Q&A: Proactive Engagement Centers: How Scripps Health Transformed their Traditional Call Center to Deliver Customer-Centric Experiences

Engagement Center RepToo often call center representatives lack context to why a consumer is calling and are forced into a reactive—rather than proactive—position. This creates a disjointed, impersonalized, experience. Because a strong patient-provider relationship is central to this strategic market shift from “volume/episodic” care to “value/relational” care, health systems now need to capitalize on every patient and consumer interaction—from fielding the first inquiry to actively supporting proactive health, ongoing care, and recovery —to achieve a “trusted provider” status in the eyes of the “shopper”.

To respond fully—and to optimize every consumer or patient inquiry—health systems need to speak with a unified voice and deliver consistent, positive experiences with every interaction, both in the physical world and online.

Enter the call center.

Call centers were created to handle everything from switchboard/call-routing to appointment scheduling, pre-registration, and billing questions, as well as physician referrals, nurse triage, and marketing response. In reality, though, many call centers today are falling short on optimizing every patient inquiry and delivering the exceptional, positive experience that every patient expects.

In a recent webinar hosted by Becker’s Hospital Review, Don Stanziano, Corporate Vice President, Marketing and Communications at Scripps Health and Rachel Neely, Senior Healthcare Consultant at Evariant discussed how Scripps implemented an engagement center solution to capitalize on every customer interaction to build deeper, more personalized relationships with their prospects and existing customers.

Let’s take a look at some key takeaways and questions asked during the webinar: More

Courtney Smigiel

Courtney Smigiel

Courtney Smigiel manages the Evariant webinar program, tradeshows and other industry conferences and events, as well as content syndication programs. She has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare, retail, non-profit, hospitality, and utilities to create dynamic and strategic results-driven decisions. Prior to joining Evariant, Courtney served on the digital marketing team for online British retailer J.P. Boden. She holds a bachelor of science in marketing from Bentley University.
Courtney Smigiel

Q&A: Go Beyond the Acquisition: Wake Forest Baptist Health Leverages Journey Mapping for Improved Patient Engagement

The patient experience isn’t confined just to the interactions your patients have while at your health system for their appointments. It starts far before they step into your hospital, and extends even after they are discharged. As marketers, we need to maximize the value of every single interaction to best facilitate engagement with patients to retain them for life. This means building out multichannel campaigns that are targeted, trackable, and result in profitable growth for your health system.

We recently started talking more about the concept of “patient journey maps,” which allow health systems to identify gaps in the patient experience that lead to loss and limited retention. By leveraging journey maps, we can better identify areas for improved communication – from providing reminders and best practices pre-clinical encounter, to guiding patients through recovery with prescribed post-care follow-ups, to ongoing preventative nurturing and cross-selling. Many of our clients have completed this exercise, which has allowed them to dive into the patient journey and identify how to address gaps through their patient experiences to keep patients excited and engaged.

During a recent webinar, Jeff House, AVP of Marketing at Wake Forest Baptist Health and Gary Druckenmiller, VP, Marketing Practice Lead at Evariant, discussed how to implement patient journey mapping to develop multichannel campaigns and best facilitate engagement with patients across the entire care continuum. The presentation was originally delivered at the Healthcare Marketing & Physician Strategies Summit (HMPS) earlier in May in Austin. It received such an overwhelming, positive response, that we asked Jeff and Gary to deliver the presentation again.

In case you missed the webinar, here’s a quick summary of the key takeaways along with the audience questions and answers: More

Courtney Smigiel

Courtney Smigiel

Courtney Smigiel manages the Evariant webinar program, tradeshows and other industry conferences and events, as well as content syndication programs. She has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare, retail, non-profit, hospitality, and utilities to create dynamic and strategic results-driven decisions. Prior to joining Evariant, Courtney served on the digital marketing team for online British retailer J.P. Boden. She holds a bachelor of science in marketing from Bentley University.
Courtney Smigiel

Arming the Marketer: Partnering with the Engagement Center

This is the first post in a series that discusses ways in which healthcare marketers can drive success in today’s evolving healthcare landscape. The second post in the series discusses healthcare marketing financials and the third post shares how to create dashboards for the C-suite. The fourth and final post discusses how to get started with nurturing in healthcare.

