Patient Portals

How Machine Learning Is Transforming Healthcare

Lisa Ellis

At Mount Sinai’s Institute for Next Generation Healthcare in New York City, artificial intelligence or AI (also referred to as machine learning) is helping researchers to gain new insight into genetic predispositions for cancer and other diseases. Close to 2,000 miles across the country, Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah, is using AI to Read More

Online Reputation Management: A Systematic Approach Pays Off

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“Reputation management has never been more important for healthcare providers and organizations that are actively seeking new patients. Why? The increase in high-deductible health plans has created a new breed of healthcare shopper,” says Becky Barney-Villano, healthcare writer and marketing specialist. “The rise of insurance exchanges where consumers pick their plans has resulted in more Read More

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

William Gagnon is senior director, digital 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

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

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// 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

Healthcare Price Transparency: A Work in Progress

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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

Call for Entries — 2017 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

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This leading awards program, which drew over 900 entries last year, recognizes the very best websites and digital communications efforts of healthcare organizations, online health companies, pharmaceutical/medical equipment firms, suppliers, and business improvement initiatives. Now in its 18th year, the awards program is presented by Plain-English Health Care, publisher of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends and Read More

How 5 Health Systems Are Tackling Price Transparency

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

// 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

The 4 Pillars of Online Reputation Management for Healthcare Organizations

Pascal Bensoussan and Kirsten Saint Clair

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APIs: The Digital Glue That Will Save Healthcare From Itself

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

// By Emily Kagan Trenchard // I just got back from HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, Florida, and if this national conference of health IT professionals had a message, it was this: Patient engagement is the goal, so interoperability is the key. Why is that? Because to truly boost consumer engagement, we need to get our Read More

How To Give Patients the Portal They Want

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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

An Easy Patient Engagement Solution Hiding in Plain Sight

Allison Hart, Vice President of Marketing Communications at West

Looking for a technology solution to stay in closer touch with patients between visits? Maybe your patients over age 50 haven’t scheduled their colonoscopy yet. Some patients may need closer contact after being discharged from the hospital, or they have a chronic condition like diabetes, hypertension, or COPD and need to be monitored between office Read More

Former Amazon Execs Drive Innovation at a Nonprofit Health System

Mary Haggard, Vice President, Consumer Innovation, Providence St. Joseph Health

There is no shortage of digital innovation in any field these days, but in healthcare, there has been an explosion of interest in developing digital solutions for the industry’s most pressing problems. The challenge has been that the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is often at odds with complex, risk-averse, highly regulated healthcare organizations. Amazon Read More

Hiding in Plain Sight: A Solution to Patient Engagement You May Already Have

Allison Hart, Vice President of Marketing Communications at West

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Looking for a technology solution to stay in closer touch with patients between visits? Maybe your patients over age 50 haven’t scheduled their colonoscopy yet. Some patients may need closer contact after being discharged from the hospital, or they have a chronic condition like diabetes, hypertension, or COPD and Read More

Do You Accurately Value Your Hospital’s Website Conversions?

Avinash Kaushik, Digital Marketing Evangelist at Google

In a recent eHST “Ask the Expert” column with Avinash Kaushik, Digital Evangelist at Google and Co-Founder of Market Motive Inc., we briefly touched on the concept of economic value in the context of web analytics and website goals. “Without goals and goal values, you are not doing web analytics,” says Kaushik. Goals are conversions, Read More

Reimagining the Online Doctor Profile

Shawn Gross, White Rhino

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

How Healthcare Organizations Should Leverage the Power of Marketing Automation

Robin Snow

“Marketing automation refers to the software platforms and technologies that facilitate digital marketing strategies by automating certain repetitive tasks,” says Robin Snow, founder and principal of Aefinity Interactive, LLC. “[It] allows for personalized communication on a massive scale.” While the idea of automating marketing initiatives is undeniably appealing, what does it involve in practical terms? Read More

Real-World Mobile Strategy at Johns Hopkins Medicine

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// 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

What Is Your Hospital Website Worth?

Jane Weber Brubaker, Editor of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // In a recent eHST “Ask the Expert” column with Avinash Kaushik, Digital Evangelist at Google and Co-Founder of Market Motive Inc., we briefly touched on the concept of economic value in the context of web analytics and website goals. “Without goals and goal values, you are not doing web Read More