PatientEngagementHIT

Patient Engagement Strategies

How Consumers and Providers See Patient Engagement Differently

by Sara Heath

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?

by Sara Heath

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

by Sara Heath

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...

3 Key Strategies for Supporting Patient Self-Management

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement strategies are necessary for an in-depth and productive care encounter, and they are also important for inspiring lasting patient self-management habits. When patients are fully engaged in their healthcare, they are more likely...

How Does Patient Portal Use Affect Various Patient Populations?

by Sara Heath

New research indicates that low patient portal use rates in minority and poor patients may lead to overall poorer health. The study, led by researcher William Manard, MD, sought to determine if patient portal use can help patients lower their...

10M Patients Access Electronic Health Data through OpenNotes

by Sara Heath

Ten million patients are seeing their provider’s notes through OpenNotes, granting them greater access to their electronic health data and driving greater patient empowerment. According to a public statement, the OpenNotes initiative has...

How to Include Patient Preferences in Shared Decision-Making

by Sara Heath

When Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s Corey Siegel, MD, wanted to engage in shared decision-making with his ulcerative colitis patients, it was difficult to know where to begin. The treatment process for the condition is complicated,...

How CMS Hospital Star Ratings Impact Patient Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

In an effort to increase patient satisfaction transparency and boost consumer empowerment in making treatment decisions, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services created the hospital star ratings system as a part of their Hospital Compare...

How Can Wellness Programs Improve to Boost Patient Motivation?

by Sara Heath

Understanding what motivates patients to improve their health and wellness remains a long-standing challenge for providers. Investigating patient wellness programs may be key to understanding the truth behind patient motivation. Two recent studies,...

88% Favor Expanded Use of Nurse Practitioners in VA Facilities

by Sara Heath

Eighty-eight percent of Americans support a new proposed rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) allowing nurse practitioners to practice at the top of their licenses in an effort to expand patient access to care. According to a press...

Can Medicaid Packages Help Boost Patient Engagement?

by Sara Heath

Boosting patient responsibility for their own healthcare – particularly financial responsibility – may have a positive effect on patient engagement levels. In a first-year analysis of Indiana’s Medicaid program, Healthy Indiana...

Financial Incentives May Not Always Drive Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

Could financial incentives drive better patient engagement and care outcomes? Probably no, says one recent study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, led by researchers at Columbia University’s...

3 Creative Patient Engagement Strategies Improving Patient Care

by Sara Heath

While patient portals and secure messaging systems often get positive reviews from the healthcare industry for their abilities to involve patients in their healthcare, new and innovative approaches are also helping to improve patient engagement....

HHS Proposes Patient Satisfaction Changes for Pain Management

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has proposed revisions to the HCAHPS survey, changing the way in which providers measure patient satisfaction with pain management. According to an HHS press release, the agency has proposed...

HIM Groups Partner with GetMyHealthData for Patient Data Access

by Sara Heath

The process for patient data access may soon become easier, thanks to a new initiative from the GetMyHealthData campaign, sponsored by the National Partnership for Women and Families. According to a press release, several key industry stakeholders...

How VA Handles Problems Related to Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seemingly always under the microscope regarding a practice issue. Recently, the agency has been under fire for problems in facilitating patient access to healthcare. But what exactly are the care access...

Cancer Moonshot Adds Patient-Centered Programs for Care Access

by Sara Heath

At a summit meeting earlier this week, Vice President Joe Biden announced a series of initiatives within the Cancer Moonshot mission, including two aimed at boosting patient-centered healthcare by supporting patient access to care. According...

Do Patient Engagement Programs Improve Addiction Treatment?

by Sara Heath

Interactive patient engagement programs focused on overall health education show promise for helping patients manage their addiction treatment, research from Kaiser Permanente Northern California shows. The study, published this month in JAMA...

OpenNotes, AMDIS Deal Fosters Patient Access to Health Data

by Sara Heath

OpenNotes has forged a new partnership with the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) to help improve the transparency of physician notes within patient-facing technologies, and to boost patient access to health data....

How Do Patient Engagement Strategies Cut Healthcare Costs?

by Sara Heath

Although patient engagement strategies are excellent for improving wellness and satisfaction, they also have a peripheral benefit: cutting healthcare costs and improving the hospital revenue cycle. By keeping patients connected with and engaged...

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