• Life-Changing Ideas From Cannes
    June 2014 marked the inaugural Lions Health Awards in Cannes, France, billed as a "Festival for Creativity" in healthcare communications. The two-day event took place immediately prior to the weeklong Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and promises to be for healthcare advertising what Cannes Lions is to general advertising.
  • 4 Barriers To Patient Engagement And How To Overcome Them
    We can all agree that empowering patients to engage in their healthcare is a good thing. Improving patients' understanding of their disease and health so they take a more active role in their healthcare has been shown to lead to better health outcomes and reduced costs.
  • Why Improving Data Literacy Is Essential
    I've long believed that communication is central to health and wellness.
  • Why It's Worth Your While To Validate Communications Upfront
    Healthcare marketers are intensively data-driven when analyzing the results of their campaigns, but are they as disciplined when developing creative communications on the front end? Our research has shown that a small investment of time and resources upfront can pay big dividends with results on the back end.
  • Why Two Days In The South Of France Is Good For Our Health
    This year Health took a place at the table - or should I say at a table alongside the table that is the Cannes Lions Festival of creativity. A week before the big kick-off I had the pleasure of serving on the Health and Wellness Jury and was astounded by the quality of some of the entries.
  • Preventative Care Gets Creative
    The countless health benefits of exercise and a healthy diet are no secret and have long been touted by physicians. New programs have cropped up in recent years that seek to make regular exercise and fresh, organic produce more accessible, helping to keep patients healthier while creating opportunity for marketers to get involved. Fitness and health food brands would be wise to seek out partnerships with health insurance providers and create more incentives for patients to lead healthier lifestyles, begetting long-term benefits for everyone.
  • How To Find Your Future Patients In A Sea Of Consumers
    Consumer targeting is about to have its day in the sun. Let me explain.
  • Lessons And Opportunities
    Now that the near-deafening noise surrounding the Affordable Care Act's Healthcare Exchanges has subsided, many Americans are eager to find out what comes next. So far, 8 million people-more than expected-have signed up through the Healthcare Exchanges, the online marketplaces created as part of 2010's ACA. What were their experiences like?
  • Tips For Improving Written Communication To Patients
    To help patients proactively manage their health, many healthcare providers supplement what they tell patients during appointments with written content. This may include printouts of educational material about their condition, healthy lifestyle tips, or hand-written notes about the patient's condition and treatment plan. Physicians may also refer patients to websites or social media sites, or send emails with additional information.
  • Future Of Brands = Branded Engagement
    A cursory view of the pipeline of new pharmaceutical drugs reveals what most healthcare marketers know to be true-that the business has shifted from a few big brands covering large populations (depression, cholesterol) to many smaller brands targeted towards smaller populations. Secondly, pharma companies have long focused on specific therapeutic categories.
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