Petra Gregorová, senior software engineer at ConnectiveDX

Don’t Overlook the Importance of Page Speed

As the number of users accessing the internet from mobile devices continues to climb, an optimized mobile experience is becoming a must-have for healthcare and other industries. How long does it take your hospital website to load on a mobile device? According to a study by Google, 22 seconds is the average time to fully load Read More

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Petra Gregorová, senior software engineer at ConnectiveDX

Count to Three and They’re Gone — Why Page Speed Matters

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // As the number of users accessing the internet from mobile devices continues to climb, an optimized mobile experience is becoming a must-have for healthcare and other industries. Although many hospitals and health systems have incorporated responsive web design into their websites, that may be just the starting point. The Read More

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Ahava Leibtag, president and owner of Aha Media Group

Create Content to Increase Patient Engagement by 20 Percent — and Land in Google’s Quick Answers Box

// By Ahava Leibtag // In the spring of 2016, the marketing team at Aurora Health Care (Aurora) turned to Aha Media Group (Aha Media) to help it enhance and optimize its Heart and Vascular website content. The heart and vascular content, while warm and friendly, did not include the standout differentiators—such as nationally renowned Read More

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Healthcare Consumer Experience In 2017

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A Practical Guide for Healthcare Executives, Marketers, Clinicians, IT Professionals

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Kyra Hagan

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

“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

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William Gagnon, senior director of global digital strategy and customer engagement at Boston Children’s

CRM at the Helm of Long-Term Strategy at Boston Children’s

Managing change is hard, even for innovative organizations like Boston Children’s Hospital. “That’s something I hear in all the businesses I’ve worked with, from GE to Cigna to here,” says William Gagnon, senior director of global digital strategy and customer engagement at Boston Children’s. Digital transformation at Boston Children’s is laser-focused on making the shift Read More

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Kyra Hagan

Learning to Treat Healthcare Consumers Like Customers

// 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

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Short-Term Wins, Long-Term Strategy: CRM at Boston Children’s Hospital

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Managing change is hard, even for innovative organizations like Boston Children’s Hospital. “That’s something I hear in all the businesses I’ve worked with, from GE to Cigna to here,” says William Gagnon, senior director of global digital strategy and customer engagement at Boston Children’s. Change is risky, and healthcare Read More

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Healthcare Price Transparency: A Work in Progress

A growing percentage of consumers with employer-sponsored health insurance are choosing high-deductible health plans that have lower premiums. Citing data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, Becker’s reported that 24 percent of employees enrolled in high-deductible health plans in 2015, up from just 4 percent in 2006. The downside of HDHPs is that out-of-pocket costs are Read More

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Amber Welch, director of digital content for Ochsner Health System

Delivering a Consumer-Centric Quality and Safety Experience

// 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

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Average Price of Vaginal Delivery, by Facility. Source: HCI3 Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws—July 2016

How 5 Health Systems Are Tackling Price Transparency

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // The nature of our health system in the U.S. is that it is massively complicated, with many variables that impact price. It’s extremely challenging for health systems to give an answer to a patient who asks a seemingly simple question: How much will this cost me? First a provider Read More

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Where Do You Rank on the Hospital Digital Experience Index?

In most cases, a badly designed website isn’t life-threatening, but in healthcare, being able to find the right information at the right time could actually make a difference. Are health system websites equal to the task? How easy do they make it for consumers to quickly find what they’re looking for? HDX-15, the Hospital Digital Read More

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

Hospital Digital Experience Index: An Experiment to Define Website Benchmarks

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // A consumer’s experience on a website may be less than perfect at times. In most cases a badly designed website isn’t life-threatening, but in healthcare, being able to find the right information at the right time could actually make a difference. Are health system websites equal to the task? Read More

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Listening to the Voice of the Customer Dramatically Increases Portal Usage at MD Anderson

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // 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. But the motivation was not financially driven. “Patients were walking around with huge amounts of paper. You would see people—I’m not lying—with Read More

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How To Give Patients the Portal They Want

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

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

A Disney Strategy That Can Transform Your Website

“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

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Kathy Divis, President, Greystone.Net

Top Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends To Watch in 2017

Digital marketing in healthcare continues to evolve and grow in sophistication, according to Kathy Divis, president and co-founder of Greystone.Net (and member of the eHealthcare Strategy & Trends Editorial Advisory Board), and she has the data to prove it. “In our digital survey [The State of Digital Marketing in Healthcare Moving Toward 2017] we asked our Read More

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Kathy Divis, President, Greystone.Net

Gearing Up for 2017: Interview with Kathy Divis

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Digital marketing in healthcare continues to evolve and grow in sophistication, according to Kathy Divis, President and Co-Founder of Greystone.Net, and she has the data to prove it. “In our digital survey [The State of Digital Marketing in Healthcare Moving Toward 2017] we asked our respondents to compare their activities Read More

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Key Takeaways from the “The State of Digital Marketing in Healthcare Moving Toward 2017” survey from Greystone.Net and Klein & Partners

In this sidebar to our interview with Kathy Divis, we share some key data from their recent survey findings.

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

Have You “Imagineered” Your Site Lately?

// By Andy Gradel // Imagineering is a concept created by Walt Disney in 1952 as “the blending of creative imagination with technical know-how.” At its core, imagineering is rooted in storytelling, with projects using extensive theming, atmosphere, and attention to detail in an attempt to create attractions and themed layouts that will successfully lead Read More

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Shawn Gross, White Rhino

How To Create Engaging Physician Profiles That Get Results

“Patients turn to online doctor profiles to learn something meaningful about the person who’s going to be managing their health,” says Shawn Gross, Chief Digital Strategist, Healthcare Practice Lead for White Rhino in Lexington, Massachusetts. “But often these profiles are little more than an abbreviated resume: an academic history, professional credentials, and a headshot. They rarely convey Read More

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Shawn Gross, White Rhino

Reimagining the Online Doctor Profile

3 Strategies to Build Patient Trust and Drive More Online Appointments // By Shawn Gross // Patients turn to online doctor profiles to learn something meaningful about the person who’s going to be managing their health. But often these profiles are little more than an abbreviated resume: an academic history, professional credentials, and a headshot. Read More

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Aaron Watkins, Senior Director of Internet Strategy at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Mobile Strategy: Challenges and Successes at Johns Hopkins Medicine

After reading marketing automation software company Marketo’s Definitive Guide to Mobile Marketing, we asked Marketo how healthcare organizations compare to other types of organizations when it comes to mobile. Kristen Kaighn, Senior Product Marketing Manager, weighed in: “While 90 percent of healthcare providers claim to use mobile devices to engage with patients, only 48 percent Read More

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World Congress

Breaking Developments in Digital Healthcare Marketing

On September 29-30, the World Congress convened its third annual Hospital Marketing and Communications Summit in Boston, with presenters from Cleveland Clinic, Novant Health, Main Line Health, Presence Health, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Trinity Health, RWJBarnabas Health, and others. Several presentations discussed the evolution of hospital brands in an environment of consolidation. Presenters also explored the Read More

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Real-World Mobile Strategy at Johns Hopkins Medicine

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // After reading marketing automation software company Marketo’s Definitive Guide to Mobile Marketing, we asked Marketo how healthcare organizations compare to other types of organizations when it comes to mobile. Kristen Kaighn, Senior Product Marketing Manager, weighed in. Then we spoke to a digital marketing executive at a major health Read More

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