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AHA Develops Strategies to Enhance Rural Healthcare Access

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As the healthcare industry embraces patient-centered healthcare, organizations must work to ensure healthcare access to vulnerable communities, such as rural or urban regions. So says the American Hospital Association in a recent report. According...

Can Primary Care Address Limited Pediatric Behavioral Healthcare?

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Primary care interventions may be required to help expand behavioral healthcare access to underserved children, but providers are facing a number of obstacles as they try to improve access to care, according to a report in the journal Pediatrics....

Patients Still Struggle to Access Mental Health Care at VA

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More than a third of veterans struggle to access mental health care within the VA system despite a high prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a recent survey from the Wounded Warrior Project. Although nearly three-quarters...

Are Mobile Patient Portals the Next Step in Patient Engagement?

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Patient portals are often viewed as critical tools to improve patient engagement, but not every consumer is able to access their health data from a home computer. According to some healthcare professionals, offering a mobile patient portal is...

Care Coordination May Improve Behavioral Healthcare Access

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The healthcare industry should do more to improve behavioral healthcare access and substance abuse disorder treatment, says an op-ed published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in order to account for the growing patient...

Could Low Provider Morale Affect Patient Healthcare Access?

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Low job satisfaction and physician morale may be negatively affecting patient healthcare access, shows a Physician Foundation survey report. The survey, administered to nearly 17,000 primary care and specialty physicians, shows that 53.9 percent...

Providers Poised to Adopt New Patient Engagement Strategies

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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...

Two-Way Communication Improves Cancer Patient Engagement

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Care planning and bidirectional communication initiatives may be helpful for improving patient engagement for cancer survivors, according to a study published in JMIR Cancer, but these programs may be difficult to implement and often fail to...

Ridesharing Services May Drive More Patient Healthcare Access

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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...

VA Leader Promises Patient Care Access, Scheduling Improvements

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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald is defending the agency once again, restating its commitment to improve patient care access  and timely appointment scheduling for veterans. Following President Obama’s...

How Telehealth, Convenient Care Improve Patient Experience

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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...

New AMA Mapping Tool to Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

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A new geographic mapping tool from the American Medical Association could help providers identify underserved regions, enabling them to boost patient access to healthcare. According to a press release, the mapping tool is an improved version...

How Text Messaging Can Transform Patient-Provider Communication

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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?

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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

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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...

3 Key Strategies for Supporting Patient Self-Management

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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 Health IT Drives Pediatric Patient Engagement Strategies

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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

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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 Can Wellness Programs Improve to Boost Patient Motivation?

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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

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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...

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