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

Creating a Seamless Digital Experience for Pediatric Patient Families

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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2018 Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey

2018 Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey

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For the second year in a row, Geonetric and eHealthcare Strategy & Trends collaborated to deliver the largest, most comprehensive look at the digital evolution of healthcare organizations available. In this groundbreaking survey, we heard from 249 healthcare provider organizations and 47 of your agency and vendor partners.

Our goal in delivering this report is to offer not only basic data to benchmark your organization, but also to deliver insights that will help you plan for the future of your digital operations. That’s why you’ll find a few unique elements in this report you won’t find anywhere else

  • LeaderAverageLaggard Analysis
    It’s not enough to look at the average of all organizations to understand what you need to do to succeed. With our distinct benchmarking method that allows organizations to self-report where they are outperforming or underperforming, you’ll see how leading organizations plan, budget, and execute differently from their counterparts.
  • Comparing the provider and vendor perspectives
    Perspectives from your industry peers are important, but we also find that the vendors and agencies that work with you may have a broader, and often different, understanding into what’s most important to your digital success.
  • Ample insight
    Answer summaries to individual questions are always interesting, but the deeper revelations are often found at the intersection between different questions. That’s why you’ll find interesting insights when the questions are crossed. For example, when analyzing budget and team sizes relative to the number of beds or looking at the relationship between the forecasts for both overall marketing budgets and digital marketing budgets.

What insights await you in the report?

You’ll have to read this report to find out, but here’s a sampling of some of the interesting trends we’re noticing

  • Content is hard, but also maybe the single most critical thing to digital success.
  • Hospitals want patients — that’s why they invest in digital marketing — but what’s less clear is if they’re finding success at getting those patients.
  • New challenges are emerging in the area of operational integration and digital strategy.
  • The new hot jobs in healthcare digital marketing are in content development, customer relationship management (CRM), social media, and marketing automation.
  • Marketing investment continues to shift from traditional media to digital.
  • The website redesign cycle has been slow in recent years (4-5 year cycle), but there’s a huge wave of redesigns planned and underway right now.
  • Web personalization is difficult to execute and continues to be more hype than game changing.

As you plan for 2018 and beyond, this guide will not only help you benchmark where you stand today but also better plan for future initiatives. We’re excited to see what other insights you uncover as you review this report and use the data to make informed decisions at your organization.

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eHealthcare Leadership Award Winners: They’re Simply the Best

eHealthcare Leadership Awards

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // It’s that time of year again. The call for entries for the 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards is open as of May 1. This year’s award winners will be announced at a gala luncheon on November 7 at the HCIC conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Winners are selected from nearly 1,000 Read More

On-Demand Care Kiosks In the City That Never Sleeps

NYP OnDemand outline

It’s Monday afternoon and you’re feeling under the weather. You have the entire week ahead and a packed schedule, but a doctor’s visit is in order. Should you take time off and try to make an appointment with your physician? Or would it be better to find a few hours and head to the urgent care Read More

Call for Entries — 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

eHealthcare Leadership Awards

The Call for Entries for the 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards is now open. This leading awards program, which draws some 1,000 entries, exclusively recognizes the very best websites and digital communications of healthcare organizations (both large and small), online health companies, pharmaceutical/medical equipment firms, agencies/suppliers, and business improvement initiatives. These awards highlight the role of Read More

Tackling the Complexities of Online Scheduling

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Online scheduling is something we take for granted when it comes to making a dinner reservation or booking a flight. But it’s been a tough nut to crack for healthcare systems, and a source of frustration for patients when it’s not available. It seems like it should be easy. In reality, it’s complex. Upstream from Read More

Healthcare Digital Marketing Update

Ben Dillon

Get the Latest Market Research Findings to Shape Your Strategy in 2018 and Beyond

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An eHealthcare Strategy & Trends webinar for healthcare marketers and digital strategists

Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 1 p.m. Eastern

Your Presenter:

  • Ben Dillon, Chief Strategy Officer, Geonetric

How does your healthcare organization compare to your competition when it comes to the structure of your digital team, digtal budget and plans for the future? Are you maintaining your edge … or falling behind?

Join us on April 18 and find out!

The 2018 Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey collected input from more than 240 healthcare marketers at hospitals and health systems as well as vendors and agencies.

In a 60-minute webinar on April 18, Ben Dillon, chief strategy officer at Geonetric, will share key takeaways from this just completed survey.

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Online Scheduling Solution Streamlines Access at Prevea Health

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Online scheduling is something we take for granted when it comes to making a dinner reservation or booking a flight. But it’s been a tough nut to crack for healthcare systems, and a source of frustration for patients when it’s not available. It seems like it should be easy. 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

Are Your Social Media Channels Braced for Crisis?

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Logo

Most health systems today have an established social media presence. But is it ready and able to flex in times of emergency? When Hurricane Harvey struck the greater Houston area in August 2017, it left widespread flooding and devastation in its wake. With roads impassable and power outages in many areas, the University of Texas MD Read More

A New Tool That Could Transform Your Patient Communications

Progressive Web App (PWA) Characteristics

What if you could make your website more engaging and easier to access for patients on the go — even when they don’t have access to the internet — while improving your electronic communication and reducing your costs? While this may sound like a tall order, progressive web apps (PWAs) can help you accomplish all 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

Why Progressive Web Apps Should Be on Your Roadmap

Michael Spinosa, CEO of Unleashed Technologies

// By Lisa D. Ellis // What if you could make your website more engaging and easier to access for patients on the go — even when they don’t have access to the internet — while improving your electronic communication and reducing your costs? While this may sound like a tall order, progressive web apps Read More

Alexa, Can You Help Our Patients and Still Stay HIPAA-Compliant?

Emily Kagan Trenchard, associate vice president of digital & innovations strategy, Northwell Health

The market for voice-controlled smart speakers is hot. The percentage of U.S. Wi-Fi connected households with devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home was up to 12.1 percent as of the end of November, after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, comScore reported. If that doesn’t get your attention, consider the growth rate between June (8.1 Read More

Alexa, What Are the Early Adopters Up To?

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // The market for voice-controlled smart speakers is hot. The percentage of U.S. Wi-Fi connected households with devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home was up to 12.1 percent as of the end of November, after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, comScore reported. If that doesn’t get your attention, consider Read More

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