Kathy Wilets, Director of Public Relations and Content Marketing, UUHC

#HCSM: How (and Why) To Get Your Doctors Tweeting

Do you have a hard time getting your physicians to tweet or blog or post anything at all on social media? So did University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) before the organization found a way to crack the code. “I’m not going to lie, most of them needed some convincing,” says Libby Mitchell, Social Media Read More

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University of Utah Health Care Gives Docs Something to Tweet About

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Do you have a hard time getting your physicians to tweet or blog or post anything at all on social media? So did University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) before the organization found a way to crack the code. “I’m not going to lie, most of them needed some Read More

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Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Healthcare: Keep Watching

“If talk of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) brings to mind comically unfashionable goggles, a dearth of useful applications, and headache-inducing graphics, we’d understand. Until two or three years ago, we thought the same—they were technologies of the future and always would be. But we’ve come full circle in our thinking and so Read More

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Toni-Lynn Hansen, Director of Interactive Communications, Lahey Health

How To Fast-Track a Digital Campaign Launch

Could your health system launch a brand-new digital marketing campaign on four weeks’ notice? When funding for a marketing campaign materialized in the fall of 2015, Lahey Health’s Specializing in You campaign was fast-tracked, with a mandate to be in market by October 1. “The first email I got from our [marketing and communications] team Read More

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James Gardner

How Will Augmented and Virtual Reality Change Healthcare? 4 of Our Favorite Applications

// By James A. Gardner // “Virtual reality was once the dream of science fiction. But the Internet was also once a dream, and so were computers and smartphones. The future is coming.” —Facebook’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg If talk of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) brings to mind comically unfashionable goggles, Read More

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Toni-Lynn Hansen, Director of Interactive Communications, Lahey Health

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Has the Country’s Largest Live Liver Donor Transplant Program. Who Knew?

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // How many health systems do you know that could launch their first ever digital campaign on four weeks’ notice? When funding for a marketing campaign materialized in the fall of 2015, Lahey Health’s Specializing in You campaign was fast-tracked, with a mandate to be in market by October 1. Read More

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Take Two: Improve Your Video Storytelling Skills

Joel Philippsen, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Columbus Regional Health, believes in learning from his mistakes. “Video storytelling skills are developed over time. There are a lot of variables, and regardless of how much you prepare, don’t expect to get it completely right your first time. Over the years I’ve found techniques and situations that work well Read More

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Video Storytelling and Patient Testimonials for Healthcare Marketing: Learning from Experience and What I Would Do Differently

// By Joel Philippsen // Video storytelling skills are developed over time. There are a lot of variables, and regardless of how much you prepare, don’t expect to get it completely right your first time. Over the years I’ve found techniques and situations that work well and others that don’t work out so well. The Read More

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Video Patient Testimonials: The Power of Storytelling in Healthcare Marketing

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Jack Banks is on the facilities staff of Columbus Regional Health. “One day during his lunch break he had a pulmonary embolism here at the hospital and he collapsed,” says Joel Philippsen, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Columbus Regional Health. In the video that follows, produced by Philippsen, Jack shares Read More

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Allen Gottfried, Manager of Internet and Online Strategies at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System

Get The Most Out of Your Hospital’s Online Video Content

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much more is video worth?” asks Allen Gottfried, Manager of Internet and Online Strategies at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, New Jersey. “Last year, while attending HCIC in Orlando, I had the opportunity to speak about video marketing with digital marketers from healthcare systems Read More

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Allen Gottfried, Manager of Internet and Online Strategies at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System

How to Optimize Your Health System’s Video Content Online

// Ask the Expert, with Allen Gottfried // If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much more is video worth? We are visual, and moving images capture our attention. More than 300 hours of video are uploaded every minute to YouTube. Video is becoming the preferred method of information consumption for many. Last Read More

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Why Orlando Health Shifted to a Patient-First Strategy

The social media budget at Orlando Health will double next year. But the health system’s social media strategy was anything but robust four years ago when Chantal Stephens came on board as Director of Marketing and Physician Sales. “Social media at the time was a very small part of the marketing story. It was a Read More

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Orlando Health’s Patient-First Strategy Led by Disney, Ritz-Carlton Veteran

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // The social media budget at Orlando Health will double next year. But the health system’s social media strategy was anything but robust four years ago when Chantal Stephens came on board as Director of Marketing and Physician Sales. “Social media at the time was a very small part of Read More

