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Highlights: 2018-19 Best Hospitals and Best Hospital Digital Experience

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Every August, U.S. News & World Report announces its “Best Hospitals Rankings and Ratings.” The “Honor Roll” is the top of the heap — a list of the 20 best hospitals overall. Inclusion on the Honor Roll is a highly coveted accolade, giving healthcare organizations a year’s worth of well-deserved bragging rights and strong motivation Read More

Nemours Children’s Launches Clinical Logistics Center, Bringing Air Traffic Control Strategies to Healthcare

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More than a decade ago, Stephen Lawless, MD, senior vice president and chief clinical officer at Nemours Children’s Health System, recognized similarities between hospitals and airports, and decided to adopt an air traffic control “command center” model to streamline operations in the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando. Nemours’ initiative, called the Clinical Logistics Center, is Read More

Is a Central “Command Center” in Your Future?

Learn how one health system developed a centralized unit to monitor its pediatric patients. // By Lisa D. Ellis // Managing the many events and crises that occur in a major children’s hospital requires a lot of oversight and coordination, not unlike skills used by air traffic controllers who coordinate flight patterns for busy airports. Read More

Voice Search Redefines The Healthcare Consumer Experience

Keir Bradshaw

“I’m Sorry, Dave, I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That…Yet.” // By Keir Bradshaw // In 1968, MGM Studios released the Stanley Kubrick/Arthur C. Clarke movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Although not the first representation of voice interaction with computer-based artificial intelligence, the narrative elements between the lead characters, Dave and HAL 9000, foreshadow the aspirations Read More

Customer Experience and Healthcare Consumerism: Are Providers Meeting Customer Expectations?

Matt Gove, chief consumer experience officer at Piedmont Health

How well are providers meeting the expectations of healthcare consumers? Two recent surveys shed some light on the issue.

Doctor.com surveyed 1,718 patients in 2018 to assess their needs and preferences regarding the customer experience of healthcare.

The latest survey from Kaufman Hall, on the other hand, focuses on consumerism from the provider side, and offers an analysis of where 425 respondents from 200 healthcare organizations rate.

Research Update: Looking at Consumer Expectations from Both Sides

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // How is healthcare doing in terms of meeting customer expectations? Doctor.com surveyed 1,718 patients in 2018 to assess their needs and preferences regarding the customer experience of healthcare. Kaufman Hall’s latest survey focuses on consumerism from the provider side, and offers an analysis of where 425 respondents from 200 healthcare organizations rate themselves on everything from improving customer experience to providing price transparency. In this article, we’ll share highlights from both surveys, one confirming that consumers have high expectations of providers, the other showing positive movement but slow progress in meeting those expectations.

Health Literacy 101: Don’t Frustrate Your Site Visitors

Stacy Robison, MPH, MCHES, president and co-founder of CommunicateHealth, Inc.

// By Lisa D. Ellis // Remember the last time you booked airline tickets, reserved a hotel room, or shopped online? Whether it was last week or last year, chances are that you had an excellent customer service experience. That’s because most major brands today understand the importance of catering to their online visitors and Read More

Data-Driven Marketing, A Successful Bariatric Campaign, and More

David Duvall, senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer, Novant Health

There’s so much to keep up with in our world of healthcare marketing, and in our new feature, Snippets, we want to give you brief highlights from some of the things that catch our attention in the digital realm, snippets of webinars, podcasts, and other content that just might help you solve your latest challenge. Read More

How and Why To Create Customer Journey Maps for Hospitals

Shawn Gross is chief digital strategist, healthcare practice lead, at White Rhino

“Great content marketing starts with understanding the customer’s journey,” says Shawn Gross, chief digital strategist, healthcare practice lead, at White Rhino. “Journey mapping has become a favorite marketing tool for visualizing the customer’s experience. But what exactly are journey maps, how do you create them, and what is the best way to apply them to Read More

Innovation Shaping the Future at Jefferson Health

Steve Klasko

It’s appropriate that a health system named after the author of the famous document that begins with “When in the course of human events…” should demonstrate a strong commitment to human-centered design. Under the leadership of chief executive officer Steve Klasko, MD, MBA, recently named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People for 2018, Jefferson Read More

Inventive Minds Chart the Future at Jefferson Health

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[In the Lab] // By Jane Weber Brubaker // It’s appropriate that a health system named after the author of the famous document that begins with “When in the course of human events…” should demonstrate a strong commitment to human-centered design. Under the leadership of chief executive officer Steve Klasko, MD, MBA, recently named one Read More

The Science of Hospital Journey Mapping

Shawn Gross is chief digital strategist, healthcare practice lead, at White Rhino

