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2016 Presidential Candidates on Healthcare

When it comes to politics, you could call me a-political. If faced with a choice between donkeys or elephants, I’d likely go with a giraffe. That’s not to say I’m not interested in politics, but my work in PR means I understand the behind-the-scenes message and perception crafting which inherently makes me more suspicious. And […]

Healthcare and the Economics of Innovation

In a 2011 Harvard Business Review article author, Uri Neren (@urineren), postulates that the single greatest factor required for successful innovation is scarcity. In fact, organizational processes have been developed to mimic scarcity and foster innovation including Systematic Inventive Thinking and the “Productivity” method. And, all this time I thought necessity was the mother of invention […]

4 Websites You Need for Stress Awareness Month

In case you didn’t know, April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress is something that we may often ignore because we think it’s inevitable or unavoidable, especially in the PR and marketing industry, but it can have serious effects on your wellbeing. There are thousands of tips for relieving your stress, but the problem is […]

Latest Healthcare Trends from HIMSS 2016

Earlier this month a few PadillaCRT colleagues had the privilege to attend HIMSS 2016 in Las Vegas. The annual conference brought together over 40,000 healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. With more than 1,300 vendors and organizations represented, the four-day conference highlighted the latest tools, innovations and trends in healthcare […]

Healthcare Data Breaches – The New Normal?


For healthcare organizations, cyber breaches are less a question of “if” than “when.” Why? Personal medical information is worth 10 times more than a credit card number on the black market. What’s for sale? Names, birth dates, policy numbers, diagnosis codes and billing information. Your health credentials can go for about $10 each and may be used to […]

3 Things That Will Revolutionize Healthcare

I’m a binge reader. Primarily non-fiction and historical fiction. My current binge has included books by two noted physician authors. The first by a general surgeon on the topic of “dying well” and the second by a cardiologist on the subject of how technology is fundamentally altering the way we “do healthcare.” The books were […]

Using Podcasts in Healthcare Communications

Last week, my colleague, Liz, and I had the pleasure of visiting the Hampton Roads American Marketing Association for a presentation titled, “How Marketers Can Win with Podcasts.” The speaker, Douglas Burdett, is the principal of Artillery, a B2B marketing agency in Norfolk and host of The Marketing Book podcast. His weekly podcast, which became […]

Tips for Reading the Healthcare Road Map

After discussing recent reports from McKinsey and the Advisory Board with our health practice leaders, I am more convinced than ever that the future of healthcare delivery will be determined by you – and me. But, we probably don’t realize it. The initial results of consumer responses to healthcare delivery changes will likely tell us […]

Getting the most from your doctor’s visit

Hospitals, doctors and other healthcare professionals are often held to a higher standard than your average Joe. As a society, we look to them for answers, for guidance and to address our deepest concerns. Studies show that good communication and patient safety are linked, so talking about the hard stuff is a must. However, with […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Controversy: New ACS Guidelines Spark Fury

Fall is the season of change and it appears the American Cancer Society (ACS) is embracing it. During this month’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when you would typically hear “mammograms, mammograms, mammograms” as much as you hear “sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen” during the summer, the ACS released new guidelines recommending less and later screening, sparking uproar from practically every audience. Here’s […]