Healthcare Engagement CenterToday’s healthcare marketers face near-constant change in an industry that brings both challenges and opportunities.

And it’s no wonder: With the rise of consumerism, patient-centric care, and personalization, the healthcare marketer must leverage all the tools in his or her arsenal to get in front of patients, drive referrals, and increase patient volumes.

Enter the engagement center.

With consumers and patients expecting exceptional experiences with healthcare systems, marketers must find ways to bring the call center and marketing together to attract, retain, and improve relationships with patients. More

Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller, Jr. is Vice President, Marketing Practice Lead at Evariant. He functions as lead strategist, digital marketing thought leader and C-level executive sponsor for all of Evariant’s enterprise clients, primarily focused on advising health system leadership of opportunistic methods to improve their digital presence and interactive growth potential. Prior to Evariant, Gary served as Vice-President for Harte-Hanks, responsible for healthcare digital strategy and deliverables including multi-channel campaigns, paid digital media, social media, CRM and analytics. Gary has been with Evariant for 8 years and can be heard often on the hospital marketing speaking circuit. Gary has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Bentley University.
Gary Druckenmiller

Webinar Q&A – Bridge the Gap Between Marketing + Call Center to Achieve Richer Patient Engagement

Consumers are engaging with providers and health systems in new ways, and they expect great healthcare experiences just like they expect great experiences with other brands. Health systems must take every opportunity to capitalize on every patient and consumer interaction — from the first inquiry to actively supporting proactive health, ongoing care, and recovery.

We explored this topic during a recent webinar, Bridging the Gap between Marketing + Call Center to Achieve Richer Patient Engagement. Speaker Gary Druckenmiller, Jr., Vice President, Marketing Practice Lead at Evariant, shared how bringing the call center and marketing together can attract, retain, and improve relationships with patients.

To the consumer, there should be no difference in the interactions regardless of how they originate. This requires call center agents to have the right 360° view of the caller at their fingertips to understand how they’ve previously interacted with the health system – including marketing campaigns they’ve seen. In doing so, health systems can create remarkable, memorable, and rich interactions with patients to enhance the experience and make patients feel like their systems are “walking right alongside them.”

In case you missed the webinar, here’s a quick summary of the key takeaways, along with audience questions: More

Courtney Smigiel

Courtney Smigiel

Courtney Smigiel manages the Evariant webinar program, tradeshows and other industry conferences and events, as well as content syndication programs. She has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare, retail, non-profit, hospitality, and utilities to create dynamic and strategic results-driven decisions. Prior to joining Evariant, Courtney served on the digital marketing team for online British retailer J.P. Boden. She holds a bachelor of science in marketing from Bentley University.
Courtney Smigiel

Extending Your EHR Investment With CRM to Meaningfully Engage Patients

This is the final post in a series of four that discuss why hospitals and health systems must look beyond the Electronic Health Record (EHR) in order to cultivate richer patient engagement and boost patient loyalty, and how a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, when integrated with your EHR system, can help you interact and engage with your patients in more meaningful ways.

Read our first post that defines patient engagement and explains why it’s so important in fostering trust between a patient and his or her healthcare system. Our second post discusses why health systems need more than just an EHR to successfully engage their patients. The third post discusses how a CRM system can bridge the patient engagement gap.

Patient and Health ProviderOptimize the Monies Spent on Your EHR

Has your EHR system influenced your patients’ behavior in order to change their healthcare decisions? Can you measure the return on investment (ROI) that your EHR system has delivered? Can your EHR proactively drive patient engagement in a bi-directional conversation? Can your EHR educate and target any given patient on how he or she can proactively manage his or her health? More

Kristin Hambelton

Kristin Hambelton

Kristin is responsible for leading marketing and inside sales at Evariant. She oversees all marketing strategy and operations including product marketing, branding, demand generation, and corporate communications. She also manages the team that is responsible for identifying, qualifying, and developing opportunities for the sales organization. Prior to joining Evariant, Kristin worked for Adobe as a result of their acquisition of Neolane, where she served as vice president of marketing.
Kristin Hambelton