PatientEngagementHIT

Patient Engagement Technologies

Providers Poised to Adopt New Patient Engagement Strategies

by Sara Heath

A new wave of patient engagement strategies may be approaching now that digital communication tools have become more common, according to recent survey results published in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst. The poll of more than  350...

Ridesharing Services May Drive More Patient Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

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...

How Telehealth, Convenient Care Improve Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

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...

What Keeps Patients from Adopting Patient Portals, Health IT?

by Sara Heath

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...

CommonWell Allows Patients to Access Individual Health Data

by Sara Heath

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

by Sara Heath

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?

by Sara Heath

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

by Sara Heath

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...

Patient Portal, PHR Adoption Varies Along Socioeconomic Lines

by Sara Heath

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...

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...

How Health IT Drives Pediatric Patient Engagement Strategies

by Sara Heath

Healthcare technology may be the key to improving patient engagement, but what happens when the patient is a child? Pediatric patient engagement strategies, while very important, are more complicated than strategies for adult patients. As a result,...

How Poor mHealth App Usability Limits Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

mHealth apps might not be all they’re chalked up to be, especially in the realm of patient engagement and chronic disease management. In a data brief published by the Commonwealth Fund, researchers explain how most mHealth apps have low...

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,...

8.8 Million Patients Opt In to NY Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

The Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY) now has 8.8 million patients opting into its health information exchange. According to a public statement, approximately 62,000 provider users and millions of patients are now taking...

Do Health IT Tools for Patient Engagement Improve Satisfaction?

by Sara Heath

Health IT tools for patient engagement have captured the interest of a majority of patients looking to enhance their care experience, says a recent poll from Care Cloud.   The survey, which queried patients about their technology use, shows...

Health IT Communication Tools Key for Quality Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

For Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS), a well-connected health IT infrastructure with a focus on communication and patient engagement tools has pulled double duty: not only does it help clinicians deliver a high quality patient experience,...

ONC Awards Winners in Patient Health Data Access App Contest

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced its Phase 1 winners for an app challenge. This challenge prompted participants to develop apps to improve patient health data access on mobile devices. ONC...

Patient Access to Health Data, Portal Access Surges to 92%

by Sara Heath

According to an American Hospital Association Trend Watch report, data exchange over electronic tools like patient portals and EHRs is on an upswing, boosting patient and provider communication and access to health data. In the report, AHA focuses...

Why Interoperability is Vital to Patient Access to Health Data

by Sara Heath

The National Association for Trusted Exchange has added another new member in MediPortal, helping to drive patient-centered care and patient access to health data through interoperability. According to a press release, the two organizations have...

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...

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