Patient Experience

Online Scheduling Done Right: 10 Considerations For Health System Buyers

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With high demand for digital self-service, health systems have an opportunity to differentiate their patient experience by making access to providers and services easier with online scheduling. But determining the optimal approach and gaining cross-functional buy-in can be tough.

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2019 Healthcare Reputation Report

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An Analysis of Consumer Reviews for More than 3,800 Hospitals — and How Online Reputation Drives Revenue

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Today’s healthcare consumers find healthcare providers online, and they rely on information in online reviews and social media to inform their decisions. This means that for health systems and providers, maintaining a stellar online reputation is essential.

Systems and providers that neglect their online reputation will struggle to compete with others that proactively manage their reputation and consistently show up higher in search rankings with more positive reviews.

To create the 2019 Healthcare Reputation Report, Reputation.com’s data science team applied artificial intelligence, machine learning, and sentiment analysis to unstructured text in reviews of 4,800 hospitals that report revenue annually to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). From that sample, they included 3,824 hospitals with 10 or more online reviews on Google or Facebook between January 1, 2016 and August 31, 2018.

Key findings include:

  • A strong Reputation Score predicts higher revenue per bed. Specifically, hospitals with a Reputation Score in the top 25% have a revenue per bed that is $1.2 million higher than hospitals with a Reputation Score in the bottom 25%.
  • Google is dominating the search landscape in healthcare and is the top vehicle used for the healthcare listings that consumers use to find organizations and providers.
  • The top 5 sites (Google, HomePages, Apple, Facebook and Bing) constitute 89% of all sites used to find healthcare listings.
  • Tier 2 sites (Healthgrades, WebMD, Yahoo and Vitals) now make up only 10% of the sites visited when patients look for healthcare listings.
  • Hospital reviews on Google grew an incredible 86% from 2016 to 2018 (Figure 2), establishing it as the preferred platform for leaving hospital reviews.

In addition to these findings, the report uncovers the Reputation Score for the top 100 health systems in our study. It also explores the three best practices that health systems and providers must focus on to improve their online reputation.

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Why Effective Management of the Patient Journey Is Essential

Rich Phillips CEO and co-founder of Customer Evolution

“The U.S. health care industry is undergoing tremendous change — some might say disruption,” says Rich Phillips, CEO and co-founder of Customer Evolution. “This is driven by multiple factors, including rising consumer expectations, the significant cost of care noncompliance, and the emergence of nontraditional competitors.” In his new article, Phillips explains why health care marketers Read More

Walking the Talk with Price Transparency

Kathy Delis, administrative director of revenue cycle support, University of Utah Health

A 2017 price transparency study published in the journal Hospital Pediatrics found 30 out of 45 pediatric hospitals contacted provided price estimates. Only 12 of the 30 that provided estimates had online price calculators. A new price transparency guideline from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which went into effect in January, is Read More

Sometimes Branding Is an Art in More Ways Than One

Peter Hochstein

What besides advertising could contribute to a children’s hospital brand experience? It could be a friendly bear, a playful dog, a rocky wolf, or a little girl with a perpetually broken leg. // By Peter Hochstein // There’s an enormous bear. And he’s just outside the front door of a children’s hospital. And with his Read More

Making the Shift from Journey Mapping to Journey Management to Improve Patient Experience and Health Outcomes

Rich Phillips CEO and co-founder of Customer Evolution

// By Rich Phillips // The U.S. health care industry is undergoing tremendous change — some might say disruption. This is driven by multiple factors, including rising consumer expectations, the significant cost of care noncompliance, and the emergence of nontraditional competitors. To thrive within this tumultuous environment, health systems are increasingly focused on two important Read More

How Much Does It Cost? Addressing Price Transparency

Althea Fung

// By Althea Fung // Health care is in the midst of a shift toward a consumer-centric model — empowering patients to have a greater role in how their health care dollars are spent. But there’s a problem. It’s hard to shop around if no one can tell you how much services cost. A 2017 Read More

Women Make Health Care Decisions – Does Your Marketing Reflect This?

Kathy Selker

“While hospitals cater to everyone, their most influential consumers are women, who make 80 percent of health care decisions in America,” says Kathy Selker. Selker is president and CEO of Northlich, an independent full-service marketing and advertising agency. In our new article, Selker discusses how to connect with this key health care demographic. Here’s an Read More

Digital Accessibility: How to Achieve Compliance and Create a Better User Experience

John Mulvey and April Morgan

A new Strategic Health Care Marketing webinar for health care marketers, communicators, and digital strategists

Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 2 p.m. Eastern

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers much more than ramps and rails. Today, accessibility includes the internet and the digital accommodations required for people with vision, hearing, or mobility impairments.

