PatientEngagementHIT

Patient Engagement Strategies

How Clinician Guidance Aids Patient-Provider Communication

by Sara Heath

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...

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....

How Healthcare Orgs Can Drive Family Engagement in Patient Care

by Sara Heath

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

by Sara Heath

  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

by Sara Heath

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

by Sara Heath

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...

Better Assessments Needed for Patient EHR Note Readability

by Sara Heath

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

by Sara Heath

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...

Retail Consumer Experience Key in Consumer-Driven Healthcare

by Sara Heath

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

by Sara Heath

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

by Sara Heath

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...

How Health Payer Communication Boosts Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

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

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...

Patient-Generated Health Data Discussions Increase Engagement

by Sara Heath

 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

by Sara Heath

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...

Patient Portal Use Growing as Engagement Efforts Take Priority

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement is on the rise as a result of a significant increase in patient portal availability and adoption, according to a survey from CDW Healthcare. The survey of 200 chronic care patients and 200 providers shows that patients are...

Patients Call for Better Info, Education on Cancer Treatments

by Sara Heath

Oncologists and other cancer clinicians need to offer more information and education regarding innovative cancer treatments to both patients and caregivers, helping to drive more informed decision-making, according to a recent survey from the...

Patient Activation Levels Drive Health Coaching in Chronic Care

by Sara Heath

New research in the American Journal of Managed Care calls for payer-sponsored care management programs to improve chronic care management by including individualized health coaching elements. Health payers have a financial impetus to improve...

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....

Collaboration, Health IT Boost Pediatric Medication Adherence

by Sara Heath

Kidney transplant patients often struggle with low levels of medication adherence, a problem that can put some patients at risk of rejecting their new organ. At Cincinnati Children’s, that problem is exacerbated in pediatric and adolescent...

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