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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.

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Murder in the ICU: How To Manage a Crisis from a Human and PR Perspective

This may not be what hospital communicators signed on to deal with, but it can — and did — happen. How would you handle the ensuing human and PR crisis? On September 12, 2017, a Rhode Island man drove up to Lebanon, New Hampshire, and entered the intensive care unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where his mother was recovering from an aneurysm. According to news reports and indictments filed against him, the man asked for some time alone with his mother. Once they were alone, he allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot her four times, killing her.

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How to Compete for Patients in the Digital Age

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Creating competitive advantage starts with a sound digital strategy.

In a 2017 survey of healthcare consumers across the U.S. from a representative range of demographic groups, we found that 88% of consumers begin their search for healthcare providers online. Consumers rely on search engines and review sites to steer their decisions about where to go for care.

What consumers read about you online heavily influences their decision-making. Your reputation is defined at every touchpoint a potential patient has with your doctors and organization on the web — from the doctor or location listing, to patient rating and reviews, to finding the right doctor and reading profiles on your website.

Done well, online reputation management (ORM) enables your providers to generate a high volume of representative reviews from the “silent majority,” while providing valuable insights to improve patient experience, make operational improvements and drive new patient appointments.

Download this new white paper to learn how.

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New Digital Strategy Boosts Traffic and CTA Clicks

Vanessa O’Donnell, director of the national health and wellness division at ReachLocal

Audiology First is a private hearing center in Columbia, Maryland. While the staff prides itself on taking a personalized approach to meeting the needs of each patient, its marketing efforts were strictly generic. This mismatch led to a lagging customer base. “We were getting customers, but not as many as we wanted,” explains Diana Wagner, Read More

How One Audiology Center Turned Up the Volume on Its Digital Strategy

Vanessa O’Donnell, director of the national health and wellness division at ReachLocal

// By Lisa D. Ellis // When an audiology practice wasn’t growing at the desired rate, the owner turned to the experts for help sharpening its online presence and marketing efforts. The results have been impressive, with a steadier stream of new and repeat customers now coming in. This success was recently recognized by the Read More

How To Turn a Clinic Opening Into a PR Windfall

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In today’s hectic world, it’s the little things that matter, especially when it comes to making life a bit more convenient. And when this convenience brings tangible benefits to families with young kids, including those with chronic medical needs, it can be enough to spark a compelling public relations angle that has real traction. When Children’s Read More

A Texas Health System Spreads The Word Via Facebook Live

Abbey Lee, director of marketing and business development at Bay Area Regional Medical Center

Bay Area Regional Medical Center, in Webster, Texas, first opened its doors in July 2014. As an independent facility in the Houston Bay Area not affiliated with any larger systems or networks, it had to work hard at first to establish its reputation in an already crowded market. “Initially the goal was to find a Read More

Strong Technology Infrastructure Boosts Your Community Impact

The technology landscape is rapidly evolving, creating new challenges — and also new opportunities — for marketers in all industries. For those working in the health care sector, this means that the time is right to draw on the latest tools to have the most meaningful impact in a variety of situations. Marketers need look Read More

Awards Programs Can Heighten Your Profile and Reputation

Dana Levin-Robinson, chief of staff at VirtualHealth

Competing for — and winning — awards can be an important part of your health care organization’s marketing strategy. Awards can help you raise awareness about your service lines, driving new business; recognize individual employees as leaders, improving staff morale and elevating performance standards; and promote your organization as a stellar workplace, helping to attract Read More

Prize-Winning Strategy: Using Award Programs to Spotlight Your Accomplishments

Dana Levin-Robinson, chief of staff at VirtualHealth

// By Lisa D. Ellis // Competing for — and winning — awards can be an important part of your health care organization’s marketing strategy. Awards can help you raise awareness about your service lines, driving new business; recognize individual employees as leaders, improving staff morale and elevating performance standards; and promote your organization as Read More

Call for Entries — 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

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

Why Healthcare Needs to Invest in Consumer Journeys

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Every day, healthcare consumers look for help. Help to diagnose a condition. Help to book an appointment. Help to find the best treatment option.

Make no mistake — these people are not shopping as one does for clothes or books or games. They are struggling to piece together what to do now and what to do next. They are often thrust into a series of decisions that stretch their understanding, finances, and patience.

Healthcare organizations no longer have the luxury to delay improvements to their consumer experience.

By mapping the consumer journey from end to end, your healthcare organization can anticipate needs and deliver clear, simple, personalized content to create a better experience for the consumer.

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Looking To Boost Your Health Care Brand? Consider Audio.

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Have you incorporated audio content in your health care communications strategy? If not, you could be missing an opportunity to engage prospective patients who live in your service communities, and to position your organization as a leader to referring physicians across the country. While some health systems dabble in producing radio content and developing podcasts Read More

Strong Audio Strategy Can Boost Your Health Care Brand in New Ways

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// By Lisa D. Ellis // Have you incorporated audio content in your health care communications strategy? If not, you could be missing an opportunity to engage prospective patients who live in your service communities, and to position your organization as a leader to referring physicians across the country. Learn how one health system leads Read More

Omaha Hospital Celebrates Its Storied Past in New Marketing Campaign

Jenni Stoll, senior director of marketing for Methodist Health System

What’s old is new again at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Methodist recently celebrated its 125th anniversary, and this milestone provided a valuable opportunity for the health system to build on its past to position itself for the future. While most health care systems pride themselves on being ahead of the curve when it comes Read More

Genomics Creates Strong Market Niche for One Health System

Geisinger Health System is on the cutting edge when it comes to precision medicine, and its capacity in this area has proven to be a strong market differentiator. As an integrated community health system serving areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Geisinger has long been known for its patient-centered focus and innovative approach to caring Read More

Empower Your Community Champions to Advocate on Your Behalf

What Your Health Care Organization Can Learn from a New Decentralized Fundraising Campaign That Leverages Generational Giving Trends // By Lisa D. Ellis // Some of the greatest champions for your health care organization no doubt come from your service communities. A new campaign from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) shows how champions are newly Read More

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