Insights on Today's Healthcare Consumer

How Market Research and Consumer Insights Are Being Used to Improve Health Outcomes

Posted by Brent Walker on Thu, Sep 27, 2018

Kaiser Family Foundation research on healthcare spending and health outcomes reveals that Americans have higher disease rates and shorter life expectancies than healthcare consumers in other wealthy nations. KFF says, “Unfortunately, ranked with other comparable countries, the U.S. has the highest rate of deaths that are preventable by good healthcare.”

Since the U.S. spends more on healthcare than comparable countries, throwing money at the problem won’t solve it—and neither will the status quo.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, health outcomes, Patient Engagement

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

Data Uses that Dictate Health Outcomes for Your Patients

Posted by Brent Walker on Wed, Aug 29, 2018

Several years ago, population health expert David B. Nash, MD, said, “The most important five-digit number I need to predict your health status and well-being is your ZIP code, bar none.” Is it hyperbole to suggest that where a healthcare consumer lives is a determining factor in health outcomes?  

Not according to the expert panelists this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin. During the hour-long session, “Your Zip Code: The Key to Health,” Jay Bhatt of the American Hospital Association, Eric Gertler of US News & World Report, Garth Graham of the Aetna Foundation and Kavita Patel of the Brookings Institution & Johns Hopkins Medicine Sibley Primary Care confirmed that a person’s zip code can be just as predictive of health as genetics.

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Tags: health outcomes, Psychographic Segmentation, Patient Engagement

Health Data Insights You Need to Improve Patient Outcomes

Posted by Brent Walker on Wed, Aug 15, 2018

The increasingly digital world allows for increasingly personalized tactics for engaging consumers—whether they are potential retail customers or healthcare patients. The mountains of data available offer transformative potential when organizations unearth meaningful insights into individual customers’ needs and expectations.

As your hospital or healthcare organization works to connect with modern healthcare consumers to drive better health outcomes, you can learn from leading customer-centric organizations—regardless of the industry and consumers that they serve—to  pinpoint the types of health data insights you should be collecting about your patients.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Patient Engagement, health outcomes

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

Driving Patient Activation with Psychographic Segmentation

Posted by Brent Walker on Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Several years ago, we noted that patient activation was popping up in many conversations among hospital and health insurance executives. The push toward value-based care combined with the pressure to reduce preventable hospital readmissions has kept patient activation—and its cohort, patient engagement—in the conversation spotlight.

And why not? Aside from the obvious, personal health benefits of being an activated patient, patient activation benefits the broader health care system by driving down costs.  A study involving 33,000 patients, published in the journal Health Affairs, found that the least activated patients had costs up to 21 percent higher than patients with the highest activation.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Patient Engagement, patient activation measures

PatientBond Acquires c2b solutions to Offer Breakthrough Platform for Precision Engagement

Posted by Brent Walker on Wed, Jan 24, 2018

Combined capabilities allow PatientBond to improve its clients’ business and clinical outcomes coupling Healthcare Consumer Psychographics with Digital Engagement Workflows

ELMHURST, Illinois and CINCINNATI, Ohio – 1/24/18 – PatientBond, LLC, an innovative provider of healthcare consumer digital engagement services, has acquired c2b solutions, LLC, the leader in healthcare psychographic segmentation and consumer insights to enhance healthcare organization strategies and patient behavior change efforts.

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Tags: precision engagement, Patient Engagement

What Will Become the Biggest Disruptors for Healthcare in 2018?

Posted by Brent Walker on Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Three years ago, healthcare was undergoing a transformation, led by healthcare consumers and the companies that cater to them. Government-led reforms, from incentive programs for adopting healthcare IT to the Affordable Care Act-driven insurance marketplaces, got the ball rolling, but consumers, faced with greater responsibility for the costs of healthcare, have exerted considerable influence on the entire industry.

Given ongoing uncertainties about the fate of the ACA, we still can, as the saying goes, expect the unexpected. But one fact is clear: Healthcare consumerism will continue to inspire innovation—and disruption—in the healthcare landscape.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Patient Engagement, digital patient engagement

Psychographic Segments Defined: Willful Endurers

Posted by Brent Walker on Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Conducting effective healthcare market research is hardly a simple task, especially when you consider the profound diversity of the healthcare consumer audience. For example, it's  unwise to assume that individuals with similar health conditions would respond the same way to a certain type of messaging, or that they would demonstrate the same approach to disease management, prescription utilization patterns, and so forth.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Psychographics, Psychographic Segmentation Healthcare, Willful Endurers, Patient Behavior Change, Patient Engagement

Psychographic Segments Defined: Direction Takers

Posted by Brent Walker on Tue, Nov 21, 2017

In the field of consumer research, marketers use several different methods to define and understand their target audience. Grouping people according to demographic factors such as age, gender, income or ethnicity has been a staple of consumer segmentation for decades now. And while it does offer an introductory level of insight into the similarities among consumers, it falls short of recognizing the vast differences in beliefs, values, motivations, and priorities that can exist even within a single demographic variable.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Psychographics, Psychographic Segmentation Healthcare, Direction Takers, Patient Behavior Change, Patient Engagement

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