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6 tips to overcome challenges in Healthcare Social Media 

6 tips to overcome challenges in Healthcare Social Media  | Social Media and Healthcare |

Social media marketing has essentially become unavoidable.


Finding healthcare social media success isn’t always easy. In fact, doctors often have the same few struggles. 

Statista estimates the number of social media users in the U.S. will rise from roughly 244 million in 2018 to approximately 257 million by 2023. Given these numbers, standing out from the crowd on social media is important, but it isn’t easy.


Here’s some advice to help your practice overcome the common challenges of healthcare social media:


1. Highlighting patient success stories without revealing PHI

Incorporating patient success stories into your social media marketing is a great way to promote your expertise. However, be careful not to accidentally disclose PHI, as this can lead to a HIPAA violation.


"Knowledge is the key to avoiding this"


When compiling patient success stories for social media, work with a legal professional to create patient marketing consent forms. Otherwise, only discuss patients in general terms without revealing PHI, and always triple-check content for potential privacy violations before posting.


2. Reaching their target patient base

A Facebook post has an organic reach of just 6.4 percent of a Page’s likes, according to We Are Social. However, the average paid reach is 27.3 percent higher than the average total reach. 


Given these numbers, it’s not surprising that 53 percent of companies use social advertising — i.e., purchasing ads on social networks — according to HootSuite. Social media advertising campaigns can be created to fit any budget, and they’re effective. 


3. Determining good content to share

Growing your patient base is the overarching purpose for social media marketing, but coming on too strong will get you unfollowed fast. Generally speaking, approximately 80 percent of your content should be informative or interesting and 20 percent should be promotional.


4. Finding time to share and engage

You won’t engage your patient base by posting content sporadically and occasionally responding to comments.

In fact, 52 percent of small businesses post on social media at least daily, according to Clutch.


Schedule time on your calendar each day for social media marketing activities to make sure they don’t fall by the wayside. 


Of course, as a busy doctor, you might not have time to effectively manage your social media properties. In this case, delegate this task to a member of your staff or take on an outside social media partner.


Proper social media management is a key component of an effective strategy.


5. Choosing the right social media platforms

Different demographics gravitate toward different social networks — i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. If you don’t take the time to figure out where your patient base is, your medical social media efforts might be wasted on the wrong crowd.


Maintaining social media accounts on multiple platforms will allow you to reach different demographics that fall into your target patient group.


6. Getting patients to share their content


The more your social media content is shared, the broader your reach. However, people don’t share just anything, post on topics important to your patient base, take time to proofread for spelling and grammatical errors, and share information from credible sources. You can also hold a social media contest where entry involves sharing a certain post and tagging a friend or two.


Patients want to connect with you on social media, but simply having an account isn’t enough to promote your practice. Finding success in healthcare social media requires a significant time investment, but it’s well worth the effort.


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Benefits of mHealth applications increase its value by a factor of three when social impact is measured

Benefits of mHealth applications increase its value by a factor of three when social impact is measured | Social Media and Healthcare |

The cost-effectiveness and the Return of Inversion (ROI) of any technology can be easily measured. Now, social impact can be monetized as well. This is especially useful for mHealth entrepreneurs, as it has been proven by the Innovation Unit at Hospital Clínico San Carlos (Spain), which efforts are aimed at bringing global social progress through mobile health. Their findings show that for each euro invested on mHealth, the community gets three euros of social impact in the worst-case scenario.

This public-funded Smart Health Laboratory, based in Madrid, designs, develops and implements innovative solutions in the healthcare sector. When they started to develop indicators to measure their efforts in mobile health, the team realized that they were not quantifying social change nor the impact on patients, although these two were the main goals of their project.

The question that arose then was if social transformation could be measured accurately to present these figures to potential financers. In the same way, enterprises use the ROI method to evaluate the efficiency of a number of different investments, the incubator of health ideas embarked on using and developing SROI, a methodology that fits with their social objectives.

Thanks to this innovative approach, sHealthLab now is able to report on how their health mobile applications are beneficial to all the stakeholders involved. "The aim of health institutions is not obtaining economic benefit, but there is no point in wasting money: it is necessary to invest well", Dr. Julio Mayol, director of the Innovation Unit says.

In summary, their method consists in placing value on all the interrelated factors that affect the project: reduction of doctor visits, not-lost working days, etc. The end result, after using the sROI method, depends on the equation of immediate success of the mHealth application -which counts as an output-, and the consequent improvement of society achievements (outcomes), minus the assumed scenario in case the investment project wouldn't have been carried out.

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