Future #HITMC Chat Schedule

We’re excited to announce the topics and dates for the next seven #HITMC (Healthcare IT Marketing Community) Twitter Chats. Each chat will be held every other Tuesday at at Noon ET (9 AM PT). Just add #HITMC to your tweets and follow the #HITMC hashtag on Twitter to participate. We’ll post the questions for each Twitter chat here on the HITMC Blog so keep an eye out for those questions.

Check out the schedule of HITMC Chats:
2/24Making the Most of Your #HIMSS15 Experience – Hosted by HIMSS Media and Healthcare Scene (Get Full Transcript and Stats)

3/10Content Creation and Distribution Techniques – Hosted by Agency Ten22 (Get Full Transcript and Stats)

3/24Cutting Thru Clutter: Healthcare Marketing to the C-Level – Hosted by Clarity Quest Marketing (Get Full Transcript and Stats)

4/7Five Burning Questions for B2B Companies Using Marketing Automation – Hosted by Dodge Communications (Get Full Transcript and Stats)

4/21Cultivating Credibility in Healthcare B2B Marketing – Hosted by Billian (Get Full Transcript and Stats)

5/5Getting the Most Out of the HITMC Show – Hosted by Aria Marketing

5/19Post Conference Wrap Up – Hosted by Netspective Media

7/7Getting the Most Out of Videos in Your Healthcare IT Marketing

8/4How can you tell if your company is good at marketing?

9/1Where Do You Find Health IT Customers?

10/6What Can Healthcare Marketing Learn from Other Industries?

11/3Periscope And Blab For Health Care IT Marketing & Public Relations

12/8Outsourcing Healthcare Content Creation

We’ll be seeing how these chats go and talk with attendees of the conference to decide how often we should do these chats. If you want to follow us on Twitter, you can find us @HITMarketingPR.

How to Design Effective Patient User Experiences in 2015

Patient User Experience - Wearbles

How are patient’s user experiences evolving, and are we prepared to evolve with them? Just as we were getting used to larger phones, wearables such as the soon-to-be-available Apple Watch are cutting our expectations back down to size. A very small size, in fact.

Think for a moment of the myriad ways in which we are able to interact with digital devices for health-related purposes.

  • Video conferencing with a doctor
  • Accessing personal health information via a patient portal
  • Wayfinding beacons inside a hospital
  • Emailing customer service for billing information
  • Accessing EHRs
  • Posting a comment to a cancer patients’ support group blog
  • Tracking a morning run
  • Many, many more

One way we can craft effective user experiences is by keeping an eye on factors that are influencing consumers’ expectations. Here are three trends and what you can do to take advantage of them:

1. Consumers are becoming accustomed to smaller, shorter interactions thanks to the advent of wearables, including the Apple Watch.

Apple has slowly released information about the Apple Watch over the last few months. In November, they documented some of the new types of interactions. Aptly named “glances” and “short look” notifications, these are abbreviated user interactions, some of which can be activated with the raise of the wrist.

The Apple Watch won’t be the first wearable with these types of shorter user experiences, but its imminent launch is thrusting them into the mainstream. While many wearables remain in their infancy, we should be aware of how quickly they are developing into next-generation devices that will be more sophisticated.

What you can do: Be aware of what types of user interactions are most beneficial to patients. Brainstorm data that could be useful to patients in these shorter types of notifications. Marketing and IT should both be involved in these decisions.

2. Consumers expect digital interactions to be convenient because of retail health offerings.

Retail health is changing the way we experience patient care, and providers that pay attention will give themselves the best chance to compete.

I’ll give you two recent examples. Earlier this month, I needed to see a doctor late on a Friday night. Rather than attempt the tangled web of phone tag to reach my primary care physician after hours, I Googled the local NextCare urgent care clinic on my phone. Not only was their site mobile friendly, but (with my permission) it asked for my location and identified the nearest clinic less than a mile from my home. I checked in and set up an appointment from my phone within minutes.

My other example is more simple, but just as convenient. I get a text message when my prescription refill is ready at CVS pharmacy. For me, NextCare and CVS are winning my loyalty because they make my life easier. When we don’t feel our best, the last thing we want is an inconvenient user experience.

What you can do: Don’t assume that you know how your target users will navigate your sites and apps. Their expectations are changing rapidly. Involve users in creating and testing. Also, test your assumptions. This can be through traditional usability testing, more sophisticated A/B testing, or other means. Recognize that consumers are rewarding organizations that provide them with convenient, useful interactions.

3. Multi-screen experiences are the rule, not the exception.

According to a study by Marketo in 2014, a staggering 90% of consumers start a task on one device and complete it on a different device. This has far-reaching implications for health care organizations, and it begs the question of how to structure user design for a variety of screen sizes.

Note that user design (UI) is not synonymous with user experience (UX). UI is the set of visual elements such as fonts, colors and buttons, while UX is the overall delivery of a positive user interaction.

