COVID-19

Restarting Elective Procedures in an Orderly and Efficient Way

Hitting the pause button on elective procedures has resulted in deep financial losses across all U.S. health systems, and they now face immense pressure to recover financially, as quickly as possible. In Ohio, nonessential elective procedures stopped on March 18 and didn’t reopen until May 1. Even now, only elective procedures that do not require Read More

New Technology Provides Real Solutions In Real Time

Unity Stoakes, co-founder, president, and managing partner of StartUp Health

The COVID-19 pandemic brought health system leaders a myriad of brand-new questions, and precious little time to find solutions. How can we effectively triage COVID-19 patients? How can we predict COVID-19’s impact on our health system going forward? How can we estimate our capacity for elective surgeries and other vital services when the time comes? Read More

Three Technologies That Healthcare Turned To in 2020

// By Sachin Kalra // Our reality has been split in two by the coronavirus pandemic. There is the reality of what was important pre-coronavirus and what is important now. It has forced a rapid rethink of priorities, as medical institutions try to save as many lives as they can while dealing with pressures that Read More

Where Do We Go From Here? Community Ties Are Vital.

Jean Hitchcock, president of Hitchcock Marketing and Communications

If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, it is that there appears to be renewed respect between communities and the hospitals that serve them. “A lot of healthcare providers have suffered from the loss of their leading roles in their communities,” says Jean Hitchcock, president of Hitchcock Marketing and Communications in Woodstock, Read More

This Is Telehealth’s Moment: Is Your Organization Prepared?

Jeff Sargent, director of virtual health at Connecticut Children’s

As healthcare consumers nationwide are still being urged to stay home when possible, the surge in demand for virtual visits has provider organizations nationwide scrambling to scale up telehealth capabilities if they have them — or stand them up if not. What does it take to completely change the way you deliver care, practically overnight? Read More

Pregnancy Prep Classes Move Online During Pandemic

Debbie Young, customer relations manager at InJoy

Not long after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 hit the United States, hospitals began to cancel on-site programs and events, particularly those for at-risk populations. Expectant mothers are among the group of people considered to be vulnerable to the coronavirus because their immune system is compromised while they’re pregnant. According to the CDC: “Pregnant Read More

eHealthcare Leadership Awards: Call for 2020 Entries Now Open

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If there was ever a perfect time to recognize great marketing and communications in healthcare, this is it. Throughout 2020, healthcare marketing and communications professionals have proven their ingenuity, sensitivity, and adaptability to changes taking place at breathtaking speed. As the coronavirus pandemic began to unfold, leaders from hospitals and health systems were ahead of Read More

How To Start Pivoting Back to Service-Line Marketing

Dan Dunlop, Jennings

“Right now, our hospitals and health systems are facing far more than a public health crisis; they are facing a financial crisis that could threaten their very survival,” say Dan Dunlop of Jennings and healthcare branding specialist Jared Johnson. Here’s an excerpt from their new article: COVID-19 may be with us for a while, but Read More

2020 eHealthcare Leadership Awards: Call for Entries Opens May 20

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // If there was ever a perfect time to recognize great marketing and communications in healthcare, it’s this year — 2020. As we open the call for entries for the eHealthcare Leadership Awards, we recognize that the last 12 months can justifiably be divided into three parts: pre-coronavirus, COVID-19 surge, Read More

How Can Hospitals Recharge Business Development as the Recovery Begins?

Jared Johnson

Ask the Expert, with Kelly David, APR, Director of Marketing and Business Development at St. Joseph Healthcare // By Jared Johnson // The COVID-19 pandemic has changed long-term business priorities for hospitals and health systems. One key to new business development during the recovery phase will be the direct communications tools that have been used Read More

Healthcare Marketing in a COVID-19 World: What Hospitals and Health Systems Should Know About Marketing During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

// By Jim Samuel // If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, it is that there appears to be renewed respect between communities and the hospitals that serve them. That’s one of the conclusions expressed during a recent panel discussion hosted online by Scorpion Healthcare and moderated by Brian Q. Davis, executive Read More

You’re Getting a Lot of COVID-Related Traffic. Here’s What To Do With It.

“Healthcare doesn’t stop, especially in a crisis,” notes David Sturtz of Geonetric. “Healthcare marketers need to deliver timely, accurate information now more than ever. There’s no doubt Google is a key player in your communication strategy.” Here’s an excerpt from his new article for us: As you think about how to work with Google, there Read More

Technology That Allows Patients To Self-Triage

Dave Wieneke is the healthcare innovation director at PK

“We are living in a world already changed,” says Dave Wieneke, healthcare innovation director at PK. “Unlike even 60 days ago, we face a new imperative to embrace social distancing to save lives and preserve clinical capacity. If history has taught us anything, it’s that times of crisis drive innovation.” Here’s an excerpt from Wieneke’s Read More

Telemedicine Is a Lifeline During COVID-19 Pandemic

Puneet Maheshwari, CEO and co-founder of DocASAP

As COVID-19 creates chaos throughout the U.S. healthcare system, caring for people with other illnesses and routine provider appointments presents a challenge. Scheduled appointments or wellness visits are being canceled because of social distancing mandates or state lockdowns, and providers aren’t sure how or when to accept new patients. Patients with chronic illnesses who can’t Read More

Preparing Your Post-Pandemic Marketing Strategy, Part I

// By Dan Dunlop and Jared Johnson // Right now, our hospitals and health systems are facing far more than a public health crisis; they are facing a financial crisis that could threaten their very survival. It is estimated that hospitals and health systems are losing 25 to 40 percent of their revenue as a 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

Your Regular Marketing Plan Is Out the Window Right Now. Do This Instead.

Alan Shoebridge, director of marketing and communications at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced healthcare organizations to develop and execute crisis marketing plans. A crisis marketing plan addresses brand management with the goal of avoiding disconnects and establishes processes for rapidly redirecting messaging from service line campaigns to patient safety and health. Alan Shoebridge, director of marketing at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and Read More

COVID-19 Crisis Creates Telemedicine Boom

// By Wendy Stark Healy // As COVID-19 creates chaos throughout the U.S. healthcare system, caring for people with other illnesses and routine provider appointments presents a challenge. Scheduled appointments or wellness visits are being canceled because of social distancing mandates or state lockdowns, and providers aren’t sure how or when to accept new patients. Read More