Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hospitals Mine Patient Records in Search of Customers

Galewitz, Phil.  "Hospitals Mine Patient Records in Search of Customers." Kaiser Health News, February 5, 2012.

From the article:  "… hospitals are adopting strategies used for decades by the retail, travel and communications industries, which have flourished with the growth of online companies such as Amazon and Google. For example: Buy a book on Amazon and it will suggest a title with a similar subject. Search for information on Alaskan vacations on Google, and an ad pops up for a cruise line. At a time when government and private insurers are tightening reimbursements, more hospitals are turning to similar approaches to drive admissions. An estimated 20% now use the strategy, including large academic medical centers and large chains…"  Read more