Compliance with accessibility guidelines isn’t just a moral imperative — it’s a legal one. With web accessibility lawsuits increasing every year, it’s not a matter of if, but when, organizations not in compliance will be sued.

Does your website provide equal access to people with disabilities, including digital content? In the recent past, digital accessibility was complicated, labor-intensive, and expensive, and often required disruptive website redesign. Now, there are efficient and effective technological solutions that take into account your resources, timelines, and budget.

Join us on May 15 and learn how you can remove the compliance burden from your team and offer a website that is more usable for all of your visitors.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How laws and regulations about digital accessibility apply to your health care organization
  • The importance of compliance given aggressive legal challenges
  • How to meet compliance standards and mitigate risk without burdening your marketing team or incurring expensive redesign costs
  • How to ensure that your organization’s website is fully accessible, including improved user engagement, conversion optimization, and SEO considerations

You’ll leave this webinar with the ammunition you need to make the case to C-Suite leaders that digital accessibility is as much a priority as accessible buildings — and the risks of noncompliance are too great to ignore.

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10 Ways Hospital Marketers Can Connect with Women

Kathy Selker

// By Kathy Selker // While hospitals cater to everyone, their most influential consumers are women, who make 80 percent of health care decisions in America. It’s important to segment and target by gender, but remember that women prefer gender-neutral marketing messages. With recent social media movements toward greater equality for women (in all realms, Read More

What Do Consumers Want From Your Health Care Organization?

Dan Clarin, senior vice president of Kaufman, Hall & Associates

Want to increase your health care organization’s market share? Think like a consumer. That’s the advice of Dan Clarin, CFA, senior vice president of Kaufman, Hall & Associates, a health care consulting, software, and data company. Improving access to care, aligning price with value, and providing better patient experience are key to increasing market share, Read More

Think Like a Health Care Consumer to Increase Market Share

Wendy Stark Healy

// By Wendy Stark Healy // Want to increase your health care organization’s market share? Think like a consumer. That’s the advice of Dan Clarin, CFA, senior vice president of Kaufman, Hall & Associates, a health care consulting, software, and data company. Improving access to care, aligning price with value, and providing better patient experience Read More

Book Takes a Positive View of Health Care Achievements

Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health

There are many reasons to write a book, but Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health, identifies the need for an objective look at health care that takes positive achievements into account as well as challenges as his reason for co-authoring Health Care Reboot: Megatrends Energizing American Medicine. “I was growing increasingly frustrated Read More

The Health System Marketer’s Guide to Online Consumer Engagement

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52% of consumers conduct online research when looking for a provider and the majority of them start with a general internet search.* With so many organizations vying for their attention, making your health system and its providers stand out online requires a comprehensive digital strategy.

The Health System Marketer’s Guide combines research, resources, and checklists to empower health system marketers with novel consumer insights and proven strategies for effective online consumer engagement – in one handy guide.

Download the free guide to explore:

  • The evolving role of online patient access
  • Digital provider directory must-haves
  • Strategies for building brand loyalty online

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Wayfinding Apps Help Patients Navigate Your Facility

Althea Fung

In 2015, The Jewish Hospital — Mercy Health, a 184-bed acute-care facility in Cincinnati, was in the midst of a massive expansion project when a problem arose. “We were almost doubling the size of the hospital. During construction, we had to close our main entrance. So we had all of these altered routes of traffic. Read More

You Are Here: Wayfinding App Improves Hospital Navigation

Althea Fung

// By Althea Fung // In 2015, The Jewish Hospital — Mercy Health, a 184-bed acute-care facility in Cincinnati, was in the midst of a massive expansion project when a problem arose. “We were almost doubling the size of the hospital. During construction, we had to close our main entrance. So we had all of Read More

Stay On Top of What People Are Saying About You Online

Aaron Clifford, senior vice president of marketing, Binary Fountain

For better or worse, in 2019, most organizations find that their online reviews have a profound influence on patient choice of a physician. In practical terms, this means you need to stay on top of exactly what people are saying online about your providers and facilities. This will allow you to respond to their compliments Read More

Do Hospital Awards Drive Consumer Decisions?

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2018 National Consumer Survey: Value of Hospital Awards Results

A Strategic Health Care Marketing webinar on demand for health care marketers, communicators, and strategists.

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Craig Fairfield and Amanda Herriman

Duration: 60 Minutes

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This event is free for Strategic Health Care Marketing members to view thanks to our event sponsor.

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Why Clarity in Patient Communications Is Essential

Stacy Robison, president and co-founder, Communicate Health

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 as the degree to which Read More

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

Hybrid Model Combines the Best of Emergency Care and Urgent Care

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. Riverview Health’s primary location in Noblesville Read More

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