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Patient Engagement Strategies

Patient Access to Preventive Care Key for Cancer Care Equity

by Sara Heath

Better care coordination and patient access to preventive care will help drive cancer care equity, according to a report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP). The 2017 State of Cancer...

4 Steps to Reduce ED Overcrowding, Boost Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have developed a set of guidelines for reducing emergency department overcrowding and wait times, helping to improve the patient experience and eliminate delayed patient care...

Understanding Health Equity in Value-Based Patient Care

by Sara Heath

Care quality, disease management, and genetic makeup are core parts of patient health. However, stakeholders must also acknowledge that patient health is much more than medical interventions. This is especially true with value-based patient care...

3 Best Practices for Balancing EHR Use and Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals have been challenged with balancing EHR use and patient engagement during the clinical encounter as technology has evolved over the past 20 years. Providers face significant regulatory requirements for EHR use and reporting...

NQF: Add Patient Voice into Patient Reported Outcomes Measures

by Sara Heath

An analysis of online patient communities has shown that healthcare professionals usually don’t look at what matters most to patient satisfaction. This is a huge development for patient reported outcomes (PROs) measures, according to the...

How HIPAA Regulations Can Encourage Caregiver, Family Engagement

by Sara Heath

Being a patient does not have to be a solo experience. Many patients benefit from caregiver and family engagement - and many providers encourage collaborative decision-making.   While HIPAA regulations exist to secure the rights of...

Why Understanding Low Medication Adherence is a Team Effort

by Sara Heath

It is problematic when any patient doesn’t take a life-saving medication, but it is downright scary when more than two-thirds of HIV positive Medicaid patients have low medication adherence, according to Keith Dunn, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVE....

Financial Incentives Encourage HIV Patients to Access Treatment

by Sara Heath

Patients become more likely to access treatment when there is money to be gained, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. These recent findings add to the growing literature indicating that financial...

How Housing Support Addresses the Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

Housing insecurity is a critical social determinant of health, demanding the attention of healthcare industry professionals, according to a new guidebook from the American Hospital Association (AHA). The report specifically focuses on housing...

3 Lessons from Retail to Enhance Consumer-Centered Healthcare

by Sara Heath

In the wake of increased out-of-pocket patient spending and value-based care initiatives, the medical industry is embracing the importance of consumer-centered healthcare. Patients are being viewed as key stakeholders in their own care because...

Using Community Health Partnerships to Address Social Needs

by Sara Heath

In the city of McCook, Nebraska, paramedics visit the homes of patients recently released from the hospital, checking in on their health needs and making sure patients’ homes are suitable for recovery. This community health partnership...

5 Ways to Improve Medication Adherence in Chronic Care Patients

by Sara Heath

One of the more difficult aspects of medicine may also be one of the most important: putting care and medication plans in the patient’s hands. Chronic illness patients don’t always follow their care management plans, making it imperative...

What are Healthcare Navigators, Patient-Centered Care Benefits?

by Sara Heath

Healthcare navigators are like the industry’s version of a car GPS. They help patients get from place to place in a healthcare system that can often be difficult to understand. But unlike GPS, healthcare navigators are not necessarily helping...

How to Reconcile Quality Patient Experience, Patient Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

In some hospitals, patients can walk in to see a harpist playing in the lobby. Other hospitals let patients have the Sunday paper delivered right to their bedside. Although seemingly luxurious, these amenities have actually sparked a debate in...

Are Health Orgs Doing Enough to Support Consumer Experience?

by Sara Heath

When it comes to driving patient and consumer experience, healthcare organizations aren’t up to snuff, reported Kaufman Hall in the findings in its 2017 State of Consumerism survey. Consumers are benefitting from an increasingly convenient...

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...

Money Woes, Out-of-Pocket Patient Costs Limit Cancer Care

by Sara Heath

Sixteen percent of healthcare consumers are experiencing high or overwhelming financial distress as a result of high out-of-pocket patient costs for cancer care. This can ultimately impact patient willingness or ability to access treatment, according...

AMA Joins Org Targeting Patient Access to Specialist Care

by Sara Heath

The AMA has joined forces with the Human Diagnosis Project (Human Dx), an organization which seeks to help expand patient access to specialist care by digitally connecting providers to other specialists. Currently, 30 million patients are uninsured...

High Drug Costs Limit Patient Access to Treatment, Medication

by Sara Heath

Rising out-of-pocket patient costs are keeping patients from using two common heart medications, hindering patient access to treatment, according to an analysis from the Cleveland Clinic. Published as a letter to the editor in the most recent...

4 Pros and Cons of Digital Patient Health Data Access

by Sara Heath

Patient health data access is a generally accepted patient engagement strategy that helps to empower patients through improved health literacy and integration into the care team. Healthcare providers are acting on patient data access, with nearly...

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