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Patient Engagement News and Articles

How Clinician Guidance Aids Patient-Provider Communication

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Clinicians need better guidance about patient-provider communication to help facilitate stronger shared decision-making, patient goal-setting, and clinician advice-giving, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Board...

VA Choice Program Protocol Creates Long Patient Wait Times

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Protocol at the Department of Veterans Affairs for scheduling Veterans Choice Program appointments causes veterans to wait up to 81 days for treatment, despite VA goals to administer care within 30 days of requesting a doctor’s appointment,...

Telehealth Boosts Patient Care Access, But Not Cost Savings

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Telehealth may improve patient access to healthcare services, but service over-utilization due to easier access may actually increase healthcare costs, according to a study published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. Telehealth access...

Digital Patient Education Tools Improve Procedure Prep Process

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Digital tools are helpful in driving patient education in procedure preparation, helping to reduce the number of necessary repeat procedures in patients undergoing their first colonoscopy, shows a study published in the American Journal of Medicine....

How Healthcare Orgs Can Drive Family Engagement in Patient Care

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When patients are admitted to the hospital or diagnosed with a potentially life-changing illness, they are hardly ever alone. More often than not, patients have a network of family and friends behind them, and providers need to practice strong...

Lower Drug Costs, Subsidy Access Improve Medication Adherence

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  Improving access to Medicare Part D subsidies and lowering out-of-pocket patient drug costs can help raise medication adherence rates in patients of low socioeconomic status, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical...

Patient Education Improves Diabetes Self-Management Outcomes

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Self-management programs that include patient education and participant input are helpful in driving outcomes in chronic care management, shows a recent case study on diabetes care published in the American Journal of Managed Care. At a family...

Inaccurate VA Wait Time Data Creates Healthcare Access Issues

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A recent report from the VA Office of Inspector General shows that appointment wait times at the VA are longer than the agency is reporting. According to the brief, these inaccuracies are keeping patients from accessing Veterans Choice, a program...

Study Finds Patient Primary Care Appointment Access Still High

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Despite industry concerns over the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) effects on primary care appointment access, patients are seeing more open appointments than in years previous, according to a research note published in JAMA Internal Medicine....

Better Assessments Needed for Patient EHR Note Readability

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Healthcare professionals need a better metric for testing patient readability for EHR notes, especially as patients gain more access to their health data via clinician notes and the patient portal, says a recent study published in the Journal...

3 Best Practices to Improve the Healthcare Patient Experience

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As healthcare continues to embrace patient-centered care strategies, industry stakeholders have begun to focus on improving the patient experience. Per the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the patient experience “encompasses...

Accuracy, Usefulness of Patient eHealth Literacy Assessments

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With the increasing mHealth and other health IT use to support patient engagement, healthcare professionals are focused on assessing the ability for patients to access, use, and apply knowledge from these tools — otherwise known as patient...

Retail Consumer Experience Key in Consumer-Driven Healthcare

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Just like retail industries have to cater to shoppers’ needs, healthcare organizations must focus on patient experience in order to thrive in an increasingly consumer-driven landscape. Increasingly, out-of-pocket patient costs are rising...

AHIMA Reviews the Basics of HIPAA Compliant Patient Data Access

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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has posted a slideshow and report guiding patients through the proper process of  obtaining their medical records from their providers and navigating HIPAA privacy regulations....

Patient Knowledge Impacts Use of Urgent Care, ED Services

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Patients need more education to help them determine whether to access care in urgent care centers or the emergency department, according to a survey by New York City-based urgent care provider CityMD. Urgent care centers have come to the forefront...

PCORI Funds Patient-Centered Opioid Research at Cedars-Sinai

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Opioid use research has just taken a patient-centered turn at Cedars-Sinai. The Los Angeles hospital has recently received a $2 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to investigate the most effective ways...

How Health Payer Communication Boosts Patient Care Access

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Patient care access and preventive treatment are hallmarks of meaningful patient engagement. However, due to insufficient health payer communications with other stakeholders, patients are often left in the dark about whether or not their payers...

mHealth Use Hinges on Patient Perceptions of App Efficacy

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Even when mHealth apps have high usability ratings, patients still might not use them due to their own personal barriers, shows a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. According to the researchers, this highlights...

Patient-Generated Health Data Discussions Increase Engagement

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 Despite strong beliefs that patient-generated health data (PGHD) helps improve patient engagement, both patients and providers cite barriers to integrating the data into office visits, according to a survey presented at this year’s...

Negative Patient Experience Tied to More Surgical Complications

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A new study out of UNC Health Care shows a direct link between negative patient experience reports and surgical complications. The research team examined patient experience reports from approximately 30,000 surgical patients at seven academic...

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