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Patient Engagement News and Articles

Patients Seek More Support with Chronic Disease Management

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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....

Targeted Patient Engagement Efforts Key for Teen Cancer Care

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Cancer survivors need high levels of patient engagement and education in order to continue to manage their care, mitigate any lingering treatment effects, and prevent relapse. However, patient engagement often falls short for adolescent and young...

Collaboration, Health IT Boost Pediatric Medication Adherence

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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...

Internet Familiarity Tied to Patient Digital Health Literacy

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Patients who use the internet more tend to have higher digital health literacy, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. As healthcare professionals continue to turn to digital health to improve patient...

Merck Leads Alliance for Patient-Centered Cancer Care Access

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The Merck Foundation has selected six health systems to form the Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care, issuing a total of $15 million in grants over five years to improve patient access to cancer care in underserved populations. According...

Patient Education Reduces Costs, Boosts Asthma Outcomes

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Community-based patient education programs can help improve asthma management, resulting in better patient knowledge of their condition, lower healthcare utilization, and lower overall healthcare costs, according to a recent study published in...

MD Bill Aims to Restrict Drug Pricing Changes, Access Barriers

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A Maryland bill could help patients receive uninterrupted access to critical treatments, regardless of changes in their health payer plans by preventing payers from making unreasonable changes to drug prices and medication access. The Continuity...

Patient Portals, Data, Consumer Preferences Top HIMSS17 Trends

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Healthcare professionals are gearing up to converge on the Sunshine State and preparing to immerse themselves in this year’s HIMSS conference. As stakeholders continue to hear industry and regulatory calls for better patient engagement,...

Patients Want More Access to Telehealth, mHealth Treatment

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The pressure is on for providers and health payers to increase access to digital and telehealth tools as patients demand more technology use, says a recent Accenture survey. In the survey of 1,500 adult respondents, 78 percent said they are interested...

Despite EHR Adoption, Patients Still Face Record Copying Fees

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Despite widespread EHR adoption and regulations limiting copying fees, patients still face financial and administrative barriers to health data access, contends a group of authors in a recent JAMA Internal Medicine viewpoint. These barriers often...

Lyft Partnership to Expand Transportation for Healthcare Access

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LogistiCare, a service for coordinating transportation to non-emergency medical appointments, has partnered with Lyft to help patients access healthcare in an easier and more timely manner. Through this partnership, LogistiCare will leverage...

Shared Decision-Making Reduces Cardiac Admissions from the ED

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Shared decision-making tools can cut cardiac admissions in the emergency department by empowering patients and clinicians to make more informed choices about their care, according to research published in the British Medical Journal and discussed...

AHRQ Awards $4M for Patient Experience, Safety Initiatives

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded a $4 million grant to the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the American College of Surgeons to help practices improve patient experience and...

Five Best Practices for Improving Patient Health Literacy

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Strong patient health literacy is key for improving patient engagement, but it does not occur in a vacuum. Instead, providers should assess and understand outside variables that affect health literacy, such as practice-wide interventions, policy...

Online Physician Reviews Stressful for Docs, Useful for Patients

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Seventy-eight percent of providers say that online physician reviews cause them stress, despite the fact that about a half of patients think the reviews are useful, according to a recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine....

How Healthcare Pros Measure Patient Engagement, Satisfaction

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As a part of the industry push for value-based healthcare, healthcare professionals are facing calls to improve patient engagement. However, patient engagement as a practice is difficult to define and difficult to measure. To work towards achieving...

Communications on Outcomes Can Boost Shared Decision-Making

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Surgeons who discuss best and worst case outcomes scenarios as a part of their patient-provider communications see stronger shared decision-making with their senior patients, shows a new study published in JAMA Surgery. Developing shared decision-making...

Best Practices for Advanced Care Planning, End-of-Life Care

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Clinicians looking to improve their advanced care planning conversations and end-of-life care for their patients should utilize strong interpersonal skills and supplementing them with health IT use. Advanced care planning is the process by which...

How Can Healthcare Professionals Define Patient Engagement?

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Patient engagement is a widely used buzzword throughout the healthcare industry, but for too long has been only that – a phrase with little tangible definition. But coming to an industry-wide consensus on the meaning and scope of patient...

OIG: VA Still Struggles with Third-Party Patient Care Access

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The Department of Veterans Affairs needs to bolster its third-party patient care access to help reduce its appointment wait times, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General. OIG’s report, which it conducted in response...

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