Market Research

Ambulatory Pricing: Transform Your Pricing Strategy to Protect and Grow Market Share

Craig Allan Ahrens, managing director at Ankura Consulting

// By Craig Allan Ahrens and Sarah Hull // Hospital systems will be required to publish their chargemaster “list pricing” online by January 1, 2019, with the finalization of the Fiscal Year 2019 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System Final Rule (CMS-1694-F). Many states have Read More

Rowing Together: A Collaborative Approach to Promoting Behavior Change

// By Susan Dubuque //  As health care marketers, we are keenly aware of the rampant changes taking place in our industry — unforeseen mergers and consolidations, aggressive competitors entering the marketplace, pressures to demonstrate measurable ROI, and reorientation from delivering acute or episodic care to managing the health of a population with the goals Read More

The Longitudinal Health Care Consumer Journey

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Successful patient engagement in the on-demand economy requires a complete understanding of consumers in your market. In order to acquire this 360° view, providers must look beyond point-of-care events and examine consumer behavior, attributes, and risk.

Longitudinal engagement in healthcare is supported and accomplished by two primary systems: CRM and EHR. Integrating these two platforms gives health systems the ability to understand a consumer’s care journey both in and out of the hospital.

Consumers weigh a lot of options when selecting a provider or hospital, such as price, amenities, service, and convenience. Learn what they value most and how to provide them with meaningful messages that address their wants and needs. Expand the care continuum beyond hospital walls to inspire behavior change and improve outcomes.

In this new Gartner research, we explore the longitudinal consumer journey to help solve some of the patient loyalty and engagement challenges facing healthcare organizations.

Read about the future of patient engagement.

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Learning What’s Truly Important to Your Target Audience

Marketing to people with similar interests and needs is usually intuitive — but what about when your target audience is completely different from you? How do you know what they care about? If you can get to the core of what makes your audience tick and what they may respond to (hint: it may not Read More

Finding Opportunity in Health Care Disruption

“The health care field is in a state of constant disruption today, with mounting competition coming from many outside sectors,” says Craig Allan Ahrens, MHA, MBA, a leader at national health strategy firm BDC Advisors. “But the time is also ripe for health systems that understand the current marketplace to capitalize on growing opportunities to position Read More

Strengthen Your Brand Internally To Build Resonance Externally

Kelly David, director of marketing and public relations for Spectrum Healthcare Partners

Does your brand fully resonate with your employees? If the answer is “no,” and your mission and goals aren’t connecting internally, it’s important to invest time and resources to capture and distill market research data to create a unified vision. Then you’ve got a brand to promote externally. Look at Spectrum Healthcare Partners, a physician-owned Read More

How to Turn Current Health Care Delivery “Disruption” Into Opportunities

// By Craig Allan Ahrens // The health care field is in a state of constant disruption today, with mounting competition coming from many outside sectors. But the time is also ripe for health systems that understand the current marketplace to capitalize on growing opportunities to position themselves as leaders in offering enhanced convenience, increasing Read More

A New Global Health Care Marketing Framework

Skills and Attributes of the Healthcare Strategist

At the annual meeting of the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) in September 2017, a group of health care strategists from the Middle East came all the way to Orlando, Florida to attend the presentations. When they introduced themselves to SHSMD representatives, they revealed that they had made the trip to attend Read More

Learn What Your Patients Really Want—And Target Your Marketing Accordingly

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Health care organizations increasingly focus on improving the patient experience as reimbursement levels are now tied to this essential measurement. Further, when patients aren’t satisfied with their medical care or how office staff treats them, they are apt to shop around for a new provider. Yet all too often, areas where health care organizations invest Read More

How Cook Children’s Health System Fights Back Against Child Abuse

Center for Children's Health led by Cook Children's

// By Lisa D. Ellis // The faces of two beautiful toddlers practically jump off the Star Telegram’s website, their vibrant expressions and sparkling eyes captured so clearly on the screen that it’s hard to believe that both of these youngsters are no longer living. Tragically, these children—who did not know each other but are Read More

What’s Good for Patients Is Good for Business, Too

Lisa D. Ellis

Have you ever truly wondered what it’s like to walk in your patients’ shoes? Many health care marketers today view patient experience in the context of how well a person interacts within the various touchpoints of his/her health care system, as well as by how satisfied the patients are with the care and information they Read More

How Physician Relations Can Build Value Into Every Visit

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An ideal visit between a physician liaison and a physician ends with both parties believing the visit was a valuable use of their limited time.

That’s why building value into every visit is so important, not just for the liaison, but for the physician. If they feel meeting with you is a good use of their time, they’ll do it again. If not, your next meeting might be with their gatekeeper. Respect their time and they’ll give you more of it.

Read this whitepaper to learn the details of these 7 actionable steps to building value into your meetings

  • Have a goal for every meeting
  • Prepare for every meeting
  • Adapt to the connecting style of your prospects
  • Create impactful conversations
  • Create value for both sides
  • Establish credibility
  • Be proactive

 
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5 Considerations When Developing Service Line Priorities

Service Line Priorities

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Healthcare Organizations Don’t Succeed by Accident

Rather, organizational success most often comes from intentional and purposeful planning. Today’s hospitals face shrinking reimbursements, shifting reimbursement models and an increasing focus on reducing costs and utilization—making planning even more important.

To succeed in this environment, you must plan with purpose. It helps you grow in areas that improve organizational return and protect profitability. It also keeps you focused on your core mission, helping you avoid wasteful strategies.

Read this whitepaper to learn these five factors that will help you develop service line priorities:

  • Understand how each service line fits within your mission, vision & values
  • Measure the service line’s capacity & readiness for growth
  • Quantify the market opportunity for growth
  • Determine the service line’s value to your organization
  • Identify current & planned patient pathways

 

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Geomarketing: Target Customers Where They Live—Literally

Terrence Tucker, media supervisor at Response Mine Interactive

“When parents have children with fevers or a bout of stomach flu, whether they need a general practitioner or a specialist, they’ll generally look for doctors who are close to them,” observes Terrence Tucker, media supervisor at Response Mine Interactive. “Even if the need isn’t immediate and patients are just looking for a physical exam, Read More

5 Lessons Healthcare Organizations Can Learn from the Retail Sector

5 Lessons Healthcare Organizations Can Learn from the Retail Sector

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Advances in technology over the past decade have made it possible to track customers’ demographics, lifestyle, habits, and preferences. At Buxton, we work with some of the fastest growing retailers that regularly gather such data and put it to work helping to customize products and services to meet the needs that exist.

This information can be invaluable for healthcare systems: guiding operations, site decisions, and marketing efforts.

In this white paper you’ll discover the key lessons we’ve gleaned from the retail world and find out how they apply to healthcare strategy and marketing. These lessons can provide your organization with a valuable blueprint to guide your efforts and grow your market share.

Download your white paper and learn:

  • How healthcare systems can use customer analytics to strengthen their positions in the marketplace
  • Which retail strategies can help health care marketers identify, attract, and retain the most profitable patients
  • How a retail mindset helps health care systems meet the long-term goals of population health while still providing essential fee-for-service care to keep their operations sustainable

 
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10 Health Care Marketing Trends To Watch in 2017

“If what we’ve seen over the past year is any indication, 2017 won’t be for the faint of heart,” says Lindsay R. Resnick, Executive Vice President at ReviveHealth, a Weber Shandwick company. “Combine the dynamics of socioeconomic-political tensions with the massive transformation happening across health care’s ecosystem—regulatory, technology, competition, innovation, finance, clinical—and you get an Read More

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