Insights on Today's Healthcare Consumer

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: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, health outcomes

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: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, health outcomes

Inspired by HBR: How Psychographic Segmentation Boosts Patient Loyalty

Posted by Brent Walker on Wed, Jul 25, 2018

Have you noticed the latest Snickers advertising campaign? The brand is introducing new flavors aligned with personality traits. Indecisive? Choose Snickers Salty & Sweet. Irritable? Try Snickers Espresso for a quick boost. Wimpy? Spice up your attitude with a Snickers Fiery.

The campaign just started in June, so its effectiveness remains to be seen, but the behavioral science behind the marketing is sound. And for hospitals, specialist clinics, medical practices, and other healthcare-related organizations, the use of psychographic segmentation—classifying consumers based on how they think, feel, and act—can help strengthen patient loyalty in healthcare.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, patient loyalty in healthcare

What Drives Patient Loyalty in Healthcare?

Posted by Brent Walker on Wed, Jul 18, 2018

Asked about Apple's interest in healthcare during an interview with Fortune, CEO Tim Cook was clear: “We're extremely interested in this area. And yes, it is a business opportunity. If you look at it, medical health activity is the largest or second-largest component of the economy, depending on which country in the world you're dealing with.” He concluded by saying, “I do think it's a big area for Apple's future.”

Does that make you nervous? With consumer loyalty leaders like Apple, Amazon and Google announcing forays into the healthcare space, organizations from hospital systems to primary care practices are under pressure to step up their game when it comes to patient loyalty in healthcare.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, patient loyalty in healthcare

How Psychographic Segmentation Can Help You Acquire New Patients

Posted by Brent Walker on Wed, Jun 27, 2018

Have you noticed the latest Snickers advertising campaign? The brand is introducing new flavors aligned with personality traits. Indecisive? Choose Snickers Salty & Sweet. Irritable? Try Snickers Espresso for a quick boost. Wimpy? Spice up your attitude with a Snickers Fiery.

The campaign just started in June, so its effectiveness remains to be seen, but the behavioral science behind the marketing is sound. And for hospitals, specialist clinics, medical practices, and other healthcare-related organizations, the use of psychographic segmentation—classifying consumers based on how they think, feel, and act—can help strengthen patient loyalty in healthcare.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, patient acquisition

The 4 Biggest Patient Acquisition Mistakes That Medical Practices Make

Posted by Brent Walker on Wed, Jun 20, 2018

Is your patient acquisition program falling short? If you’re struggling to grow your medical practice, you’re not alone.

According to data cited in a recent New York Times article, office visits to primary care doctors declined 18 percent from 2012 to 2016. In addition, partnerships like the proposed merger between CVS Health, which operates more than 1,000 MinuteClinics, and insurance-giant Aetna puts added pressure on traditional medical practices.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, acquisition

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: Patient Engagement, Healthcare Consumerism, Psychographic Segmentation

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: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, patient activation measures

How to Engage Millennial Healthcare Consumers in 2018

Posted by Brent Walker on Tue, Jan 23, 2018

When we wrote about engaging Millennial consumers back in January 2015, the fledgling healthcare marketplace had just finished its first flight. Three years later, healthcare in the U.S. is still in flux, but one fact hasn’t changed.   

Given that Millennials actually outnumber Baby Boomers by 11 million people, healthcare providers, health insurers and other healthcare-related organizations need tangible insights into this generation. Traditional consumer segmentation offers only part of the story.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, millennials, millennial healthcare, millennial health

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: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, digital patient engagement

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