Why Patient Satisfaction is Key to Physician Marketing

[Series Installment] As the US healthcare ivery system becomes increasingly consumer-driven, patient satisfaction is important than ever. Forward thinking medical practices routinely put the patient/consumer at the center of their progressive planning. Hospitals and medical systems have the standardized HCAHPS instruments. Increasingly providers and marketing professionals want to hear the voice of the customer through…

Patient Experience: Why You Can’t Mandate Patient-Centeredness

The “voice of the customer” is a vital hospital marketing tool. And for many facilities, a Family Advisory Council (FAC) provides the patient experience “voice.” Feedback via the FAC can be an amazing resource that drives patient-centered care. Unfortunately, it takes than a mandate to create culture change and leadership buy-in. [Guest Post by…

Case Example: How the Healing Arts Enhance Patient Experience

[Guest Post by Dr. Paul Rosen] Evidence continues to build that art and music promote healing. Here’s a real-world story about the power of the healing arts and enhanced patient experience. Don’t miss the inspiring original song and video. It’s from the Nemours Creative Arts Therapy program at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. A couple…

Flowers and Blue Ice: From Satisfied Patient to Raving Fan Forever 

A close friend of mine shared a personal story that’s worth re-telling. It illustrates a real-world patient experience that moved the measure of satisfaction from “simply satisfied” to “raving fan” status. Although this story comes from the dental profession, the core concept will easily transfer to other healthcare specialties. Consider how you can apply this…

Improving the Forgotten Half of Doctor-Patient Communications

The doctor’s comment was a bit startling, but it was entirely believable. A physician-friend tells us that 75 percent of doctors forget to introduce themselves properly when meeting patients. OK…it’s a hectic day in the office. Behind schedule…again. The usual stuff. But without a proper introduction—quick, simple, sincere—everything that follows in the encounter is slightly off-center…

An Easy, Quick and Effective Way to Engage Patient Loyalty

This question is a tantalizing, but kinda-easy, riddle. How can the largest retail operation in the US have no stores? The answer, of course, is that the Internet (and on shopping) has given us .com. And, by market value, it’s bigger than Walmart. But and other on shopping centers have a high-priority need to…

Welcome Back: The Power of Building Your Business From the Inside

Just up the street there’s a popular restaurant that greets customers as they’re arriving. Often a staff person will open the door, and, with a bright smile, offer a warm greeting of “Welcome Back!” The thing is, EVERYONE gets the “welcome back” greeting, even first-time guests, and even if the greeter and guest have never…

The Best Strategies in Healthcare Begin with Empathy [Podcast]

[Leadership Podcast Series] In this insightful and inspiring interview, Thomas H. Lee, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Press Ganey, and Stewart Gandolf, CEO of Healthcare Success, discuss An Epidemic of Empathy in Healthcare. In an increasingly consumer-driven health care environment, organizations must compete on ivering value for the patient. The traditional physician-centered world of health care ivery…

Is Your Hospital Brave Enough to Publish Online Physician Reviews?

A breakthrough idea can be a scary thing. The nation’s healthcare ivery system has been a sea of change in general. But particularly off-putting are the notions that sharply depart from the comfort, familiarity and predictability of traditional ways of doing things. As a case in point, we might reasonably imagine the reactions of doctors…

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