Now’s the Time to Make Your Website Mobile-Friendly

Last week, Google announced that starting April 21st, the mobile friendliness of a website will be a factor taken into consideration when ranking sites in mobile search results. This announcement does not come as a big surprise to most people in the SEO community due to the ever-increasing number of people searching the internet on mobile devices.

In its announcement Google said that as more and more people are using mobile devices to browse websites, its algorithms have to… Read the rest

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Sleepless in America: The Hazards of Being Tired [INFOGRAPHIC]

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. It’s National Sleep Awareness Week, so there’s no better time to stop and remember why proper rest is so important to our health. It impacts our diet. It impacts our risk of stroke. And guys, it even impacts our testosterone levels. Scary stuff. Check out the infographic for more interesting facts on our need for sleep!

Infographic Credit: Termlifeinsurance.org

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Making It Personal: Surprisingly Similar Regional Perspectives on Provider Communication

NOTE: The following post includes data from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "Technology Beyond the Exam Room", which discusses issues to consider when incorporating high-tech engagement into treatment plans. Download it HERE!

Though the United States is one of the world's most diverse nations in terms of regional cultures and lifestyles based on geographic locations, sometimes we're not so different. In fact, when it comes to how we prefer to communicate with our providers, the similarities across U.S. regions… Read the rest

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Top Challenges for Dental and Orthodontic Practices – Communication and Operations

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s report, "Top Challenges for Dental and Orthodontic Practices: Results and Observations from the 2015 Practice Readiness Survey", a survey of nearly 500 dental and orthodontics professionals and their common problems of practice management they anticipate to be most challenging in 2015. Download the full report HERE!

Thinking about your patient and staff communication and day-to-day operations, which of these common problems do you feel will be most challenging to your practice

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Top Challenges for Dental and Orthodontic Practices – Building Patient Loyalty

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s report, "Top Challenges for Dental and Orthodontic Practices: Results and Observations from the 2015 Practice Readiness Survey", a survey of nearly 500 dental and orthodontics professionals and their common problems of practice management they anticipate to be most challenging in 2015. Download the full report HERE!

Thinking about building loyalty from current patients, which of these common problems do you feel will be most challenging to your practice in 2015?

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New Evidence Magnifies Need for Smoking Cessation Campaigns

A report published in the February 12, 2015 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine shares disturbing information on the impact of smoking in the U.S. In short, we've underestimated it.

While the U.S. Surgeon General has estimated that 480,000 Americans die of smoking-related causes each year, new research from the American Cancer Society suggests the total is closer to 540,000 - or approximately 13% higher than the Surgeon General's original estimate.

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Top Challenges for Dental and Orthodontic Practices – Attracting New Patients

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s report, "Top Challenges for Dental and Orthodontic Practices: Results and Observations from the 2015 Practice Readiness Survey", a survey of nearly 500 dental and orthodontics professionals and their common problems of practice management they anticipate to be most challenging in 2015. Download the full report HERE!

Thinking about attracting new patients to your practice, which of these common problems do you feel will be most challenging to your practice in 2015?

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7 Salty Sodium Myths Busted [INFOGRAPHIC]

Do your patients know how their sodium intake impacts their heart health?

February is American Heart Month, and there's no better time to share valuable information on how healthy eating supports ongoing heart health. The American Heart Association has compiled an infographic to clear up common misunderstandings around the benefits and dangers of sodium in our diets, including a comparison of salts, the most common sodium sources and the relationship between sodium and blood pressure.

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Children’s Dental Health Month [INFOGRAPHIC]

Sometimes the simplest infographics tell the most powerful stories.

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and this infographic from Spear Education uses eye-opening statistics to make a rock-solid case for increased focus on our children's oral health. It's amazing that over 31 million Americans (children and adults) live in areas without proper access to dental care and that nearly 5,000 additional dentists would be needed to cover this shortage.

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5 SEO and Online Marketing Buzzwords We LOVE

NOTE: The following post includes excerpts from TeleVox and Wpromote's whitepaper "20 Online Marketing Buzzwords Your Practices Needs to Know" - a quick and easy guide to commonly-used SEO and online marketing buzzwords, what they're about and why they are important to your practice. Download it HERE!

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we thought we would share 5 of our favorite SEO and online marketing buzzwords that we LOVE right now. These terms are all extremely relevant and should… Read the rest

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Digital Disclosure

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "Technology Beyond the Exam Room", which discusses issues to consider when incorporating high-tech engagement into treatment plans. Download it HERE!

When a patient is asked how much alcohol they drink or if they smoke, do physicians always receive truthful answers?

During clinical or hospital visits, some patients experience social anxiety when discussing their lifestyle choices. A patient may be hesitant to reveal private information out of fear… Read the rest

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Patient Payment Insights from the 2014 Billing Household Survey

Wondering what strategies you should develop to increase payments from patients in 2015? Looking for a way to preserve the patient experience and maintain high satisfaction ratings while making sure you're paid what you’re owed?

The recently published edition of Fiserv's annual Billing Household Survey offers numerous clues to help you keep days in A/R and other key metrics at an optimum level.

Here are some of the most interesting facts the survey has uncovered:
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Your Patients and Social Media Usage

The Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life project has released a new report on how Americans are interacting with various social networks today. The report covers popularity of the different social media platforms with breakdowns of usage across different demographic factors, including gender, age, education, income and more.

If you're currently in the process of fine-tuning your practice's social media strategy (because honestly, you should ALWAYS be doing this), you can click HERE to get the full… Read the rest

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Earning Trust through Patient Engagement

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "Technology Beyond the Exam Room", which discusses issues to consider when incorporating high-tech engagement into treatment plans. Download it HERE!

Most patients, at some point, have met with a doctor who took that extra five minutes to ask about their job, or discuss their child’s recent school play. It’s in these moments that a patient begins to build trust and a sense that their physician cares about… Read the rest

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Resource to Promote Preventive Health Activity

For many practices, a goal at the beginning of the year is to increase focus on educating patients about preventive health opportunities. Introducing patients to important screenings and preventive exams can not only drive revenue for the practice but also fuel improved outcomes by better engaging patients in their ongoing health.

As practices begin to build a strategy for how they will connect with patients throughout the year, one of the most-often referenced resources is the National Health Observances calendar,… Read the rest

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