PatientEngagementHIT

Patient Engagement Strategies

Patient Portal Benefits in Pediatric Care Must Fuel Parent Use

by Sara Heath

The perceived effectiveness of patient portals in driving parent caregiver engagement in pediatrics is currently limited, presenting more opportunities for healthcare organizations to refine and streamline their patient portal adoption strategies,...

Mental Healthcare Access Shrinks as Patient Demand Grows

by Sara Heath

More patients are struggling with mental healthcare access than ever before, despite the needs from a growing patient population, according to a study from NYU Langone Medical Center. In an assessment of survey responses to the National Health...

Patient-Provider Communication Key to Wellness Improvement

by Sara Heath

Patients and clinicians often perceive patient wellness differently, highlighting a need for clear patient-provider communication about patient wellness efforts, found a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine....

Industry Groups Partner for Healthcare Shared Decision-Making

by Sara Heath

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) have partnered for a program geared toward driving shared decision-making in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Along with efforts from Pfizer, the...

PCORI Works to Drive Patient-Centered Health Research Design

by Sara Heath

Although health research is key to driving medical advancements, it’s not always accessible or relevant to patients who need this information to make better care decisions. At the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a call for...

Patient EHR Note Input Boosts Patient-Provider Communication

by Sara Heath

Allowing patients to collaborate on EHR notes to set appointment agendas can improve patient-provider communication, shows a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Patients setting the appointment agenda has long been hailed as an...

Family Caregiver Engagement Cuts Hospital Readmissions by 25%

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations that practice meaningful family caregiver engagement and integrate caregivers into the patient discharge process can reduce hospital readmissions by one-quarter, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh...

Congress Advances Bill to Extend Veterans Choice Program

by Sara Heath

The Senate and House of Representatives have both passed a bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program, a VA initiative to allow veterans access to non-VA healthcare when facing extraordinary wait times or other barriers to treatment, according...

Does Patient Trust in Clinicians Improve Patient Satisfaction?

by Sara Heath

Patients who have more trust in their clinicians have better perceptions about the quality of the care they received and have higher patient satisfaction levels, according to a study published in the journal PLOS One. In the age of patient-centered...

$1M Grant to Increase Patient Access to Free Clinic Care

by Sara Heath

The CVS Health Foundation has awarded a total of $1 million in grant funding to the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), ultimately aiding 33 free health clinics across the country. These grants are geared toward improving...

33% of Primary Care Providers Also Deliver Palliative Care

by Sara Heath

About one-third of primary care physicians offer palliative care services, allaying some concern about a growing senior patient population and a shrinking palliative care workforce, according to research published in the Journal of the American...

Industry Deals Drive Patient Care Access, Provider Training

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professional societies and other stakeholders are partnering to increase clinical education and input to drive more patient healthcare access. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) recently announced its partnership...

MGH, Healthwise Partner for Shared Decision-Making Program

by Sara Heath

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has partnered with non-profit Healthwise to create the Informed Medical Decisions Program (IMDP) to support shared decision-making in patient engagement. The IMDP has received $2 million initial funding from...

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...

Building Successful Healthcare Patient Advisory Councils

by Sara Heath

Patient-centered care is a key component of current health system goals. But amidst patient portals, mHealth engagement apps, and patient satisfaction surveys, how can providers make sure these efforts truly serve the patient? For some healthcare...

Patient Support Groups Drive Medication Adherence, Empowerment

by Sara Heath

Patient support groups are a helpful strategy for improving patient health literacy and empowerment, ultimately leading to better health decisions and improved medication adherence, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed...

Medicaid Patient Healthcare Access on Par with Private Plans

by Sara Heath

Medicaid-covered patients experience near equal healthcare access when compared to their privately-insured counterparts, according to a data note from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). “Given Medicaid’s major coverage role and the...

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...

Physician Shortage Drives Wait Times, Harms Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Doctors’ appointment wait times have increased by 30 percent since 2014, likely due to a growing number of insured patients and resulting physician shortages, according to a Merritt Hawkins survey. The survey of physician practices in 30...

Hospital Execs Keep Focus on Patient Engagement, Experience

by Sara Heath

Better patient engagement and consumer satisfaction remain among the top priorities for C-suite hospital executives, according to the 2017 C-suite survey from Premier, Inc. The survey of 63 healthcare executives revealed that healthcare organizations...

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