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House Bill Taps Medical Scribes to Support Patient Engagement

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The House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow VA clinicians to shift their focuses from the EHR onto driving stronger patient engagement, aiding a better care experience. The VA Medical Scribes Pilot Act of 2017 (HR 1848) calls...

VR in Healthcare Reduces Patient Fears, Ups Care Experience

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In a hematology clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Amy Dunn, MD, can administer an intravenous treatment to one of her pediatric patients with hemophilia, completely fear-free. This care experience is thanks to virtual reality (VR)...

Nurse Communication, Teamwork to Boost Care Experience Scores

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Healthcare organizations must identify evidence-based strategies to support nurse communications and patient perceptions of caregiver teamwork to improve on patient care experience scores, concluded a new Press Ganey report obtained in an email....

GAO Comments on HHS Efforts to Drive Patient Portal Use

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HHS should re-evaluate its campaigns to drive patient portal use and access to health data, said a Government Accountability Office (GAO) representative in the agency’s Watchdog Report blog late last week. The blog post featured GAO healthcare...

How Healthcare Orgs Offer Price Transparency to Patients

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Offering price transparency to patients is a rising priority in the healthcare industry. As more patients face high out-of-pocket costs, they are looking to manage their own healthcare spending. Industry experts acknowledge that notifying patients...

5 Patient Engagement Terms Shaping Value-Based Care

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Healthcare professionals are increasingly adopting value-based care models, and turning to strong patient engagement tactics to drive success. However, the language used in patient engagement and value-based care discussions is sometimes nebulous,...

How mHealth Apps Drive Patient Behavior Change, Motivation

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mHealth apps targeted toward weight loss must leverage strong educational features to help frame patient attitudes regarding healthy eating to drive patient behavior change and motivation, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical...

Hospitals Need Targeted Plan for Social Determinants of Health

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Healthcare organizations are tapping into the social determinants of health to improve patient-centered, value-based care, but do not yet have a consistent and targeted approach, according to a new Deloitte report. The report, which included...

AHIMA Form Standardizes Patient Health Data Access Requests

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The American Healthcare Informatics Management Association (AHIMA) has released a standardized model for patient health data access requests in an effort to streamline the process, according to an organization statement emailed to journalists....

PCORI Funds Shared Decision-Making, Patient Care Access Studies

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News out of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is promising for healthcare stakeholders looking to advance shared decision-making and patient care access. PCORI has authorized $6.5 million in funding for a new initiative...

Using Risk Stratification in Patient Engagement Strategies

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As healthcare professionals continue to develop meaningful patient engagement strategies, they should consider using risk stratification to determine how and with which patients providers will engage. Risk stratification is “the process...

Cultural Barriers Limit Immigrant Patient-Provider Interactions

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Cultural differences and language barriers considerably hinder strong immigrant patient-provider interactions, according to a study published in the journal Patient Experience. As the US continues to see high levels of immigration, it will be...

Top 4 Challenges in Driving High Patient Satisfaction

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Driving high patient satisfaction in healthcare is a challenging task. Patients are complex and unique, each with a different set of needs and preferences. Add to that the growing to-do list for today’s clinicians, and supporting patient...

Why Patients Value Patient Portal Health Data Access

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Patients enjoy having patient portal health data access because it allows them to take ownership of their own care, makes them feel empowered as partners in their treatments, and helps them detect and identify errors their providers may have...

Public Health Org Aims to Meet Social Determinants of Health

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Former HHS Acting Assistant Secretary Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSC, will be co-chairing a new public health institute that will target and engage local health partners to help meet the social determinants of health. The de Beaumont Foundation...

3 Factors Swaying Patient Decisions for Treatment Facilities

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In the age of healthcare consumerism, patients are increasingly activated in their own healthcare. This includes in making decisions for treatment facilities at which patients wish to receive their care. Patients are largely spending their own...

FDA Expanded Patient Medication Access Program Successful

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The FDA has successfully enacted its expanded patient medication access program, which allows patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses access to medications that have not yet moved past the clinical trial period, according to a report...

Patient Engagement Tools Create Administrative Simplification

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Although many patient engagement tools center on activating patients in their own care, there are some emerging technologies that also streamline the patient experience. More efficient patient interactions may also lead to administrative simplification....

Reports Note Uptick in Hospital Patient Engagement Technology

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US hospitals and health systems are increasingly adopting patient engagement technology to enhance their care quality and drive outcomes, according to two separate reports from the American Hospital Association’s Hospital & Health Networks...

ONC Offers Improvements for Patient Medical Records Requests

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Healthcare organizations must develop and communicate clear protocol for patient medical records requests, according to the ONC. In a recent report, the agency explained that although patients can view their health data via the patient portal,...

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