HealthLeaders Media Marketing Weekly - November 3, 2010 | Three Steps to Reach the Wireless Patient
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3 Steps to Reach the Wireless Patient
Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media

My eight-year-old neighbor has a smartphone. My partially blind elderly aunt has a smartphone. And Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to have a smartphone. And if you want qualitative evidence that more people are using the devices, 17% of U.S. adults used a smartphone in 2009, up from 11% in 2008 and 7% in 2007, according to Forrester Research. In response to this upward trend, forward-looking hospitals are beginning to focus their marketing efforts on mobile technologies such as mobile-specific websites, geotargeted mobile ads, and custom smartphone applications. [Read More]
  November 3, 2010


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Patient-centered care may aid chronic depression
Relatively simple interventions such as follow-up phone conversations with care managers appear to help patients control chronic depression symptoms. The depression interventions were introduced in five family care practices at the University of Michigan Health System. Specifically, 728 enrollees were compared to 78 control patients receiving usual care for 18 months. At the end of the study, 49.2% of 120 enrollees who completed 18-month assessments were in remission, compared to 27.3% in the control group who were in remission. The interventions were not telephone therapy, says Michael Klinkman, MD, a professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and lead author of the study. The key was to keep patients in treatment. With this care management approach, physicians can closely monitor whether a patient's condition is worsening. In many cases, patients simply don't follow up-in this case, physicians take the initiative. [Read More]
Users favor mobile browsers over downloadable mobile apps
When it comes to the mobile user experience, respondents generally favor mobile browser experiences over downloadable mobile app experiences, according to research from Adobe Systems. Consumers tend to prefer mobile apps when interacting with social media, music, and self-contained experiences such as games and maps. Overall, consumers report equal satisfaction levels with their browser and app experiences and spend about the same amount of time interacting with each. Males aged 30-49 tend to be the most active content consumers, whereas more women (80%) engage with social media on their devices compared to men (70%). Something to consider if you're debating between creating a mobile-specific site or a smartphone app. [Read More]
HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations
Building ACOs was a hot topic at SHSMD this year, which I discussed on the MarketShare blog. Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. [Read More]
Campaign Spotlight
Hospital Enhances Print Ads With Barcode Technology
Middle Tennessee Medical Center's advertising campaign promoting the opening of its new facility looks like a traditional effort. The print ads feature a photo of the hospital building and a little blurb about the organization's specialties. But in the bottom right corner of the ad, there is a small square box containing a scramble of black and white shapes. Though it may look out of place, this QR code—a two-dimensional bar code—can enhance consumers' experiences with traditional advertising. [Read More]
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Why Patient Experience Should Drive CEO Decision-Making:
If a hospital is to become patient-centric, the CEO has to have patient experience at the top of his or her list of concerns, says Gary Adamson, chief executive officer of Starizon Studio. The CEO is the only person in the organization who can span across all the department silos and drive a well-thought out orchestrated patient experience, he says. [Listen Now]
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