Introduction. Social marketing favoured, since its inception, the field of health promotion – designing programs to help change unhealthy behaviours was one of the primary drivers of this area of practice. On the other hand, the need to have a better-informed citizenry on medical and health-related issues was a constant requirement of the medical professional – better informed and knowledgeable people would more easily “adhere” to the social marketing programs.
Aim of the study. The health literacy imperative is today outpaced by the advance of the Internet-based technologies – Google health search solutions, Microsoft specific products targeting patients or IBM’s Dr Watson suite. Based on this disrupting innovation which involves the realm of the patient-doctor relationship, how shall social marketing programs innovate?
Keywords: social marketing, health economics, behavioral economics, health literacy
JEL Classification: D91, I12, M31