Insights on Today's Healthcare Consumer

McKinsey’s Consumer Health Insights Survey: Key Takeaways That Could Help Improve Outcomes

Posted by Brent Walker on Thu, Sep 20, 2018

Healthcare is personal. Patients are sharing private details with relative strangers and engaging in myriad one-to-one interactions with physicians, pharmacists and insurers along their journey through the healthcare landscape.

Despite the intimacy of these situations, however, healthcare consumer experiences are often seen as depersonalized and disconnected—which certainly won’t drive the patient engagement needed to improve health outcomes.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, health outcomes, Healthcare Consumerism, Patient Engagement

Is Healthcare Consumerism a Solution for Lack of Patient Engagement?

Posted by Brent Walker on Mon, Feb 26, 2018

Next month, many in the healthcare industry will converge on Las Vegas to attend HIMSS 2018. What will be the hot topics? While much of the focus will be on trends in healthcare information and technology, healthcare consumerism is also on the agenda.

Preston Gee, VP of strategic marketing at Christus Health, who will be presenting at HIMSS, told MobiHealthNews, “Consumerism is all the rage, so it’s not like it’s a revelation to anybody, but in a way it’s been a long time coming.”

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Patient Engagement, Healthcare Consumerism

How Psychographic Segmentation Can Help Transform Healthcare

Posted by Brent Walker on Tue, Oct 31, 2017


It's no secret that healthcare is one of the most talked-about (and controversial) topics of our day. And while opinions may vary greatly in terms of what needs to be improved, the general consensus is that the healthcare industry is due for a much-needed overhaul.

One of the more difficult challenges to tackle has been "cracking the code" of healthcare consumer behavior, specifically as it relates to how individuals view their responsibilities and priorities in terms of maintaining their own health and wellness.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Psychographic Segmentation Healthcare, Patient Engagement, Healthcare Consumerism

3 Things Millennial Consumers Expect from Healthcare Providers

Posted by Brent Walker on Thu, Oct 12, 2017

If you were to guess which generation is more likely to choose a health insurance plan because it offers better pricing, would you answer, “Baby Boomers” or “Millennials”?  The answer might surprise you.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Health Data, Healthcare Consumerism

What's the Definition of Psychographic Segmentation?

Posted by Brent Walker on Tue, Oct 03, 2017

“If you want to create messages that resonate with your audience, you need to know what they care about.” Those words, spoken by marketing technology advisor Nate Elliot, sum up the challenge faced by organizations across industries—banking, retail, hospitality, and yes, even healthcare.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Health Data, Healthcare Consumerism

How Are You Using Consumer Insights in Healthcare Decision-Making?

Posted by Brent Walker on Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Although 66 percent of healthcare organizations agree that consumerism is vital in healthcare, according to the Kaufman Hall Healthcare Consumerism Index, only 16 percent integrate feedback on patient preferences into their practices. Why do healthcare organizations struggle to deliver the patient-centric care that healthcare consumers want?

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Health Data, Healthcare Consumerism

How to Understand Patients as People to Improve the Entire Patient Journey

Posted by Brent Walker on Thu, Sep 14, 2017

In 1998, Patch Adams debuted in theaters across the country. Based on a true story, the movie featured Robin Williams in the role of unorthodox physician and founder of the Gesundheit! Institute, Hunter “Patch” Adams. Almost 20 years later, a speech near the end of the movie still resonates, albeit for a different reason, when Adams says: “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”

In the face of growing healthcare consumerism, it’s not just the clinical experiences that count. Every interaction in a consumer’s healthcare journey—from the first “doctors near me” Google search and call for an appointment to post-visit follow-up and bill payment—need to meet (or surpass) expectations. The question is: How can you understand what each patient expects? 


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Tags: Healthcare Consumerism, Nonclinical Patient Experience, Psychographic Segmentation, Healthcare Journey

Why Hospitals Aren't Keeping Up with Consumer Expectations

Posted by Brent Walker on Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Hospital leaders know how important it has become to meet healthcare consumer expectations. Whether an organization relies on the traditional fee-for-service payments or is transitioning to value-based reimbursements, attracting consumers, and delivering personalized experiences is critical. As H&HN Daily notes, “Regardless of the form of reimbursement, assisting people in making good choices improves the quality, efficiency and safety of care.”

And, of course, leaders in delivering on—and beyond—consumer expectations also gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. But despite the fact that hospitals and health systems consider healthcare consumerism a top priority, many aren’t developing the capabilities and capturing the data needed to address healthcare consumerism effectively. In fact, according to a report from Kaufman, Hall & Associates, fewer than one in 10 healthcare organizations are consistently delivering the experiences healthcare consumers crave.

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Tags: Healthcare Consumerism, Healthcare Consumer Expectations, Psychographic Segmentation

3 Healthcare Consumerism Barriers & How to Overcome Them

Posted by Brent Walker on Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Are you getting frustrated with comparisons that pit healthcare organizations against companies like Amazon and Disney? After all, retail therapy or a vacation to the Magic Kingdom is a far cry from the stress of weighing options for a knee replacement surgery or an unexpected visit to an emergency room.

Yet increasingly, consumers want experiences that compare well to consumer-oriented businesses. And according to research by Oliver Wyman, “more personalized health and wellness can deliver up to 40 percent better value and a 100 times improvement in the consumer experience.”

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Tags: Healthcare Consumerism, Healthcare Data, healthcare analytics, Psychographic Segmentation

3 Healthcare Consumerism Trends to Watch

Posted by Brent Walker on Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Healthcare consumerism is here to stay. Healthcare reform kindled the fire as market conditions shifted costs to the consumer. Omnipresent smartphones, wearable fitness devices, advanced healthcare analytics engines and the steady influx of new technologies further fanned the flames.

With consumer expectations changing, hospitals and health systems must adapt to a more consumer-centric approach—like perennial consumer favorite Amazon—or risk losing out to more innovative competitors in the market. Staying on top of the hottest healthcare consumerism trends can help you reach and engage your consumers wherever they are.

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Tags: Healthcare Consumerism, Healthcare Data, healthcare analytics, Psychographic Segmentation

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