Visual brand consistency is essential for multi-screen experiences to be effective. After years of Web designers perfecting the art of fitting as much content as possible “above the fold,” we should now be asking questions such as, “What can I remove from the screen to help the user focus on what I want them to do?”

What you can do: This may be a good time to review your user design and make sure you are following the basics. Use buttons rather than text links when possible, and make the buttons tall enough for a finger to tap. Limit the number of items on a single screen. Draw the user’s eyes to the Call to Action (CTA) using white space. Incorporate swiping gestures when appropriate. Design for the smallest screen first.


Patients expect a lot from mobile apps and sites. Brian Holak related it in home improvement terms: “A poor user interface is like a newly constructed home filled with ugly wallpaper and mismatched furniture.” The more that health providers pay attention to trends that are influencing consumers’ expectations, the better they can provide valuable user experiences that will last.

Jared Johnson is a speaker at HITMC 2015. He is founder and principal of Ultera Digital, a Phoenix-based digital marketing consulting firm specializing in health care.

Making the Most of Your #HIMSS15 Experience – #HITMC Twitter Chat Topics

After an extremely successful first #HITMC Twitter chat (see the full details of the first HITMC chat on EMR and HIPAA), we’re excited to announce the topics for the next Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Community (#HITMC) Twitter chat happening Tuesday, 2/24 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). To participate, follow the #HITMC Twitter stream on your favorite Twitter tool and add #HITMC to all of your tweets.

The topic for the next chat is Making the Most of Your #HIMSS15 Experience. While this chat is focused on the large Healthcare IT conference, HIMSS, no doubt many of the things discussed will apply to any healthcare IT conference. Here are the 5 topics we’ll be discussing:

1. What are your keys to a successful #HIMSS15 as a vendor? Are these different than other conferences? #HITMC

2. How should you approach social media before, during and after #HIMSS15? #HITMC

3. What techniques are most effective at getting value from your booth at HIMSS? #HISS15 #HITMC

4. Will content play a role in your #HIMSS15 marketing efforts? Why or why not? And how? #HITMC

5. What’s the most valuable part of #HIMSS15 to you and your organization? #HITMC

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, 2/24 at Noon ET (9 AM PT).

We’re working on scheduling the #HITMC twitter chat every other week starting with this chat until the Health IT Marketing and PR Conference on May 7-8. Put it on your calendars and we’ll be posting the full schedule of #HITMC chats soon.

If you haven’t already registered for the Health IT Marketing and PR Conference, there’s still time. Don’t miss out learning from hundreds of your Healthcare IT Marketing and PR colleagues.

HITMC Awards Nomination Details

A big thanks to everyone for the great response we’ve already received for the first HITMC (Health IT Marketing and PR Community) Awards. We’ve gotten a number of great nominations already. Plus, thanks to everyone who tweeted and shared the HITMC awards on social media. There’s still time to submit your nominations.

Someone recently asked us for the list of questions that need to be answered for each award so they could prepare the answers before going to submit the nomination. With that in mind, here’s the list of questions you’ll need to nominate a marketing or PR campaign or person for the various HITMC awards:

These 3 fields are required for each entry and then based on the HITMC Award Category you’ll get one more set of questions:
Nominator’s Full Name:
Nominator’s Email:
HITMC Award Category:

Best Trade Show Theme or Campaign/Best Content Marketing Program/Best Social Media Program/Best Creative
Name of Company or Organization Being Promoted:
People Behind the Campaign/Program/Creative (Please include the email for the main person):
Describe in Detail the Campaign/Program/Creative (Please include links to work where appropriate):
Why Should This Win an HITMC Award?
Other Comments:

Agency or Marketing Department of the Year
Name of Agency or Marketing Department Being Nominated:
Email for Person at Agency or Department Being Nominated:
Describe the Work this Agency or Marketing Department has Done:
Why Should They Win this HITMC Award?
Other Comments:

Marketing or PR Professional of the Year (an individual)
Name of Marketing or PR Professional Being Nominated:
Email of Marketing or PR Professional Being Nominated:
Describe the Work of this HITMC Pro:
Why Should They Win This HITMC Award?
Other Comments:

Of course, if this doesn’t make sense, then go and check out the nomination form. Nothing will really be submitted on the form until you get to the end. If you still have questions, we’re happy to answer them on our contact us page.

5 Stages of Data-Driven Marketing Cartoon

I love this cartoon that @healthcarewen shared on Twitter today. I’m sure that many attendees to HITMC 2015 will relate to this cartoon. You can be sure this evolution and how to change it at your company will be talked about at the conference. If you haven’t registered, there’s still time.

Announcing the HITMC Awards – Submit Your Nominations

As we’ve brought together the health IT Marketing and PR Community, part of our goal was to highlight some of the exciting, interesting, unique and high quality marketing and PR campaigns we saw happening across healthcare IT. This year, we want to take that to the next level as we launch the HITMC Awards.