// By Shawn Gross // Great content marketing starts with understanding the customer’s journey. Journey mapping has become a favorite marketing tool for visualizing the customer’s experience. But what exactly are journey maps, how do you create them, and what is the best way to apply them to hospital marketing? At first glance, a customer’s Read More

Benchmarking Reveals Whether You’re a Leader or a Laggard

Ben Dillon

“Benchmarking your organization against your peers is something every health system wants to do,” says Ben Dillon, chief strategy officer at Geonetric and eHST Editorial Advisory Board member. “But in reality, how you compete is more nuanced than just comparing your organization to others by team or bed size. It’s neither easy to compare yourself to an average of Read More

Crawl Before You Walk, Walk Before You Run: Get Your SEO Fundamentals in Order

// By Mark Samber, PhD // Ranking high on search engine results pages (SERP) is probably the most important endeavor for any healthcare marketing department. After all, 60 to 70 percent of your potential customers (patients) search Google for providers. It is imperative that the bulk of your resources — infrastructure and marketing spend — Read More

4 Models for a Consumer-Centric Hospital Website

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Before redesigning your hospital website in 2018, consider these 4 models.

Hospital websites have traditionally been structured as static brochureware — featuring limited functionality and transactional capabilities. But with healthcare consumerism in full swing, the new standard for hospital website redesign is inspired by best practices from leading B2B and B2C brands that treat their sites as living, breathing experiences.

In this eBook, you’ll learn about four modern and practical models for a more consumer-centric hospital website that also delivers measurable ROI for your C-suite. Explore how you can:

  • Create a scalable platform for integrated service line marketing programs
  • Weave inbound and content marketing strategies throughout your site
  • Deliver a more personalized web experience with the help of your EHR
  • Manage important internal cultural shifts as you embark on a redesign

You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look at one redesign that earned recognition from the eHealthcare Leadership Awards for its Google-inspired search.

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New Asthma App Facilitates At-Home Care

PJ Gorenc, operating officer for the Nemours Center for Health Delivery Innovation

In 2018, the patient digital toolkit is ever expanding. Between electronic health records, smartphones, texting, and telehealth, patients have access to a wide range of digital resources. The problem is that multiple resources come with multiple logins, passwords, and in-app experiences. Digital health can be a little overwhelming and disjointed. Recently, innovators at Nemours Children’s Read More

New Technology Platform Automates Market Research

Steve Mast, president and chief innovation officer at Delvinia

Can traditional market research keep up with the need for speed in today’s digital environment? Maybe not, if studies are carried out in the traditional way. A new technology platform, Methodify, is helping health systems in our neighbor to the north accelerate the traditional market research process. Methodify enables organizations to collect feedback and insights Read More

3 Platinum Award Winners Show How Digital Marketing Is Done

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // As healthcare organizations grow in digital marketing sophistication, they raise the bar for others, creating powerful multichannel campaigns that drive measurable results. Three organizations achieved top honors in the category of Best Marketing Campaign in the 2017 eHealthcare Leadership Awards, winning Platinum Awards. This category gives organizations the opportunity Read More

Creating a Seamless Digital Experience for Pediatric Patient Families

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Nemours Launches Powerful App for Asthma Patients // By Melanie Graham // In 2018, the patient digital toolkit is ever expanding. Between electronic health records, smartphones, texting, and telehealth, patients have access to a wide range of digital resources. The problem is that multiple resources come with multiple logins, passwords, and in-app experiences. Digital health Read More

Definitive Guide to Healthcare CMS

Influence Health Definitive Guide to Healthcare CMS

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Download this guide and get the answers to all your questions and more including:

  • Does my organization need a new healthcare website and content management system (CMS) solution?
  • What deployment model is right for us?
  • How do changing consumer behaviors impact our selection?
  • What common and advanced features should a contemporary healthcare CMS include?
  • What steps should we take to select the right CMS for our needs?
  • How do we build a business case and convince internal stakeholders to act?
  • How does my organization advance its personalization strategy?
  • How do we measure CMS success?
  • What does the future of healthcare CMS look like?

We’ve also included tactical tips and a worksheet to walk you through the process of selecting a CMS and implementing a new hospital website (or websites), including creating a shared vision and roadmap for overall organizational success.

Website strategy today means figuring out how to meet consumer expectations and deliver value to drive engagement, loyalty, and more. If your progress against rising healthcare consumer expectations is painfully slow, it might be time to move away from your legacy web content management system to a web solution with the feature sets, architecture, deployment model, and cost structure that can speed up your digital transformation efforts.

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Ask the Expert: What Differentiates a Healthcare Digital Marketing Leader?

Ben Dillon

Learn How Leading Healthcare Marketers Do Digital Differently and How to Propel Your Organization Forward // By Ben Dillon // Benchmarking your organization against your peers is something every health system wants to do. But in reality, how you compete is more nuanced than just comparing your organization to others by team or bed size. Read More

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