Patient Care in Action: An Orthopedic Healthcare Journey Example

Consider this: a person’s experience makes or breaks their choice of healthcare provider for 78 percent of customers, according to PwC’s 2018 “Experience is Everything” survey. This isn’t so surprising, as the impact of customer experience has gained importance across industries over recent years. Why? Because easy access to information means customers evaluate their options like never before, creating a level of competition that makes differentiating incredibly challenging.

To win business, health systems need to provide experiences that successfully attract and retain patients. Start by optimizing the consumer journey.

The typical healthcare consumer journey consists of 6 stages that together work to find, guide, and keep patients for life. Let’s look at each stage and what your organization needs to do to attract, delight, and retain patients throughout their care experience:

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Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller, Jr. is Vice President, Customer Success 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.
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Stay Ahead of the Competition: 5 Healthcare Marketing Trends to Know

Healthcare marketing trends originate from a variety of sources — marketing in other industries, societal changes, and overarching movements in the healthcare industry, just to name a few. Though constantly evolving, these influences represent opportunities for healthcare marketers to connect with customers in new ways.

Two of the biggest influences on healthcare marketing today are the rise of consumerism and the adoption of new technologies. In the wake of rising healthcare costs, consumers want to get the most value from their providers. Faced with a myriad of care options, this means people are spending more time researching and putting thought into their care decisions.

Knowing this, health systems need to find new ways to reach and engage consumers who are using the Internet and other digital channels to weigh care options. Modern healthcare marketers can take advantage of technology solutions, such as healthcare CRM, coupled with mutli-channel marketing tactics to deploy smarter patient acquisition and retention strategies.

The shifts in consumer choice and technology use are the driving forces behind trends sweeping through the healthcare marketing field today. In this post, we’ll break down five popular healthcare marketing trends and how businesses can take advantage of them.

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Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller, Jr. is Vice President, Customer Success 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.
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The Benefits of Creating and Leveraging Customer Journey Maps

Understanding why customers behave the way they do can be extremely valuable for organizations. In fact, companies that focus on how and why customers make decisions and interact with businesses, also known as the customer’s journey, reap over 50 percent greater return on marketing investment than those who do not.

Any industry can benefit from mapping the customer’s journey, and healthcare is no exception. The truth of the matter is, many healthcare organizations provide excellent clinical care but fall short when it comes to administrative experiences. A lot of potential customers never become patients, and a lot of current patients lose contact with the healthcare organization simply because administrative departments do not know how to engage or communicate with them.

Using journey maps as a guide, healthcare marketers can implement programs and processes that deliver timely and relevant information and fill gaps that cause leakage in the customer’s experience. This practice can help to improve pre- and post-clinical engagement, as well as further population health initiatives.

Let’s look at the benefits of customer and patient journey mapping and how this exercise can help improve engagement and population health initiatives: More

Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller, Jr. is Vice President, Customer Success 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.
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3 Patient Marketing Strategies to Improve Retention

Across industries, it costs five times as much to attract a new customer than to retain an existing one. The probability of selling to an existing customer is also 60 to 70 percent, compared to 5 to 20 percent for a new customer.

In the healthcare industry specifically, customer drop-off rates can be extremely high. In fact, the MGMA 2016 Practice Operations Report found specialties experience a median of 5-8 percent no-show rate. Another report found up to 20 percent of patients do not follow up on their doctor’s referrals to specialists.

If a patient ends up losing touch with the health system at some point along their care journey, the organization wastes acquisition costs and misses out on future revenue opportunities. A focus on patient retention can help cut costs and boost revenue by improving quality and longevity of patient relationships and word-of-mouth referrals.

This post examines three patient marketing strategies that can be used to improve retention.

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Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller, Jr. is Vice President, Customer Success 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.
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How Effective Digital Marketing Can Enhance the Patient Journey

Utilizing Digital Marketing in Healthcare With more and more customers using online sources to obtain information about their health, traditional healthcare marketing tactics are no longer as effective as they once were.

In fact, studies have shown one in twenty Google searches are around health-related information. If marketers want to successfully reach and engage healthcare customers today, they need to leverage digital marketing.

Targeting the right patients with relevant and useful information through online communication channels is possible with dynamic healthcare digital marketing strategies like social media, search engine, and email marketing. With the help of these digital tactics, healthcare marketers can create online campaigns and optimize in real time to improve customer and patient care experiences.

Let’s review how digital marketing can enhance the customer and patient journey: More

Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller

Gary Druckenmiller, Jr. is Vice President, Customer Success 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.
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