If you have a campaign, a social media marketing effort, an exhibit hall booth or an exemplary healthcare marketing and PR effort you think was great, we’d love to have your submissions. Feel free to submit your own campaigns or recognize your colleagues. We want to hear about the best, most interesting, most effective, most creative campaigns we can find. Since this is the first HITMC Awards, feel free to include any campaigns that were done in 2014 or 2015.

Here’s a list of the HITMC award categories:

  • Best Trade Show Theme or Campaign
  • Best Content Marketing Program
  • Best Social Media Program
  • Best Creative
  • Agency or Marketing Department of the Year
  • Marketing or PR Professional of the Year (an individual)

We don’t like long lengthy submission forms that discourage people from sharing a great campaign, so we’ve made the HITMC Award nomination form as simple as possible. We’ll be closing the nomination period at the end of February 2015.

The winners will be selected by a panel of expert judges and each HITMC Award category winner will be recognized during the 2015 Health IT Marketing and PR Conference in Las Vegas. We’re excited to see all the creative things that are happening in healthcare marketing and PR.

If you have any questions about the HITMC Awards, please reach out to us on our contact us page. We look forward to seeing the very best in healthcare IT marketing and PR!

Submit Your Nominations Now!

The First Ever #HITMC Twitter Chat

We’re excited to let you know about the first ever Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Community (#HITMC) Twitter chat happening Tuesday, 1/27 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). To participate, follow the #HITMC Twitter stream on your favorite Twitter tool and add #HITMC to all of your tweets.

Here are the 5 topics we’re planning to cover in the first #HITMC Twitter chat:

1. What are the biggest challenges you face as a health IT marketing and PR professional?

2. In what ways (good or bad) is healthcare marketing and PR different from general marketing and PR?

3. What solutions or tools make your life easier as a HITMC professional?

4. When is it best to use online tools and when is it best to stick with tried and true options?

5. What has you most excited about the HITMC.com conference? What do you want to get out of the event?

For the first chat we wanted to keep it a little open ended. In future chats, we’ll dive deeper into specific topics. We hope you can join us on Tuesday, 1/27 at Noon ET (9 AM PT).

4 days left for Early Bird Registration to the Health IT Marketing and PR Conference!

The ROI of Attending the Health IT Marketing and PR Conference

The excitement around the Health IT Marketing and PR Conference is growing. Activity around the #HITMC conference hashtag is starting to pickup as attendees and speakers are starting to tweet about the event. We’re almost ready to release the full program details and schedule for the event. Everything is coming together so well.

I’ll admit that scheduling the program for the event has been a bit of a challenge for me. There was so much great content, that we had to do two simultaneous sessions for almost the entire conference. This poses a real problem because I get sad thinking that I’ll only be able to attend one of the two sessions. My only consolation is that we’re planning to record all the sessions so it will be possible to watch the ones I missed after the event.

If you want a small preview of the type of amazing content we’ll have at the event, go and read Shahid Shah’s “Learn how to cut through the noise at the first ever Health IT Marketing Conference.” I have little doubt that Shahid’s talk alone will be worth the cost of the event.

In some of my conversations with those interested in attending the conference, they’ve asked about how they can justify the expense of coming to the conference. This is an important question.

The first thing is that we’ve worked hard to make the conference expense reasonable. For example, the conference hotel only costs $60/night (group rate ends soon). Depending on where you’re from and when you registered, travel, hotel, and registration will probably run you between $1500-2500 to attend.

What many marketing and PR professionals don’t realize is the amazing impact they can have on their organization’s bottom line. Even one additional sale for most health IT companies is more than enough to cover the cost of the conference.

During the conference you’ll have a chance to attend 11 sessions which will teach you the latest and greatest in PR and marketing from some of the top experts in the field. These sessions will help your company improve their social media, PR, search engine optimization (SEO), content marketing, company ratings, event marketing, and more. All of these will be focused on not only helping you make one more sale for your company, but many more. Plus, many of the techniques that will be taught won’t just make one sale, but will create a foundation for many sales in the future.

In some companies the idea of marketing and PR professionals engaging in professional development seems like a foreign concept. In this ever changing world of marketing and PR, we all can benefit from time to learn about the latest trends and techniques. I’m someone who eats, sleeps, and breathes this stuff every day and yet I’m still extremely excited to learn from those speaking at the conference. Not to mention the side discussions with attendees.

Barely a month away! We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Welcome to HITMC!

We're glad you found the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Community (or as we affectionately call it...HITMC). This blog is a place for healthcare IT marketing and PR professionals to come together and share their insights, skills, expertise with other people trying to make healthcare better through the use of technology. This blog grew out of the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference which is held annually. We look forward to connecting and learning from you. Please feel free to reach out to us on our contact us page if you have any questions.

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