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Understanding Patient Engagement with Facebook

Despite some recent missteps, Facebook remains a thriving place for online patient communities. Understanding how patients are using Facebook can help those in the healthcare industry leverage the platform to better engage with patients and caregivers.   Why do patients use Facebook? Patients use Facebook the same way and for the same reasons that most…

Patient Opinion Leaders: 4 Major Opportunities for Impact

Patient Opinion Leaders: A New Breed of Influencer “Knowledgeable patients and caregivers who are passionate about sharing what they know with others”- that’s what defines patient opinion leaders (POLs). They don’t claim to have diagnostic skills and they don’t give medical advice. However, they do want to help others who are facing similar diagnoses and…

Emotional Marketing in Healthcare: How are You Using It?

Healthcare is rooted in science. As such, it is an industry that relies on rationality and evidence. Data and statistics are vital for developing drugs, for treating patients, and even for successful marketing. That said, for the healthcare consumer, the rational, evidence-based facts are often secondary. Health is a topic rife with emotion. Often, this…

Patient-Centered Business Growth: The Value Delivered to Pharma

Beginning with the publication of Crossing the Quality Chasm in 2001 through the ACA-mandated measures of quality of care and up to today, pharma and the healthcare industry have put significant effort into implementing patient-centered business growth into their plans. For pharma, patient-centeredness promised to be a business growth platform. Nearly two decades in, what…

Social Life of Health Information

When it comes to health, people have always consulted with others in their social and professional circles. So, whether looking for more info or for data to confirm decisions made, plenty of conversations about health happen outside the examination room. As with so many things, the internet and social networks now make it possible for…

5 Current Trends in Healthcare

As we wait to see what the coming year will bring, now is a great time to look at what is currently going on in the world of healthcare. Many of the trends that we see today may be predictors of what is coming in the near future. Can you guess what will be next?…
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