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Patient Engagement News and Articles

Ridesharing Services May Drive More Patient Healthcare Access

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Ridesharing services could play a big role in improving patient healthcare access by making it easier for patients to get to their doctor’s appointments. As more individuals gain healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act and subsequent...

Groups Urge Robust Patient Engagement in Stage 3 Meaningful Use

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The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) and two dozen other industry groups are urging CMS  to maintain robust patient engagement requirements as a part of Stage 3 meaningful use, according to a press release. In a letter to HHS Secretary...

VA Leader Promises Patient Care Access, Scheduling Improvements

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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald is defending the agency once again, restating its commitment to improve patient care access  and timely appointment scheduling for veterans. Following President Obama’s...

4 Fixes to Improve Hospital Environment, Patient Satisfaction

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When approaching the issue of patient satisfaction, healthcare leaders often focus on the patient-provider relationship. However, improvements in hospital environments may also have a great impact on the patient experience and satisfaction with...

How Telehealth, Convenient Care Improve Patient Experience

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At Nemours Children’s Health System, improving the patient experience has always been about providing convenience and quality to pediatric patients and their families. That’s why the health system, which covers a large patient population...

New AMA Mapping Tool to Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

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A new geographic mapping tool from the American Medical Association could help providers identify underserved regions, enabling them to boost patient access to healthcare. According to a press release, the mapping tool is an improved version...

What Keeps Patients from Adopting Patient Portals, Health IT?

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Despite the fact that patient portals often receive industry praise, the technology also suffers from a number of user frustrations and critiques, according to a survey by EHR review firm Software Advice.  The poll shows that patients...

How Social Media Support Groups Enhance Patient Experience

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Internet use and social media have become mainstays in everyday life, changing the way we interact with loved ones or entertain ourselves. But can the internet influence the patient experience? According to one research team, it could. In a recent...

4 Key Steps to Building Strong Patient-Provider Communication

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Patient-provider communication is an important component of improving patient engagement and patient satisfaction. When providers effectively communicate with their patients, they can both activate the patients in their care and help make them...

CommonWell Allows Patients to Access Individual Health Data

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The CommonWell Health Alliance has  officially opened up its services to allow individual patient access to health data via its platform, meeting one of the primary goals of the interoperability and data sharing coalition. “From the...

How Text Messaging Can Transform Patient-Provider Communication

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At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, patient-provider communication is a key part of driving patient engagement. Text messaging may be crucial to pushing that even further. Through a web of patient communications technologies, Cedars-Sinai employees...

Can Online Articles Improve Patient Education, Engagement?

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Informational blogs and research summaries can be useful in improving patient engagement and patient education, shows a recent study. The study, led by researcher Anthony J. Levinson, MD, centered on the blog posts included in the McMaster Optimal...

The Latest mHealth Deals Driving Patient Engagement Efforts

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mHealth is a growing phenomenon in the healthcare industry, perhaps because it serves patients where it is easiest for them. Because they are convenient, mHealth tools are well-suited for patient engagement strategies. Studies show that mHealth...

Palliative Care Helps Patient Satisfaction during Major Illness

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While patient satisfaction is important in all areas of healthcare, the stakes get higher when patients present with serious and life-threatening illnesses. This is where palliative care comes into play. Palliative care is all-encompassing care...

Patient Portal, PHR Adoption Varies Along Socioeconomic Lines

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Patient portal and personal health record (PHR) adoption is steadily increasing, although there may be differences in which demographic groups are adopting the tools the most. According to a study published in the American Journal of Managed...

How Consumers and Providers See Patient Engagement Differently

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When it comes to patient engagement, self-care, and other healthcare responsibilities, patients and providers may not be on the same page. A new survey conducted on behalf of Xerox indicates significant differences and interesting contrasts in...

How Can Providers Drive Patient Empowerment in Healthcare?

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Patient empowerment is all too often seen as a characteristic an individual does or does not possess, similar to being funny or not.  Engagement and the ability to take charge of one’s health is a personality trait, many providers...

Why Patient Education is Vital for Engagement, Better Outcomes

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The healthcare industry has made many efforts to become more patient-centric, especially through its push for better patient engagement. However, in order to improve patient engagement, providers need to understand patient education. Patient...

Top 3 Challenges Limiting Patient Access to Health Data

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Patient access to health data is an important component of patient engagement because it empowers patients with knowledge about their conditions and incorporates the patient as a partner in care. Access to health data isn’t only good for...

CMS Updates Nursing Home Star Ratings for Quality Transparency

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released an updated set of quality star ratings for nursing homes in an effort to boost quality transparency and support patient decision-making. According to a press release, these updates...

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