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WellSpan Health Uses LionShare’s CRM and Marketing Automation Platform to Crack the Code on Portal Sign-ups

// Ask the Expert, with Caty Wolf // Caty Wolf is Manager of Marketing Communications at WellSpan Health, an integrated health system in central Pennsylvania. She is responsible for CRM and marketing automation, and works with LionShare’s business intelligence and CRM platform, DIATA®. WellSpan is using marketing automation to acquire and activate consumers on its Read More

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Successful Pay-Per-Click Campaigns Justify Bigger Budgets for North Shore-LIJ

In this week’s ezine, we take a look at a case study we’ve recently posted online that explores how the North-Shore-LIJ Health System used successful digital marketing campaigns for specific service lines to not only drive profitable volume, but also to justify greater investment in this type of healthcare marketing campaign. What if you could Read More

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North Shore-LIJ Health System Raises Brand Awareness and Drives Volume at a Low Cost Per Acquisition With Highly Measurable Digital Marketing Campaigns

What if you could reduce cost per acquisition by $200 or more compared to industry averages? “We’re running anywhere from 400 to 500 campaigns at a time across the country,” says J.K. Lloyd, President and Co-Founder of Eruptr, a Washington, D.C., digital marketing agency focused on healthcare. “We typically see campaigns that will convert for Read More

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Dan Dunlop, Jennings

Digital Physician Relations Pilot Changes Model, Connects Referring Physicians to MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Digital Resources Using Social Media

Ask the Expert with Dan Dunlop Dan Dunlop, President and CEO at Jennings, and Lyle Green, Associate Vice President, Physician Relations, MD Anderson Cancer Center co-authored The Digital Future of Physician Relations, an article that appeared in eHST in August 2013. In it, they introduced the concept of using digital to reach out to referring physicians. Read More

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10 Trends Dominating Digital Healthcare: Observations Inspired by Winners of the eHealthcare Leadership Awards

By Mark S. Gothberg The demands of healthcare reform and an increasingly competitive environment have led to accelerated digital innovation. During last year’s eHealthcare Leadership Awards program, I clearly observed that organizations have made major improvements in their websites and expanded social media. They are also using mobile applications to engage current and prospective customers Read More

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MidMichigan Health Multi-Channel Campaign Featuring Animated TV Spot Hits the Target

MidMichigan Health was succeeding at getting people in the community to participate in health risk assessments. The problem was, they were reaching the “worried well” and not people who needed intervention. To remedy the situation, MidMichigan launched an advertising campaign, working with creative agency Neathawk Dubuque & Packett. The centerpiece of the campaign is an Read More

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“Ask Dr. Internet” Campaign Drives New Patients to MidMichigan Health

We’ve all done it. A strange symptom appears out of nowhere and we go straight to the Internet to diagnose it, usually coming up with something far scarier than it actually turns out to be. That insight about human behavior provided the creative inspiration for MidMichigan Health’s “Ask Dr. Internet” TV commercial, the centerpiece of Read More

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Jane Weber Brubaker, Editor of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends

Brand Consolidation and Targeted Content Drive Results for Unitypoint Health

If your service area covers three states, and your health system’s name only includes one state, it’s time for a change. That’s what Iowa Health System concluded in 2013 when it changed its name to UnityPoint Health. The change was more than just a solution to a geographic misnomer. It represented an overhaul of the Read More

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UnityPoint Health’s Consumer-Centric Content Strategy Drives Search Engine Rankings, Traffic and Referrals

If you Google “deadly cancers” you’ll probably find a link to the Top Five Most Dangerous Cancers in Men and Women on page one of the search results page. The article and infographic was posted by Iowa-based UnityPoint Health, the fourth largest nondenominational health system in the U.S. UnityPoint has been busy optimizing its website Read More

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Online Patient Lead-Gen Forms: A Valid Way to Attract New Patients And Grow Service Lines

By Sheryl S. Jackson Online appointment request forms are not a new idea. In fact, physician offices and hospitals have incorporated them into their website design as one way to increase convenience to patients. At Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH), however, a strategic approach to information or appointment request forms has proven to be an effective marketing Read More

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Take Two: Team Size Does Not Limit Digital Marketing Success at Georgia’s Memorial Health

By Ed Lamb Memorial University Medical Center appears to have answered the question of how few full-time employees a large regional health system needs to maintain a comprehensive website, active accounts on all major social media platforms and a digital marketing program that produces impressive returns on investments. The number is two, with neither working Read More

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