Digital or Traditional, Campaign Messaging Is Paramount

HealthLeaders Media Marketing Weekly - November 10, 2010 | Digital or Traditional, Campaign Messaging is Paramount
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Digital or Traditional, Campaign Messaging is Paramount
Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media

When discussing new tactics to reach healthcare consumers, it's easy to hone in on social media strategies and other digital platforms. I'm certainly guilty of it—13 of my columns this year involve online- and tech-related topics. But every now and then it's beneficial to remind ourselves that healthcare communications don't always have to involve a battery-operated device to be relevant and engaging. [Read More]
  November 10, 2010


Editor's Picks
Physician Porsche Article Results in PR Disaster
The September issue of Christophorus, a magazine for Porsche enthusiasts, enraged some California physicians and hospital leaders this week because it features a nine-page glamour spread showing 10 blue-scrubbed physicians on staff at San Diego's Alvarado Hospital, all touting their expensive Porches, which sit glistening beside them in the hospital parking lot, HealthLeaders Media Senior Editor Cheryl Clark reports. Several physicians described the Alvarado physicians' involvement as "stupid," and "counterproductive to the move to repeal the [sustainable growth rate formula]," because they think it enhances the stereotype of the super rich doctor who can afford to buy $100,0000 cars, and couldn't care less what happens to the Medicare fee schedule. Physician and hospital owner Pedram Salimpour said the article was never intended as a commentary on any aspect of the healthcare profession, but one has to question the hospital's judgment to allow these doctors to participate. Be sure to read the comment section for some interesting discussion. [Read More]
Study finds Muslim women uncomfortable with U.S. doctors
American doctors' ignorance of Islamic beliefs and values could affect the physician patient-relationship with Muslim Americans, according to a study. USA Today reports that in focus groups of Muslim Americans, "women would say, 'I delay care because I can't find a provider that's of the same gender. They want me to put this gown on, but I'm uncomfortable,' " according to the study's lead author Aasim Padela, a Muslim emergency medicine doctor at the University of Michigan who is a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in London. This issue will only gain importance as the U.S. Muslim population of about seven million continues to grow. It is also a great reminder to consider a variety of cultures when crafting your patient satisfaction and experience strategy. [Read More]
The Viability of American Mobile Health
Health workers around the world are using mobile devices and wireless technologies to track infectious diseases, conduct research, treat patients, and bring access to modern healthcare to patients in developing nations, remote regions, and rural villages in ways never before possible, writes HealthLeaders Media Senior Technology Editor Gienna Shaw in her column, "Can U.S. Mobile Health Efforts Survive the Wonks and Skeptics?" But the U.S. isn't keeping up due to bureaucrats who won't invest in unproven programs, policy wonks who fret about lack of regulation, and a widespread skepticism and lack of understanding of the benefits of mHealth, according to an international panel of experts and government officials at the mHealth Summit in Washington, DC, this week. [Read More]
Campaign Spotlight
Hospital Foundation Seeks to Bolster Donor Pride
Hoping to motivate its community to become more active in donating to its foundation, Welland Hospital this week launched an advertising campaign featuring patient experiences and how the hospital has affected patient lives. The Welland, Canada hospital, which is just over the New York border, is trying to raise $561,000 this year to buy new equipment. The ad campaign emphasizes how much equipment helps patients reach positive outcomes. [Read More]
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