Patients Consider Social Media Savvy Hospitals More Up-to-date

Although you have to participate in a webinar to get access to the full report, FierceHealthcare has provided the highlights of a YouGov Healthcare report that indicates hospitals active in social media see patient perception benefits.

Consumers’ Use, Preference and Expectations of Hospital Social Media is the first in the Decision Support Series from YouGov Healthcare.   The report examines consumer expectations of hospital social media presence, and how that presence impacts consumers’ perceptions of hospitals and hospital selection.  The report also looks at the changing demographics of likely hospital social media audiences. Report topline results:

    • 57 % said that a social media connection with a hospital was likely to have a strong impact on their decision to seek treatment at that hospital.
    • One in four consumers said that they are likely to connect with hospitals in the future.
    • Those most likely to connect are women between the age of 36 and 64
    • 81% of consumers believe that if a hospital has a strong social media presence, they are likely to be more cutting edge, creating a halo effect across clinical functions

These findings are interesting and certainly indicate there is increasing value for hospitals to have an active social media presence. It will be interesting to look for future surveys/analysis that considers which social media efforts are most responsible for the benefits because these days the options are far greater than the standard Facebook Page and Twitter account.

If you work with a hospital that has had success with social media, we’d like to hear what has worked.

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