Physician Directories

2018 eHealthcare Leadership Award Winners Announced

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // The eHealthcare Leadership Awards program recognizes the very best websites and digital communications efforts of a wide range of healthcare organizations. This year’s winners were announced November 7 at a special presentation in Scottsdale, Arizona during the Healthcare Internet Conference, produced by Greystone.Net. More than 200 organizations received recognition Read More

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

Online Reputation Management: Boston Children’s Hospital Reaps the Benefits — and It’s Just Getting Started

William Gagnon is senior director, digital at Boston Children’s

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Boston Children’s Hospital recently received highest honors from U.S. News and World Report as the nation’s number-one children’s hospital for 2018-2019, for the fifth year. “Boston Children’s Hospital tops this year’s Honor Roll and ranks No. 1 in three of the 10 specialties; neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology and orthopedics,” Read More

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

Matt Gove, chief consumer officer, Piedmont Healthcare

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.

From Discovery to Post-Care: How Is Technology Facilitating the Customer Journey in Healthcare?

Andrei Zimiles, co-founder and CEO of Doctor.com

Ask the Expert with Andrei Zimiles // By Jane Weber Brubaker // Andrei Zimiles is co-founder and CEO of Doctor.com. The company’s marketing automation platform incorporates provider solutions for directory listings and reputation management, and in August 2017, Doctor.com launched a universal online scheduling capability. In December, Doctor.com merged with Connect Healthcare, and the combined Read More

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

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// 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

Call for Entries — 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

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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

Healthcare Digital Marketing Update

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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

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  • 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?

Watch now 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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Attract More Patients to Your Healthcare Organization

Lindsay Neese Burton and Amber Welch

How Ochsner Health System Leverages Technology to Proactively Manage Online Reputation — and How You Can Too

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Healthcare consumers search for more information when making decisions about their care than ever before. And far too often the information they find online about doctors and facilities is incorrect or insufficient.

What your potential patients find — or don’t find — about your service lines and physicians when they search online can make or break your organization’s ability to bring in new patients and retain existing ones.

Few organizations have the resources to manually maintain accurate listings for every location and physician across a growing multitude of social platforms, search engines, and review sites — from Google and Facebook to Healthgrades and Vitals. Some have tried — and failed — to keep up with the sheer number of ever-changing variables.

But with the right technology, organizations can gain control over their information, and consumers benefit from access to current, comprehensive, and accurate information when choosing a doctor.

Watch this webinar on demand now and learn how Ochsner Health System uses a technology solution to proactively manage its online presence — and ensure it is a consistently strong contender for consumers’ attention when seeking a provider.

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How to Optimize Your Hospital Website’s Find-a-Doctor Tool — and Put Users First

Noel Coleman, president of Doctor.com Enterprise

The strategic core of most hospital or health system websites is a strong and user-friendly physician directory, or “Find a Doctor” tool. Optimizing your strategy and your tool’s functionality is a digital healthcare marketing imperative. In last month’s article, Noel Coleman mapped five strategic goals for your “Find a Doctor” tool. In our new article, he offers Read More

Are You Maximizing Your “Find a Doctor” Strategy? (Part 2)

Noel Coleman, president of Doctor.com Enterprise

8 Steps to Strengthen Your Physician Directory Tools and Build Your Patient Base // By Noel Coleman // No hospital or health system website today is complete without including a strong and user-friendly physician directory, or “Find a Doctor” tool. This means that if your organization has not yet ventured fully into this area, there’s Read More

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

Are You Maximizing Your “Find a Doctor” Strategy?

Noel Coleman

Part 1: Make Sure You Achieve These 5 Strategic Goals // By Noel Coleman // How do your customers identify providers in your network? Your answer could be very important to your organization’s success. Here’s why: Today, Find-a-Doctor tools (such as a physician directory on your website that is optimized to meet your patients’ needs Read More

2017 eHealthcare Leadership Award Winners Announced

eHealthcare Leadership Awards

Winners of the 2017 eHealthcare Leadership Awards were announced today at a special keynote presentation at the Healthcare Internet Conference in Austin, Texas. Over 200 organizations, representing a broad industry spectrum, received recognition for their outstanding websites and digital communications. A total of 116 individuals familiar with healthcare and the internet judged the entries. See Read More

Customer Experience the Piedmont Way

Matt Gove, chief consumer officer, Piedmont Healthcare

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Your brand is the sum of the experiences a customer has with you, says Matt Gove, chief consumer officer at Piedmont Healthcare in Georgia. This definition goes beyond the conventional scope of patient experience, or as Gove consistently refers to it: customer experience. Patient experience historically has been a Read More

Lean Healthcare: Valuing What Patients Value

Jane Weber Brubaker, Editor of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Lean business practices have been around ever since Toyota devised the “Toyota Production System” to transform its manufacturing processes. The idea was further refined in the book Lean Thinking, and distilled down to five core ideas¹: Value—specify the value desired by the customer Value Stream—identify the value stream for Read More

Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic: Two Award-Winning Websites

Jane Weber Brubaker, Editor of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends

Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic are ranked #1 and #2 in the country respectively by U.S. News & World Report. But that doesn’t automatically mean that their websites will live up to their stellar clinical reputations. But they did, according to the 2016 eHealthcare Leadership Awards judges. These institutions were the only two to garner Read More

eHealthcare Leadership Awards: A Closeup Look at Two Platinum Winners

Jane Weber Brubaker, Editor of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic are ranked #1 and #2 in the country respectively by U.S. News & World Report. But that doesn’t automatically mean that their websites will live up to their stellar clinical reputations. But they did, according to the 2016 eHealthcare Leadership Awards judges. These institutions Read More

Are You Meeting Healthcare Consumer Expectations?

Insights from New Study of Healthcare Consumers’ Digital Experience // By Becky Barney-Villano // Retail has done it for years. Restaurants have, too. Even the banking industry is now meeting consumer expectations for on-demand services with such capabilities as mobile deposits, and complicated mortgages are being closed with a few clicks from a smartphone. Healthcare 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

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