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Patients Need Strong Broadband for mHealth, Telehealth Access

May 25, 2017 - The AHA and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to make changes to the Rural Health Care (RHC) plan to improve broadband services in rural regions. This will make mHealth and telehealth access more readily available for rural patients, the two groups contended. “Telehealth connects patients to vital health services...


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Patients Need Strong Broadband for mHealth, Telehealth Access

by Sara Heath

The AHA and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to make changes to the Rural Health Care (RHC) plan to improve broadband services in rural regions. This will make mHealth and...

VA Signs $19M Deal for Patient Appointment Self-Scheduling

by Sara Heath

The VA selected Document Storage Systems as its vendor to enable patient appointment self-scheduling services, fulfilling parts of the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016. The $19.6 million contract will help drive better veteran access to healthcare...

Rural Patients Gain More Telehealth Access in New WA Law

by Sara Heath

A new Washington state law to help expand patient access to telehealth services has earned the praise of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA). The law, signed by the state’s governor Jay Inslee, clarifies the definition of “home”...

mHealth Equally Effective as Manual Chronic Care Management

by Sara Heath

mHealth apps are useful for supporting chronic care management, but no more so than manual, paper-based self-management strategies, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. mHealth apps can specifically benefit...

BCBS, Lyft Forge Deal for Patient Care Access, Transportation

by Sara Heath

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) has announced a nationwide partnership with Lyft to support patient care access and fill transportation needs. This is a part of BCBSA’s overall strategy to address the social determinants...

Patient mHealth App Use Marks Motivation for Healthy Behaviors

by Sara Heath

Patient mHealth app use is a key indicator of motivation for health behavior change, which is an important step in chronic disease management, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. mHealth apps have proven...

Ridesharing Deal to Drive Timely Patient Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

Lyft and American Medical Response (AMR) have partnered to provide easier transportation and healthcare access for patients receiving outpatient treatment. The partnership will support AMR’s One Call program, which allows patients to call...

mHealth Apps Offer Patient-Centered, Convenient Recovery Care

by Sara Heath

mHealth apps are helpful in reducing in-person care after surgery, presenting a viable patient-centered and convenient option for patients during post-operative follow-up care, according to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery. Offering convenient...

Digital Patient Education Tools Improve Procedure Prep Process

by Sara Heath

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....

Accuracy, Usefulness of Patient eHealth Literacy Assessments

by Sara Heath

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...

mHealth Use Hinges on Patient Perceptions of App Efficacy

by Sara Heath

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...

Patients Seek More Support with Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Ninety-one percent of patients say they need more help with chronic disease management, but their healthcare providers are not delivering all the services they would like, according to a recent survey conducted by Kelton on behalf of West Healthcare....

Internet Familiarity Tied to Patient Digital Health Literacy

by Sara Heath

Patients who use the internet more tend to have higher digital health literacy, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. As healthcare professionals continue to turn to digital health to improve patient...

Patients Want More Access to Telehealth, mHealth Treatment

by Sara Heath

The pressure is on for providers and health payers to increase access to digital and telehealth tools as patients demand more technology use, says a recent Accenture survey. In the survey of 1,500 adult respondents, 78 percent said they are interested...

Lyft Partnership to Expand Transportation for Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

LogistiCare, a service for coordinating transportation to non-emergency medical appointments, has partnered with Lyft to help patients access healthcare in an easier and more timely manner. Through this partnership, LogistiCare will leverage...

High Costs Quell Widespread Patient Engagement Tech Adoption

by Sara Heath

High costs and lack of payer coverage are two leading barriers to widespread mHealth and patient engagement technology adoption, despite their potential to support chronic disease management, shows a recent survey from the New England Journal...

How Digital, Health Literacy Drives mHealth Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

mHealth and other digital health technologies have emerged as viable tools for facilitating patient engagement. However, in order to ensure these technologies contribute to meaningful chronic disease management, patients need high health and...

Digital Weight Loss Tools Improve Patient Engagement, Adherence

by Sara Heath

Healthcare providers have long struggled with engaging their patients in weight loss, finding that most efforts are unsuccessful and have low adherence rates. A multi-faceted patient engagement platform may help improve this issue, shows a recent...

Patient Demand Drives mHealth Engagement Technology Adoption

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement technology and mHealth have long shown promise for many providers looking to activate their patients in their care. But for some providers, the days of simply considering the potential of patient engagement technology are over...

Patient Satisfaction, Portals, mHealth Led 2016 Headlines

by Sara Heath

Amidst the plethora of patient engagement initiatives healthcare professionals faced in 2016, three areas drew the most provider focus: patient satisfaction strategies, the use of mHealth, and patient portal adoption. To account for policies...

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