Measure Effectiveness and Communicate Value to Your Organization
By Brian Dailey
One of the great things about attending the Society of Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) annual conference is talking directly with our customers. If one were to build a Venn diagram of SHSMD attendees and Stratasan clientele, the circles would very nearly overlap.
A common thread I've heard in these conversations is that proving the value of planning and marketing to the rest of the business can be very difficult. Businesses want to see a very clear return on investment, and it's on marketing and planning departments to not only do their jobs, but also communicate the value of their jobs to the rest of the organization. This is especially true as the industry continues to do more with less (as has been very succinctly described in SHSMD's "Bridging Worlds.")
Up Your Pop Culture Game With These 10 QuestionsBy Megan Reeves
The Stratasan team loves trivia. In fact, we have a team that regularly competes in a weekly trivia night in Nashville, TN where we are based. As we prepared for SHSMD 2018, we saw the perfect opportunity to pair our love for trivia with one of the key events of the conference—the 2018 networking social being held at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). The following quiz is filled with trivia questions referencing exhibitions currently on display at the museum. Take a few minutes to test your pop culture savvy and for those of you attending SHSMD 2018, take away a few conversation starters you can test out with new friends you make at the networking event.
Restaurants, Breweries, and Hotspots You Won’t Want to Miss
By Sean Conway
You’ve made it to SHSMD Connections 2018, congrats! While your main goal over the next few days will be to make lasting connections with some of the estimated 1,200+ healthcare professionals on-site and attend as many sessions and keynotes as possible, it’s not a bad idea to plan a few local activities as well.
The Washington State Convention Center and surrounding hotels are located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the ideal hub to access all of the city's best drinking and dining opportunities. Take advantage of this and check out the Seattle foodie scene to bond with co-workers or mingle and connect with other SHSMD attendees.
The Right Methodology Can Improve Your Physician Recruitment Strategy
Physician shortage continues to be a concern for hospitals and healthcare systems. To combat this shortage, it is critical to develop a physician recruitment plan that will best meet the needs of the community. Recruiting the right number and types of physicians will grow service lines where expansion is needed and add new service lines where needed services do not already exist. That being said, the recruitment process will take time and effort, but the result will be new physicians who fulfill community needs, succeed in their practice, and stay long term. You can improve your physician recruitment strategy in the following ways:
Stratasan’s Summer Class of 2018
By April Adams, Caleb Blakenship, and Morris Eguakun
As referenced in this May 2018 post, we set a goal this year of taking Stratasan’s internship program a step further by targeting local colleges and students with an eye towards diversity and inclusion. We think it’s important to build a pathway for people from different backgrounds and experiences to look at Stratasan as an employer of choice—a goal that was certainly met with this group, as all three have accepted positions to continue working with our team!
While we still only want the best and brightest—we also want to be open to candidates who may have a unique background, have possibly served our country before entering college, or who have worked or traveled for a time before pursuing higher education. Our program is designed to:
- Introduce diverse and underrepresented groups of undergraduate and graduate students to career options within our industry
- Provide a training ground for top talent to learn more about the analytical and technical side of our industry and our company
- Position Stratasan as a future employer of choice
Online Marketing Strategies that Connect with Today’s Patient Needs
Today’s healthcare patients are searching the internet to understand medical symptoms, research diagnoses, and find trustworthy health information. They are also looking for providers and hospitals who can meet and address their unique needs and concerns. Rather than simply using the doctor down the street, today’s patient wants customized care over convenience, even if that means a longer commute to their provider of choice.
Healthcare marketing must continually evolve alongside patient needs, attracting patients by providing an online experience that is fresh, relevant, and reliable. A digital marketing strategy can be the key to reaching new prospects in a way that will convert them to satisfied patients. The strategy we use here at Stratasan, and one we highly recommend, is the methodology known as inbound marketing.
How Leaders Can Look Within for Answers
With healthcare reimbursement constantly changing, health systems and hospitals are searching for new revenue streams to diversify their income. Financial cuts, new regulations, and payer contract negotiations have pushed healthcare institutions to find new, creative ways to keep revenue flowing while still maintaining high quality care.
“Exploring diversified, innovative revenue streams” was listed as third most important issue of strategic importance in a recent survey of 146 C-suite executive. A Becker’s Hospital Review article covering this survey shared that “C-suite executives at both health systems and community hospitals are shifting their focus to nontraditional sources of growth rather than relying solely on conventional determinants of market share.”
Create Stress-Free, Data-Based Presentations
When you’re on a roll in the middle of a presentation, but get interrupted by a clarifying question—or realize you forgot a slide—you wish you could go back in time to fix it. Making sure all the right information is in your presentation is a difficult task in of itself, but the stress and anxiety that can come with presenting data to the C-suite can create an extra barrier to presentation success.
In this post, we discuss how to more effectively engage your team in strategy meetings and how to integrate new features available in Storyboards to do so. We’ll provide insight into why we designed these updates and how they work together to take the stress out of strategic planning presentations.
Tags: strategic positioning, healthcare strategic growth, healthcare strategic planning, hospital strategic growth, presentations, data presentation, live meeting facilitation, storyboards, strategy meeting