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Do Hospital Awards Drive Consumer Decisions?

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2018 National Consumer Survey: Value of Hospital Awards Results

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How Two Patient-Centric Organizations Prioritize Health Literacy

Stacy Robison, president and co-founder, Communicate Health

// By Wendy Healy // Studies show that patients do better when they understand their health and treatments and can speak frankly with their health providers and caregivers. Patient advocacy groups encourage talking in plain language, using everyday words, and speaking in easily understandable terms. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act defines health literacy Read More

Riverview Health Expands with Freestanding ER & Urgent Care Facilities

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // If your health system is in a geographic region experiencing rapid growth, it makes sense to capitalize on that trend and expand right along with the population. Hamilton County, a suburb of Indianapolis, is “growing by leaps and bounds,” according to Seth Warren, president and CEO of Riverview Health. Read More

Are Your CTAs “Sticky” Enough?

Elicia Newcom Gregory, director of marketing, Norton Healthcare

The answer to this question dictates success — and failure — in Norton Healthcare’s efforts.  // By Lisa D. Ellis // When you take the time to develop compelling calls to action (CTAs) tied to measurable outcomes, you can effectively engage people you want to reach on a very personal level. This can be key Read More

Hackensack Meridian Health Orchestrates a New Brand

Jim Blazer, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, Hackensack Meridian Health

// By Wendy Healy // One of the themes of this article is that brands evolve. We covered the Hackensack Meridian merger back in December 2016. The consolidated health system’s first-generation brand has now been replaced with a new brand, built on consumer research and a solid brand strategy. Two-and-a-half years after two large New Read More

2018 Patient Access Journey Report

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A Survey of 1,000 Consumers Reveals New Opportunities for Health Systems to Improve Patient Access

This annual report on patient access trends by Kyruus shows that convenience is a growing priority for consumers — but they don’t want to sacrifice quality to get it. As competition rises from both traditional and emerging care sites, the findings show that opportunities exist for health systems to differentiate their brands by expanding their reach and removing scheduling barriers.

Key findings about consumer demand include:

  • Convenience: 48% visited an urgent care or retail clinic in the last 12 months, primarily due to location convenience.
     
  • Care Quality: 32% rated quality of online patient ratings & reviews extremely important, up from 26% in 2017.
     
  • Cohesiveness: While 52% conduct online research, most still prefer to book by phone, perceiving it to be faster.

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Five-Star Service: Treat Your Patients Like Valued Guests, or Else

Kim Mott, marketing and customer service manager for Florida Orthopaedic Institute

// By Lisa D. Ellis // The last time you went on vacation, you probably enjoyed five-star treatment from the staff at the hotels and restaurants you visited. But while customer service is paramount when it comes to dining and accommodations, most health care systems don’t think to treat their patients like valued guests. The Read More

Why Physician Engagement Is an Essential Part of Your Health System’s Equation

McAllister Dianne

// By Lisa D. Ellis // With a predicted shortage of physicians over the next several years, and increasing concern over physician burnout, a group of savvy thought leaders are focusing on improving physician satisfaction and engagement. Physicians are responsible for making most decisions related to patient care. Yet medical staff members often aren’t involved Read More

Position Your Health System for Success in 2019

Linda MacCracken, senior principal at Accenture

Five Key Market Dynamics for Marketers to Manage  // By Linda MacCracken // “In my ongoing conversations with industry leaders about what’s shifting in health care, five factors rose to the top of the list for 2019, as marketing moves to new dimensions, and closer to health system collaborative scaling of smart pilots.” In this Read More

AHA’s Value Initiative: Convener and Catalyst for Change

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // At the 2018 SHSMD conference in Seattle, we sat down with Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s Value Initiative, and Brian Griffin, SHSMD’s senior editorial specialist, to learn about the program, its scope, and its goals. Launched in December 2017, the Value Initiative’s mission is to be a change Read More

5 Small Changes to Fine-Tune Your Hospital Website

// By Lisa D. Ellis // Whether you’re a small organization with just a few marketing professionals or a large health system with an extensive marketing team — or perhaps you fall somewhere in between these two extremes — it’s worth taking the time to listen to your digital customers. The insights they provide can Read More

The Three R’s of Using Internal Advertising to Create a Cultural Change in a Health Care Organization: Repetition, Refreshment, and Recognition

Peter Hochstein

Notable Health Care Advertising In a hospital setting, changing employee routines and behaviors can save lives — but the change may call for altering the entire institutional culture. A memo to staff likely won’t work. What will? Signature Healthcare discovered some of the answers, involving an internal advertising campaign that began in 2015 and is Read More

Health Care Branding: How One Suburban Medical Center Developed Its Brand Promise from the Inside Out

// By Lisa D. Ellis // The latest marketing efforts at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts have a very important goal: to engage employees to do whatever it takes to provide the very best experience for patients. Tackling a Challenging Market While most health systems recognize the importance of internal engagement, Newton-Wellesley’s approach — which includes Read More

Is Length of Stay Still a Valid Measure in a Value-Based World?

Althea Fung

// By Althea Fung // At the 2018 SHSMD Connections conference in Seattle, SHSMD convened a series of presentations on value as part of its “Value Initiative.” What does value mean for health care organizations? How can they achieve it? One of the presenters, Jessica Farrar, director of strategic planning and decision support at Anne Read More