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mHealth Games Can Improve Patient Education about Health Payers

November 21, 2017 - mHealth games may help support patient education about health payers and insurance plans, helping to close a gap in patient understanding, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Patient understanding of health payer plans is essential to obtaining healthcare coverage, especially as more patients have access to insurance following the Affordable Care Act....


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How Can Mental Health Apps Drive Patient-Provider Communication?

by Sara Heath

Advocate Health Care will be rolling out a new study testing the efficacy of a patient-provider communication technology that aids patients living with depression. Developed in partnership with pharma companies Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Lundbeck...

How Can Mobile Patient Portals Boost Patient Portal Use Rates?

by Sara Heath

Although nearly 90 percent of hospitals and providers offer patient portal access, true patient portal adoption lingers at around 15 percent, according to Government Accountability Office data. Mobilizing the patient portal allows patients to...

FDA Holds First Patient Engagement Advisory Committee Meeting

by Sara Heath

FDA held its first Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) meeting on Wednesday, October 11, aiming to engage patients and caregivers in discussions regarding FDA’s regulatory activities. “The FDA’s work requires us to...

What Do Patients Want in Self-Management mHealth Apps?

by Sara Heath

Patients, providers, and caregivers all must weed through the most valuable self-management mHealth apps as chronic disease management continues to go digital. Not all mHealth apps are created equal, and patients have opinions about which will...

What Limits Digital Health Use in Chronic Care Management?

by Sara Heath

Both patients and providers recognize the benefits digital health has on patient engagement in chronic care management. However, both parties have apprehensions, which one group of researchers says can arm digital health developers reframe implementation...

Charitable mHealth Apps Increase Patient Engagement, Tool Use

by Sara Heath

Not every mHealth app is well-suited to increase patient engagement for every patient population, but one new tool out of the University of Southern California (USC) has proven effective for the charitable-minded. The tool, detailed in a recent...

Ridesharing Deal Eliminates Barriers to Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Sutter Physician Services has partnered with ridesharing service Lyft to help patients get to their doctor’s appointments, eliminating some barriers to patient care access. Nearly 3.6 million patients miss their medical appointments each...

Top 4 Patient Motivation Techniques for Health Improvement

by Sara Heath

Creating a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan is only half the battle for doctors; actually getting patients to follow through is its own beast. Providers can better achieve overall patient wellness by using a set of patient motivation...

Wayfinding Apps Lead the Way to Positive Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

When Katie Logan began at Piedmont Health as vice president of experience, she was tasked with moving past traditional patient satisfaction measures and uncovering specific and positive patient experience improvements. Logan’s efforts led...

VR in Healthcare Reduces Patient Fears, Ups Care Experience

by Sara Heath

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)...

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”...

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