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The Future of Health Care Is Happening Today in Tennessee

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Vanderbilt University Medical Center led the formation of a successful high-performance provider network that has met 100 percent of its quality goals in recent years and returned millions in incentives to network members. Marketing has played a key role in the growth and success of one of the nation’s Read More

Physicians Give High Marks to CHI Memorial’s Provider-Oriented Email Newsletter as Trusted Source of Vital Information

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// By Jane Weber Brubaker // During the pandemic, we have seen many examples of health care organizations that had technology in place that could be quickly adapted, enabling communicators to disseminate relevant and timely information. CHI Memorial Health System had a robust physician communications platform in place before COVID-19 came along. But the pandemic Read More

Don’t Let Coronavirus Steal Your Perspective

Using Amara’s Law to Analyze Pandemic’s Effect on Marketing // By Jeff Stewart // VITAS Healthcare AVP of digital communications Jeff Stewart urges marketers to stick with fundamental marketing principles and keep focused on consumer needs — especially during a time of unpredictability such as the coronavirus pandemic has caused. The annual health care marketing Read More

Reactivating Patient Access and Navigating Recovery in the COVID-19 Period

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As your organization responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and navigates the accelerating trends towards consumerism and digital self-service, it is essential to innovate for the pandemic and beyond by ensuring your patient access model is flexible, scalable and sustainable.

Download this guide to help your healthcare organizations build flexible, scalable, and sustainable patient access and scheduling models for the pandemic and beyond.

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2020 Patient Access Journey Report

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Our fourth annual patient access survey of 1,000 people shows that the pandemic has only accelerated consumer demand for convenient access online to both in-person and virtual care options. As the patient journey continues to evolve, the findings also suggest that opportunities exist for healthcare organizations to stand out by not only expanding their care offerings, but also delivering a more connected, consumer-friendly experience across access channels.

For more insights on what drives consumers’ healthcare decisions and how their decision criteria is changing, download the full report.

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Mount Sinai Creates High-Functioning MarCom Organization by Simplifying Structure

// By Sheryl S. Jackson // As the marketing communications function has grown in health care over the years, many hospital systems find their MarCom organizations continually growing in responsibility and staff size, with no master plan for how everyone will work together. David Feinberg, senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer of Read More

ChristianaCare Connects with Community Partners to Address Social Determinants of Health in Delaware

View from the C-Suite: Bettina Tweardy Riveros, Chief Health Equity Officer at ChristianaCare // By Ndome Essoka // When Bettina Tweardy Riveros joined ChristianaCare as chief health equity officer in 2016, she assumed responsibility for engaging community stakeholders in partnerships that advance ChristianaCare’s vision for a healthy Delaware. According to Riveros, the guiding principles of Read More

While the National Mood Is Grim, Internet Campaign at Johns Hopkins Medicine Goes Just a Tad Upbeat, Building Staff Morale While Standing Out from the Crowd

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// By Peter Hochstein // Hey, there’s a pandemic going on! Hospital workers are supposed to look harassed, grave, and ready to collapse from exhaustion, right? That’s not quite the way the communicators and staff at Johns Hopkins Medicine saw it. Result? Internet views by the — no, not by the thousands, by multiples of Read More

Centerstone Uses Comics to Talk to Kids About Tough Topics

// By Althea Fung // Suicide rates in the United States have increased substantially over the past two decades, according to the American Psychological Association. Since 1999, the rate has jumped 35 percent. For teens, the suicide rate is also on the rise. The rate of suicide rose 50 percent between 2000 and 2016 for Read More

Integrating Media and Content Strategy

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Content marketing and media placement are becoming increasingly intertwined throughout the healthcare industry. To increase the impact of marketing efforts, it is vital that coordination exists between all paid, earned, and owned communication channels.

By understanding the entire patient buyer’s journey, media strategies are better aligned to produce a desired awareness and action. These strategies are then supported by relevant and engaging content that articulates differentiation and value.

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  • Four key questions to answer as you develop content for successful healthcare marketing campaigns
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Aging Well Consumer Insights Study

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Understanding and Reaching an Aging Population Seeking their Best, Healthiest Lives

People age fifty and older represent the largest demographic of health care consumers. But do you know how to best reach and market your health care organization to this audience?

According to our survey, 63% of aging consumers agreed with the statement that how they look has a lot to do with how they feel about their self-worth as a person. And their top 2 motivations for staying healthy were to feel better and live longer.

To find out how 2,000 older adults are taking care of themselves and their health — what’s working, what’s not, and which services and treatments they seek to improve their quality of life – download the report today. Use these insights to drive patient volumes and get the highest return on your marketing investment today.

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Optimize Your Website and the World May Beat a Path to Your Door — Plus Other PR Wisdom from a Not-So-Little Hospital System on the Prairie

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// By Peter Hochstein // Whether it’s a national news network on the phone, or a triple-header of a tornado, some of the biggest PR opportunities are unplanned. Even Lindsey Meyers, vice president of public relations and communications for Avera Health, sounds just a tad surprised that there’s such sophisticated medical research going on in Read More

Chief Marketing Officers — Your CEO Is Counting on Your Expertise

View From the C-Suite: Greg Feirn, CEO; and Christine Albert, SVP; Marketing & Communications, LCMC Health Anthony D. Slonim, MD, DrPH, CEO; and Suzanne Hendery, Chief Marketing & Customer Officer; Renown Health // By Sheryl S. Jackson // Strong relationships between CEOs and CMOs help organizations align on a shared vision, invest in the right Read More

Retail Disruptors Stealing Your Customers? Time to Disrupt Back

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// By Jane Weber Brubaker // See those retailers in your rearview mirror? They are the health care disruptors you’ve been hearing about — Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Amazon, Google — and they are coming for you. They are closer than they appear, and they will steal your customers — if you don’t disrupt back. “The Read More

Is Your Call Center Creating Loyal Customers?

Marcia Simon

// By Marcia Simon, APR // Google is often the place people look first when seeking health information online. Assuming your health care system has done all the right things to optimize discoverability, the patient’s next step is to access care, most often by making a phone call. That first impression determines the course for Read More

How to Incorporate Inclusive Language in Your Marketing Materials

// By Althea Fung // Language can build relationships and forge bonds, but it can also create barriers. Content writers and marketers carry implicit biases that can rear their ugly heads when crafting copy. “Bias in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. Evolution developed it for survival,” says Kristen Syrett, PhD, an associate professor Read More

Four Challenges Facing Health Care Marketers in COVID Recovery

Lindsay Resnick

// By Lindsay Resnick // Consumers want to know, “Who’s going to do the right thing when it comes to my health?” We’ve been exposed! COVID shined a bright light on American health care — the best and the worst: gaps in its value chain, disparities in communities, advances in technology, changes in consumer behavior, Read More

Consumer Sentiment Evolving with COVID Spread

// By Daniel Fell // In early May, our company launched a biweekly tracking study to better understand and monitor consumer sentiment toward seeking health care services during the COVID pandemic. The Optum Consumer Pulse Survey asks a representative sample of 700 adult consumers nationwide how likely they are to visit different types of health Read More

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