How my Experiences at the University of Northern Colorado helped me discover my path of Healthcare

By Colleen Sullivan

Monfort College of Business

Monfort College of Business

As graduation approaches I am excited and eager to enter the workforce; however it is hard to think of leaving the world of a student. I will miss the days being able to walk around campus and run into a friend. I will miss the days of coming to the business school basement and collaborating ideas with other business students. It seems like yesterday when my parents dropped me off at the New South dorms at the University of Northern Colorado.

It would be difficult to describe the lessons that I have learned in at UNC in one blog post however, I have thought of two ways my experiences at UNC helped me discover my path of healthcare.

The Monfort College of Business

After changing my major from nursing to undecided my sophomore year I found myself unsure of where my next path should take me. In the spring of 2012 I took a Foundations of Business thought class. In this class I found that there was no reason for me to say goodbye to the healthcare world. Business has allowed me to explore different fields of healthcare.

Leadership opportunities

My mother told me before I left for college: “I think you will find that you learn more outside of the classroom than inside of the classroom.” I cannot help but think how accurate this statement is. Do not get me wrong I learned more than I have ever thought possible in the classroom, however my experiences out of the classroom taught me more than I ever thought possible.

After being Vice President of Finance in my sorority, I found that I really enjoyed explaining budgets, numbers and how much I loved excel. Yes I get excited when equations you enter into excel works for the entire spreadsheet. Being president of my sorority taught me effective ways to communicate with others. After I approach the workforce I believe that communication is a key to the business world. I hope to one day help contribute the lessons that I have learned as a leader.

I am so thankful for my sorority leadership experiences. I believe that finding a community in college is so vital to growing as learning outside of the classroom. I hope to one day contribute my lessons that I have learned to the healthcare industry.

The Take Away

Staying true to my passion has led me find an interest in healthcare marketing. The Monfort College of Business has allowed me to stay true to that passion and explore different options. As I approach the job force I cannot help but think of the quote: “If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” ~ T. Alan Armstrong. I have been very lucky to discover my passion at the University of Northern Colorado


How Twitter has helped me gain Knowledge on Healthcare Marketing

By: Colleen Sullivan 

As a student Twitter has provided so many different opportunities for me to stay up to speed on the healthcare marketing industry. An average Google search does not consolidate information, however Twitter allows me to see what the leaders in the healthcare industry are talking about, and what different tactics are working for healthcare providers.

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Top 5 ways Twitter has helped me gain knownledge on Healthcare Marketing

1. Allows me to get information quickly: As a busy student I really enjoy how Twitter provides me with the opportunity to gain knowledge on different healthcare topics on a daily basis. By creating lists on Twitter I have narrowed down healthcare providers in the Denver area. As the healthcare industry becomes more competitive, Twitter provides me with the opportunity to look at the different healthcare providers and see what they are doing to set themselves apart in the industry.

The Twitter tweets that resonate with me when I follow different sources are Kaiser Permanete and Centura Health. Kaiser and Centura both share new developments in their hospital, however they also offer nutritious facts, and inspirational messages for their followers which I’ve noticed sets them apart from their competitors.

Kaiser Permanete Twitter page

Centura Health 

2. Twitter is the Nucleus of Social Media: I like to think of Twitter as the nucleus of social media. Twitter connects users to various social media platform. Keeping up with the many different types of social media can get overwhelming, however I have found that Twitter can be used as a home base for social media.

I have really enjoyed how YouTube complements Twitter.  When I was doing research on effective healthcare messages I found a very helpful video YouTube video. This video explains how complicated healthcare messages do not resonate with patients. With the use of hashtags and at mentions Twitter allowed me to share this information quickly and effectively.

Effective healthcare messages

3. Twitter allows healthcare providers to connect with their consumers: Just like any business, healthcare providers look for ways to improve customer service. Twitter allows businesses to directly connect with dissatisfied customers. Twitter provides businesses the opportunity to position themselves as a personal and relatable.

As a student I am interested in learning how companies respond to negative customer experiences. Comcast is an example of how they have used Twitter to connect with dissatisfied customers.  Even though Comcast is not a healthcare provider, they have created a twitter account to respond to negative customer experiences to humanize their brand.

Comcast Cares Twitter Account

Twitter Brand success stories

4. Gains my knowledge on healthcare marketing: Before creating a Twitter account I had basic resources to search for information on healthcare marketing. With Twitter I have had the ability to follow influencers and read about various marketing tactics.

Creating lists allows me to separate healthcare providers in Colorado and Digital Marketing which has helped me gather information more effectively.

How to create lists on Twitter

5. Twitter has provided me with a unique selling point: As I embark on my job search I have found that Twitter has provided me with a unique way to demonstrate what I am continuously learning. Twitter has the ability to connect with various social media platforms that allows me to share my blog posts, articles on healthcare marketing and so much more.

Take-away: Twitter has been an excellent source for gathering information quickly and effectively.  Twitter helps me sync with different social media platforms. I have learned how businesses use to Twitter to connect with consumers. It has helped me gain knowledge on healthcare marketing, and finally it provides me with a unique selling point.

Set up your own Twitter today!  How to set up a twitter account



There’s a Healthy app for that

DSCN0129With smart-phones becoming more popular, having a strong app is helping healthcare providers engage their patients.

It is no secret that consumers are using their smart-phones more than ever on a daily basis. There are so many different apps out there that help people stay updated with the daily occurrences of their life. Even when we are looking for popular places to eat we find ourselves thinking “There’s an app for that”.

How does this translate into healthcare? More healthcare providers are using apps for smart phones to engage their patients from finding locations, tracking your health and researching a health topic.

According to Brian Dolan’s article on How Congress almost delayed the FDA’s mobile medical app guidance the number of smartphone users using medical apps will grow to 500 million by 2015. Given this statistic it is vital that healthcare providers stay updated with engaging their patients with their app.

Dr. Thomas P. Sullivan a radiologist at Loyola Chicago University explains he would like the apps to “track history, procedures, results, integrates with insurance plans to track expenses towards premiums and deductibles and schedule the appointments.” Doctors and nurses have enough on their plate. Creating apps that will assist in the treatment plan will help both the patient and the doctors.

 Top 5 benefits of Healthcare apps

  1. Helps patients find locations: Getting sick is no fun. Dealing with complicated urgent care locations can be very time-consuming and exhausting, especially when you are sick. These apps help patients easily find locations near them at the touch of their finger tips.
  2. Helps patients with research: The internet is abundant with information. An average Google search can often confuse patients when researching a condition or symptom. The University of Colorado Health app specifically lays out research topics in four specific categories. Disease and conditions, tests and procedures, health tips, and first aid.
  3. Patients typically know how to use a smartphone: Three year olds now know the basics of using a smartphone. Healthcare providers do not need to worry about most of their consumers being able to use the app.
  4. Cost savings for healthcare providers: Guy Smallman explains The benefits of apps in healthcare that apps are inexpensive to produce and update, especially when compared to other training tools
  5. Keep patients out of the doctor’s office: So many health care provider’s mission is to prevent patients from making unnecessary trips to the doctor. These apps assist unnecessary trips to the doctor. The Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings explains that these types of algorithms could save money because it would free consumers to self-diagnose for common problems and therefore save unnecessary trips to a doctor’s office.

Take Away:

Smart Phones are allowing consumers to access information faster and easier. As a result health care providers are engaging their patients using healthcare apps. These healthcare apps help patients find locations, find research, consumers are familiar with smartphones, apps can be cost saving, and finally apps keep patients out of the doctor’s office.

Download an app today! Top 10 apps physicians recommend to their patients