealthcare Leadership Awards!

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Spring is here, and it’s time to turn your attention to the 2022 eHealthcare Leadership Awards. We’re pleased to announce that this year’s Call for Entries is officially open! In addition to affecting our overall lives in innumerable ways, the pandemic has certainly presented us with many challenges as healthcare marketers. Budgets were slashed due Read More

Call for Entries for the 2022 eHealthcare Leadership Awards Is Open

Susan Dubuque, principal and co-founder of ndp

A Note from the President: I’m pleased to announce that Susan Dubuque will co-chair this year’s eHealthcare Leadership Awards. Susan is cofounder of NDP Agency, a marketing and advertising firm based in Richmond, Virginia, and a nationally recognized expert in behavioral marketing. She literally wrote the book on marketing’s role in health improvement, Gearing Up Read More

Chris Boyer Explains the Potential of Capacity Marketing

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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

UCLA Health Wins Prestigious Mark Gothberg Award

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UCLA Health was one of three healthcare systems that received the prestigious Mark Gothberg eHealthcare Organizational Commitment Award at the 22nd Annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards held at HCIC in Las Vegas on November 4, 2021. This award is the highest honor conferred by eHealthcare Leadership Awards, with entries evaluated on an organization’s overall digital approach 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

UCLA Health One of Three Health Systems to Receive Top Award at 22nd Annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards Ceremony

Linda Ho

// By Marlene Kurban // As the pandemic surged in Southern California in 2020, leaders at UCLA Health posed the question, “What if we could turn digital products and tools that we were merely piloting into full-blown digital experiences?” UCLA Health was one of three healthcare systems that received the prestigious Mark Gothberg eHealthcare Organizational Read More

How Nebraska Medicine Stepped Up Its Already-Robust Communications During COVID

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Nebraska Medicine is a global leader in infectious diseases, and its experts have been in demand since the earliest days of the pandemic — locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Nebraska Medicine held the first U.S. COVID-19 press conference in January 2020, well before a global pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization. The following Read More

Launching a Better Physician Communications Strategy

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Hackensack Meridian Health needed a better way to communicate with its physicians. The Edison, New Jersey-based organization was like many health systems across the country, and relied on a combination of email, newsletters, electronic health records (EHR), and other methods to reach and engage its medical staff. “We had multiple ways to communicate with our Read More

How One New Jersey Health System Uses Digital Tools to Build Physician Engagement and Improve Communications

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// By Jim Samuel // Like many health systems throughout the nation, New Jersey’s Hackensack Meridian Health faced challenges when it came to communicating with physicians. A patchwork of multiple systems and methods resulted in poor communications and left doctors disengaged. The system used digital tools to solve the problem and build physician engagement. Hackensack Read More

Overcoming Pandemic-Related Team Communications Challenges

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“Hospital and health system marketers and digital teams can stand tall at the end of 2021 and look back at a year in which they triumphed over some of their greatest challenges yet,” writes Jared Johnson of the Healthcare Rap podcast; he is also a member of the eHST Editorial Advisory Board.  Here’s an excerpt Read More

Coming Together for Patients: 2021 Year in Review

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// By Jared Johnson // Hospital and health system marketers and digital teams can stand tall at the end of 2021 and look back at a year in which they triumphed over some of their greatest challenges yet. When considering everything that the industry went through and learned in 2021, it was a year that Read More

How Chatbots Helped One System Reduce COVID-Related Call Volume

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A few hospitals and health systems have been using chatbots for several years, but they came into more widespread use last year to help deal with the high volume of phone calls and emails they received about COVID-19. One such system was Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. According to a news release from Read More

Do Chatbots Speak Your Patients’ Language?

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// By Jim Samuel // Health systems have used chatbots on their websites for several years, and their usage increased with the COVID-19 pandemic. Now chatbot developers and health systems are looking to expand their use of chatbots into other areas of healthcare. If not implemented correctly, could chatbots increase inequity in our healthcare system? Read More

Empathy, Not Judgment, To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

Rose Glenn

As the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads rapidly across the country, there is an increasingly urgent need to overcome vaccine hesitancy and access to care issues among the unvaccinated. Michigan Medicine is fielding a comprehensive vaccine hesitancy communications initiative that is strongly influenced by University of Michigan (U-M) research stressing the importance of being empathetic to Read More

University of Michigan Research Instrumental in Shaping Communications to Overcome COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

Mary Masson

// By Brian Griffin // As the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads rapidly across the country, there is an increasingly urgent need to overcome vaccine hesitancy and access to care issues among the unvaccinated. Michigan Medicine’s communications strategy is based on research that shows patients want empathy, not lectures or bullying. Healthcare providers on the frontlines 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

Texting: A Surprisingly Simple Strategy for Coordinating Vaccine Appointments

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With the rush to get Americans vaccinated, organizations struggled to find the best way to contact patients to coordinate vaccine appointments, especially when demand exceeded supply. Adnan Iqbal, CEO of Luma Health, a San Francisco-based patient engagement platform, found many clients wanted to use the platform to get patients signed up at the appropriate time. Read More

Text Messaging Beats Out Email, Apps for Coordinating Vaccine and Other Appointments

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// By Althea Fung // Within the first three months of 2021, Chicago’s Cook County Health scheduled one million COVID-19 vaccination appointments, using text messaging at scale.  With the rush to get Americans vaccinated, organizations struggled to find the best way to contact patients to coordinate vaccine appointments, especially when demand exceeded supply. Adnan Iqbal, Read More

During a Crisis, Focus First on Communicating With Internal Stakeholders

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Among the many adjustments hospital and health system marketers have made during the coronavirus pandemic is placing a greater emphasis on internal communications. In many cases, the shift has been dramatic. Alan Shoebridge, director of marketing and communication at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) in west-central California, estimates that from the spring of 2020 Read More

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