PatientEngagementHIT

mHealth and Patient Engagement

How Clinical Decision Support Drives Care Access in Rural Areas

by Sara Heath

With healthcare policies prioritizing better patient wellness and value-based care, healthcare organizations are working to drive patient care access. But with care access leaving something to be desired in rural areas, medical...

Cleveland Clinic Taps Apple Health Records for Patient Portal Data

by Sara Heath

The Cleveland Clinic has joined the ranks of hospitals and health systems across the country to make patient portal data available via the Apple Health Records app. The move will improve patient access to health data, a key ingredient in...

CMS Proposal Adds Remote Patient Monitoring in Home Health Payments

by Sara Heath

CMS has proposed changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System that would incentivize home health providers to utilize remote patient monitoring devices and improve patient-centered care. In an announcement earlier this week, the...

Patient Engagement Technology Comes to Forefront in Healthcare

by Sara Heath

The healthcare market is ripe for an insurgence of patient engagement technologies that help connect patients to their healthcare, according to a recent market report from the International Data Corporation (IDC). The report, which...

Apple Releases Health Records API for Patient Data Sharing

by Sara Heath

Apple has launched its Health Records application programming interface (API) allowing consumers to share patient data from third-party apps with their providers. The API is now open for developers interested in medication management,...

Healthcare Orgs Tap Text Messages for Patient Appointment Reminders

by Sara Heath

Two-thirds of healthcare organizations use text messages for patient appointment reminders, in many cases meeting patient preferences for office communication, according to a recent Medical Group Management Association poll. The poll of...

Why Consumers Need Info About Diabetes Self-Management Apps

by Sara Heath

Despite the plethora of diabetes self-management apps on the mHealth market, research regarding app efficacy for chronic disease management is left wanting, according to a recent study from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality...

What Is the Role of Connected Health in Patient Engagement?

by Sara Heath

As healthcare technology continues to permeate the medical industry, experts are continuing to evaluate how connected health tools can impact patient engagement and the overall patient experience. As noted in a 2013 study in the...

Google, Fitbit Partnership to Boost Wearable Technology, Data Use

by Sara Heath

Google and Fitbit will now partner to deliver enhanced patient engagement technology and wearable tech use. The move will connect patient-generated health data with patient medical records, the two companies stated. The partnership will...

VA Boasts Broad Use of Connected Health for Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The VA is proving its chops in the connected health sphere, creating better patient access to care using digital tools, according to an Administration press release. Specifically, expanded telehealth access has allowed more patients to...

DTC Telehealth Ups Patient Access to Care in Natural Disasters

by Sara Heath

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) telehealth has proven an effective tool for creating patient access to care following a natural disaster, according to a new article published by RAND Corporation in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that...

Telehealth Closes Patient Care Access Gaps in Rural Mississippi

by Sara Heath

Across the country, telehealth technology is helping to close care gaps in areas where healthcare consumers otherwise would face considerable patient care access challenges. Especially in rural regions, telehealth has allowed patients to...

Improvements Needed for Patient Engagement Apps, Health Behavior

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals and mHealth app designers must identify ways to make medication adherence apps produce improvements in wellness measures, indicates a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association....

Patient Portal Access, Use Reach 52% of Healthcare Consumers

by Sara Heath

Patient access to health data is continuously increasing, but there is still more opportunity for medical professionals to encourage better patient engagement with their own health data, according to a new ONC data brief about patient...

How Do mHealth, Mobile Health Devices Impact Patient Satisfaction?

by Sara Heath

Mobile health devices and mHealth initiatives are strongly correlated with higher patient satisfaction scores, according to a recent survey conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Jamf. The survey of over 600 health IT professionals in...

Patients Welcome AI Tech to Create Access to Convenient Care

by Sara Heath

Patients are becoming more welcoming of technology integrated into the healthcare encounter, showing that patient preferences are leaning less toward human interaction and more toward convenient care, according to Accenture’s 2018...

Digital Health Tools May Enhance Consumer Experience in Healthcare

by Sara Heath

Fifty-nine percent of healthcare consumers want to see their healthcare experiences reflect those they have in the retail space, with patients demanding to see more patient-centric digital health tools to fill their needs, according to a...

Uber Health Launches as Ridesharing Fills Patient Care Access Needs

by Sara Heath

Ridesharing company Uber has officially launched Uber Health, a platform specifically designed for patients with medical transportation and care access needs. Lack of transportation to a medical facility is an important social determinant...

How VR Can Boost Individualized Patient Education, Care Experience

by Sara Heath

A new virtual reality tool at Boston Children’s Hospital aims to take patient education into the future by delivering children and their parents an individualized and immersive patient experience. In partnership with patient...

Patient Engagement Technology Useful for Medicaid Innovation

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement technology and other smart technologies can help enhance state Medicaid programs, according to a recent report from Deloitte. “Smart Medicaid: Leveraging Cognitive Technologies to Improve Health and Program...

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