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VR in Healthcare Reduces Patient Fears, Ups Care Experience

July 26, 2017 - 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) in healthcare, which can make needle sticks in children less stressful and maybe even – dare we say it – fun. VR has not only helped enhance...


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How mHealth Apps Drive Patient Behavior Change, Motivation

by Sara Heath

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...

Reports Note Uptick in Hospital Patient Engagement Technology

by Sara Heath

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...

Exploring Basic Patient Engagement Technology, Health IT

by Sara Heath

As healthcare takes a digital turn, it will be important for industry professionals to understand basic patient engagement technology. Health IT is a core aspect of federal incentive programs, and is becoming the future for patient activation...

Patient Engagement Strategies for Young, Healthy Populations

by Sara Heath

The term “patient engagement” usually elicits images of extensive wellness plans, long patient portal messages, and chronic disease management. However, patient engagement strategies are different for young and healthy patient populations....

77% of Patients Want Access to Virtual Care, Telehealth

by Sara Heath

Patient demand for virtual care and telehealth access is high despite some provider viewpoints, according to recent data from the Advisory Board. The Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey, which included over 5,000 patients across the country,...

Time, Personnel Issues Top Patient Engagement Strategy Barriers

by Sara Heath

Time is a significant patient engagement strategy barrier for 63 percent of healthcare organizations, according to a recent NEJM Catalyst survey. The survey of 555 healthcare executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians, targeted barriers to...

Patients Need Strong Broadband for mHealth, Telehealth Access

by Sara Heath

The AHA and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to make changes to the Rural Health Care (RHC) plan to improve broadband services in rural regions. This will make mHealth and...

VA Signs $19M Deal for Patient Appointment Self-Scheduling

by Sara Heath

The VA selected Document Storage Systems as its vendor to enable patient appointment self-scheduling services, fulfilling parts of the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016. The $19.6 million contract will help drive better veteran access to healthcare...

Rural Patients Gain More Telehealth Access in New WA Law

by Sara Heath

A new Washington state law to help expand patient access to telehealth services has earned the praise of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA). The law, signed by the state’s governor Jay Inslee, clarifies the definition of “home”...

mHealth Equally Effective as Manual Chronic Care Management

by Sara Heath

mHealth apps are useful for supporting chronic care management, but no more so than manual, paper-based self-management strategies, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. mHealth apps can specifically benefit...

BCBS, Lyft Forge Deal for Patient Care Access, Transportation

by Sara Heath

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) has announced a nationwide partnership with Lyft to support patient care access and fill transportation needs. This is a part of BCBSA’s overall strategy to address the social determinants...

Patient mHealth App Use Marks Motivation for Healthy Behaviors

by Sara Heath

Patient mHealth app use is a key indicator of motivation for health behavior change, which is an important step in chronic disease management, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. mHealth apps have proven...

Ridesharing Deal to Drive Timely Patient Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

Lyft and American Medical Response (AMR) have partnered to provide easier transportation and healthcare access for patients receiving outpatient treatment. The partnership will support AMR’s One Call program, which allows patients to call...

mHealth Apps Offer Patient-Centered, Convenient Recovery Care

by Sara Heath

mHealth apps are helpful in reducing in-person care after surgery, presenting a viable patient-centered and convenient option for patients during post-operative follow-up care, according to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery. Offering convenient...

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....

Accuracy, Usefulness of Patient eHealth Literacy Assessments

by Sara Heath

With the increasing mHealth and other health IT use to support patient engagement, healthcare professionals are focused on assessing the ability for patients to access, use, and apply knowledge from these tools — otherwise known as patient...

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...

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....

Internet Familiarity Tied to Patient Digital Health Literacy

by Sara Heath

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...

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