Healthcare Strategic Growth Blog

Founder's Perspective: Applying the Principles of Good Strategy to Our Annual Planning

Posted by Jason Moore on Nov 29, 2018 10:09:49 AM

A Behind the Curtain Look into Stratasan’s Planning Process

By Jason Moore

As we near the end of 2018, goal setting and annual planning are top of mind for all of us. Strategic planning is a useful process for organizations of all shapes and sizes and a well-defined strategic plan is key for companies that want to thrive, grow, and remain competitive. In this post, I want to give you a peek behind the curtain into our process to help you better understand how we think about and plan for the future of our business.

Stratasan’s co-founder and CTO, Brian Dailey, introduced Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why it Matters by Richard Rumelt to our executive leadership team (ELT)* in late 2017After reading and discussing it as a group, we decided to implement this methodology to our strategic planning process. Starting this process so late in the year though meant our 2018 strategy was not completed until the year had already begun. This limited how effective our 2018 planning could be, but we still recognized that we’d landed on a good process. This year, we were motivated to start earlier and are already seeing positive synergy around our 2019 strategies as a result.

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Tags: strategic planning, annual planning, growth planning, strategic growth planning

4 Ways to Identify Service Line Opportunities

Posted by Sara Handa on Oct 16, 2018 10:27:46 PM

Drive Growth and Provide Quality Care to the Right Patients

By Sara Handa

Hospitals have long used service line development to provide easily accessible, quality care to well-defined patient populations. While vital to growth, these development efforts can be risky and often require significant time and financial investment. In order to minimize risk and expand your service offerings more effectively, hospitals need reliable, data-based intelligence to guide their efforts.

In this post, we consider four ways to identify pockets of unmet demand and consider how to add new facilities in these areas that will ultimately grow your market share and meet patient needs. We’ll highlight some common mistakes providers often make and discuss how to get a more detailed understanding of your patient population so you can focus on the right service line growth opportunities.

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Tags: service line growth, service area growth, hospital service area, service area, healthcare service line, healthcare service area, hospital growth, growth planning

5 Tips for Better Brainstorming

Posted by Morgan Atkins on Feb 13, 2018 5:56:31 PM

By Morgan Atkins

Within healthcare organizations, teams are now a fundamental unit of organization. One study, published in The Harvard Business Review, found that ‘‘the time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has ballooned by 50 percent or more’’ over the last two decades and that more than three-quarters of an employee’s day is spent communicating with colleagues at many companies.

With the emphasis on teamwork, it’s important for the practices of these teams to be thoughtfully considered. Particularly, the common and important team effort of brainstorming new ideas together. “Studies show that people working in teams tend to achieve better results and report higher job satisfaction.” The New York Times Magazine reports. Knowing that, we wanted to discuss how brainstorming can be an effective team experience.

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Tags: brainstorming, strategic planning, strategic growth plan, growth mindset, growth planning, strategic growth planning, team

Fostering Innovation: Creating a Workplace Culture Open to Change

Posted by Morgan Atkins on Jan 9, 2018 3:19:16 PM

Practical Tips for Maintaining a Growth Mindset in your Organization

By Morgan Atkins

Stratasan understands how paramount change is to progress. We strive to be trailblazers in the healthcare space, developing innovative tools and services that address our clients' growth goals. The best way we can effectively lead our clients and provide value is by innovative thinking that challenges the status quo. Our goal is to empower our customers with the strategies that will equip them to more effectively face a challenging and ever-evolving healthcare industry.

At the heart of innovation is the ability to reframe your perspective. Henry Ford once said "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." Often, the question itself limits what you think the possibilities are. If you have an open mind about the possibilities, you maximize your chances of building effective and unexpected solutions.

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Tags: hospital growth, core values, development, healthcare leadership, leadership, change, healthcare trends, healthcare growth, working smarter, strategy, strategic planning, strategic growth planning, healthcare strategy, growth, growth planning

3 Things Healthcare Strategic Planners Need to STOP Doing, ASAP!

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Oct 31, 2017 3:27:38 PM

By Lee Ann Lambdin

As a healthcare strategic planner, your time is both limited and valuable. Planning departments are shrinking with the evolution of decision support departments. Strategic planners and marketers alike are facing a new reality that requires them to do more with less. Many who have planning and strategy in their title are responsible for marketing as well. This is due to one of two things:

  • Either there was never a planning position at all or strategy has increasingly become a more important function for the hospital or health system so this job was given to the department that made the most sense: marketing.
  • Or, the planning position was eliminated over time and the function was consolidated with the marketing function. This is often the case in small systems and independent hospitals, where one person is faced with juggling multiple roles.
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Tags: healthcare strategic planning, strategic planners, data analysis, Hospital growth plan, growth planning, healthcare planning

Increase Marketing ROI: Use Data to Focus Your Outreach

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Aug 10, 2016 8:20:16 AM

*This post is based on information shared in a webinar co-presented by Stratasan’s SVP of Healthcare Strategy, Lee Ann Lambdin and TenAdam’s President, Jon Headlee. For the full presentation, watch the webinar.

Target Practice: Using Data to Focus Your Marketing

Most hospital and health system marketing and planning teams are familiar with the basics of strategic growth planning. This includes ensuring that your mission is favorable to growth, creating measurable goals, and developing a well-planned strategy for execution.

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Tags: Blog, data, data analysis, esri tapestry segmentation, growth planning, health systems, healthcare data, hospitals, marketing, roi, strategic growth, strategic growth planning, healthcare marketing

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