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?

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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

What Is AMP and How Can It Help My Healthcare Brand?

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Experts explain Google’s Accelerated Mobile Page (AMP) Project and how healthcare marketers can use it in their mobile content strategy. // By Melanie Graham // When it comes to webpage content, a mobile-first mindset is crucial. As of January 2017, some 77 percent of Americans owned a smartphone, and roughly 1 in 10 of those Read More

iPad Check-In Solution Provides Myriad Marketing Benefits

Sometimes a technology solution adopted by healthcare administrators and clinicians produces unexpected benefits for marketers. CHRISTUS Physician Group, with operations in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico, wanted to streamline patient check-in during office visits and improve collection of outstanding balances. To achieve these goals, the organization piloted, then implemented, a digital patient check-in solution Read More

Patient Check-In Tool Drives Benefits for Marketers

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Sometimes a technology solution adopted by healthcare administrators and clinicians produces unexpected benefits for marketers. CHRISTUS Physician Group, with operations in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico, wanted to streamline patient check-in during office visits and improve collection of outstanding balances. To achieve these goals, the organization piloted, then Read More

New Web Accessibility Requirements Coming: Are You Ready?

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

What if 20 percent of your website visitors were prevented from fully engaging with your content, or found it just too frustrating to spend much time on your site? Web design has come a long way toward making digital experiences more consumer-friendly, personalized, and mobile-friendly. But unless you’ve experienced what it’s like to interact with Read More

How Accessible Is Your Website?

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // What if 20 percent of your website visitors were prevented from fully engaging with your content, or found it just too frustrating to spend much time on your site? Web design has come a long way toward making digital experiences more consumer-friendly, personalized, and mobile-friendly. But unless you’ve experienced Read More

The Intersection of AI and Healthcare

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The media, including social media, are buzzing about AI, or artificial intelligence. As of this writing in late November, the top trending article on Facebook is “Facebook Is Using Artificial Intelligence to Spot Suicidal Tendencies in Its Users.” On LinkedIn, it is “Where Will AI Increase and Decrease Costs in Healthcare?” Is AI just the Read More

Creating a Model Online Presence

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How health systems can translate their physical access approach into digital catchment strategies

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How Texting Can Solve Patient Communication Woes

Lea Chatham, director of content marketing for Solutionreach

We use our cellphones to deposit money, send email, and track our daily step count. We also use them to constantly communicate, whether it’s through social media, texting, and (rarely, it seems) phone calls. With countless apps and new technology increasing our communication channels, shouldn’t it be easier to communicate with healthcare providers? Unfortunately, that Read More

Bringing the Amazon Experience to Healthcare

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Applying Retail Best Practices to Healthcare Marketing

The age of healthcare consumer experience is here to stay, but understanding what that means and how to translate traditional retail customer experience tactics to healthcare can be confusing. This ebook gives you concrete tips and strategies for bringing that Amazon-like experience to healthcare marketing.

This guide examines how Amazon accomplishes great customer experience management through a mobile first strategy, data-based user experience design, conversion optimization, and personalization then shows you where you can apply these same principles to your own website, provider profiles, and more.

 
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Is Your Physician Directory Achieving These 5 Strategic Goals?

Noel Coleman

“How do your customers identify providers in your network? Your answer could be very important to your organization’s success,” posits Noel Coleman, president of Doctor.com Enterprise (formerly Connect Healthcare). Here’s why: “Today, Find-a-Doctor tools (such as a physician directory on your website that is optimized to meet your patients’ needs and search habits) are an important part Read More

Don’t Overlook the Importance of Page Speed

Petra Gregorová, senior software engineer at ConnectiveDX

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

How Brigham and Women’s Hospital Found Success with Facebook Live

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// By Melanie Graham // There’s no denying the popularity of Facebook’s live video feature. Within a year of its site-wide launch in April 2016, broadcasts quadrupled, and one in five videos on the platform was live. Meanwhile, users showed a strong response out the gate, even before the feature was available to everyone on Read More

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

Petra Gregorová, senior software engineer at ConnectiveDX

// 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