Physician Referrals

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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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

Using Data To Seamlessly Unite Two Systems

When South Carolina’s Greenville Health System merged with Palmetto Health in 2017 to create Prisma Health, the two systems did not know each other very well. They had different billing systems and different electronic health records (EHR). They even had different physician referral systems. “We didn’t know each other, and providers didn’t know what services Read More

Yes, Consumerism Is Still a Factor When it Comes to Specialty Care

Heide Schulte, vice president of enterprise platform engagement at Healthgrades

Give someone a good experience, gain their trust, and you’ll earn their loyalty. That’s consumerism, the bargain consumers strike with any company they do business with, whether they’re shopping for products or services — including healthcare services. “Healthcare consumerism is looking at everything through the lens of the patient, even starting before they become a Read More

How Data and Analytics Can Help You Achieve Your Population Health Goals

Robert Perkins, director of outreach services for Intermountain Healthcare

Physician liaison and outreach departments should focus on more than volume growth and instead use data and analytics to help hospitals and health systems achieve their population health objectives. That, in turn, will help make outreach departments indispensable to senior leadership as they work to guide their organizations out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Intermountain Healthcare Read More

Cutting Edge Outreach: Think Like a Data Scientist

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// By Jim Samuel // Data and analytics can help physician outreach teams focus their efforts to achieve more of their objectives and make themselves indispensable to their organizations. Physician liaison and outreach departments should focus on more than volume growth and instead use data and analytics to help hospitals and health systems achieve their Read More

Healthgrades’ Acquisition Creates New, Comprehensive Platform

Rob Draughon, CEO, Healthgrades

On January 7, Healthgrades announced its acquisition of consumer and physician engagement company Evariant. The combined assets of the two high-profile health tech companies create a comprehensive platform that Healthgrades CEO Rob Draughon hopes will be the right solution to meet the needs of the industry at a time of rapid growth and consolidation. “As 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

Are You Making the Most of Your Referral Opportunities?

Jane Weber Brubaker

If you wear glasses, you probably remember putting them on for the first time. Everything was in focus! The difference was probably startling – all those details you couldn’t see before became crystal clear. The right technology tool can empower you in a similar way. You can see things more clearly, and the before-and-after makes Read More

A Social Network Just for Physicians

Melanie Graham

Social media isn’t always an easy sell in the healthcare community. Not only do physicians have limited time to spend on social media, the platforms can be minefields of HIPAA and patient confidentiality violations. But at a time when value-based care is growing, communication between hospitals and providers is more important than ever. Social media, Read More

How Physician-Focused Social Networks Boost Physician Referrals

Peter Alperin, MD, vice president of connectivity solutions at Doximity

// By Melanie Graham //  Social media isn’t always an easy sell in the healthcare community. Not only do physicians have limited time to spend on social media, the platforms can be minefields of HIPAA and patient confidentiality violations. But at a time when value-based care is growing, communication between hospitals and providers is more Read More

An App That Facilitates Physician Referrals

Social media and mobile apps are an important part of any healthcare marketer’s toolkit; these technologies are crucial in building brand awareness and increasing patient volume. But what about their use in driving physician referrals? Most of the time a healthcare referral is made, it is made by a physician, not a consumer or patient. Read More

How to Optimize Your Hospital Website’s Find-a-Doctor Tool — and Put Users First

Noel Coleman, president of Doctor.com Enterprise

The strategic core of most hospital or health system websites is a strong and user-friendly physician directory, or “Find a Doctor” tool. Optimizing your strategy and your tool’s functionality is a digital healthcare marketing imperative. In last month’s article, Noel Coleman mapped five strategic goals for your “Find a Doctor” tool. In our new article, he offers Read More

Are You Maximizing Your “Find a Doctor” Strategy? (Part 2)

Noel Coleman, president of Doctor.com Enterprise

8 Steps to Strengthen Your Physician Directory Tools and Build Your Patient Base // By Noel Coleman // No hospital or health system website today is complete without including a strong and user-friendly physician directory, or “Find a Doctor” tool. This means that if your organization has not yet ventured fully into this area, there’s Read More

Align Your Physician Referrals To Boost Your Bottom Line

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If you could get a physician to refer 100 percent of his or her patients to your hospital or health system, what would that be worth? If the physician refers to specialists, such as neurosurgeons or orthopedic surgeons, it could be worth $2.5 million to $3 million in annual revenue, according to Bryce Bartel, CEO Read More