Is your hospital ready to take on retail-behemoths like Amazon and Walmart? What about the combined forces resulting from the CVS-Aetna and Cigna-Express Scripts mergers? Many may not be, based on Kaufman Hall’s analysis of 2018 patient volumes at 600 hospitals. The healthcare consulting firm found that “Volume trends demonstrated consistent underperformance relative to last year, with a few indicators showing increasing underperformance.”Read More
Insights on Today's Healthcare Consumer
It started on January 1, 2011 — the day that the first Baby Boomers turned 65. Every day since, approximately 10,000 more have joined the ranks of senior Americans. That’s more than 53 million aging adults in need of healthcare, but connecting with them is another story. How can healthcare organizations improve patient acquisition and engagement among Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation?Read More
When the Pew Research Center first surveyed mobile phone ownership in 2011, only 35% of Americans owned a smartphone. But in less than a decade, the share of Americans that own a smartphone has climbed to 77% — rivaling desktop or laptop computer ownership. Additionally, 53% also own tablet computers.
With all of that in mind, is your patient acquisition strategy built to reach today’s very mobile healthcare consumers?Read More
Market segmentation dates back to the early 1900s. However, as technology has advanced, so have the ways that healthcare organizations identify, cluster and message consumers to drive patient engagement.Read More
More than a decade ago, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reported that “Health is influenced by factors in five domains—genetics, social circumstances, environmental exposures, behavioral patterns and healthcare.” In the ensuing years, the adoption of technology, shift from volume- to value-based care, and rise of healthcare consumerism have begun to transform healthcare in America.Read More
Sometimes brand loyalty is easy to recognize. Check out the lines of Marvel film fanatics on opening night. Talk to an Apple aficionado or a Disney devotee. Of course, those brands have an instant advantage over healthcare organizations because—let’s face it—most people don’t have the same kind of positive associations with healthcare experiences as they do with a trip to the ‘Happiest Place on Earth.’ As a result, hospitals and other healthcare providers need to up their game when it comes to patient engagement and measuring patient loyalty.Read More
Positive patient experiences have been called the ‘Holy Grail’ of healthcare—and for a good reason. “Today, patients have more care options than ever before,” writes Holly Ragan in D CEO Healthcare. “And with non-traditional providers coming out of the woodwork, healthcare systems are in need of new approaches to create patient experiences that are second to none.”
So, why the focus on patient experiences? Because each interaction has the potential to build or bulldoze patient loyalty.Read More
All too often, hospitals and medical practices rely on sterile healthcare marketing campaigns. Some highlight cutting-edge technology or specialist expertise—which is good for potential patients to know, of course, but not terribly inspiring. Others take a one-size-fits-all approach—based on demographics or a shared diagnosis, for example—that fails to deliver the desired engagement.
These tactics may have worked in the past, but today’s healthcare consumers have different expectations. It’s time to get personal.Read More
Up to 77 percent of consumers are interested in telemedicine, yet fewer than 20 percent have actually done so. From the provider side, the main roadblock has been a lack of reimbursement for virtual care.Read More
What is the most costly health condition in America? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s heart disease. The organization estimates that poor cardiovascular health outcomes cost the country more than $200 billion annually due to necessary medications, healthcare services and lost productivity. What’s even more troubling, reports the American Heart Association, is that heart disease rates are increasing in the United States, even as they decline globally.Read More