PatientEngagementHIT

Patient Engagement Strategies

Clinician Training Courses Support Shared Decision-Making in Care

by Sara Heath

Patient and provider training courses may increase the efficacy of shared decision-making in multicultural behavioral health clinics, according to new research in JAMA Psychiatry. Shared decision-making has been touted as an effective...

VA Launches Patient Access to Care Outreach Program for Vets

by Sara Heath

Many newly-discharged military personnel are unaware of the healthcare benefits the VA provides, limiting patient access to care. That is poised to change, as the VA launched its Concierge for Care program, a patient education initiative...

Patient Experience, Value-Based Care Top the HIMSS18 Trends

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to find ways to succeed in emerging value-based care models, patient engagement has taken a primary role. A better patient experience and improved outcomes through patient engagement are key trends at...

Why Value-Based Care Must Include Shared Decision-Making

by Sara Heath

Shared decision-making, or the practice of an informed patient participating in treatment decisions alongside her clinicians, may seem like a natural patient engagement strategy. After all, shared decision-making integrates the patient...

Behavioral Health Medical Home Enhances Patient Activation in Care

by Sara Heath

A behavioral health home model is an effective strategy for integrating mental and behavioral health into primary care services, according to a new initiative at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Center for High-Value...

Patient-Centered Opioid Program Improves Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

A patient-centric approach to opioid dosage tapering can reduce the need for behavioral health specialists, thus improving patient access to the often-costly process of weaning off opioid treatments, according to a research letter...

Fragmented Mental Healthcare Stunts Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Mental and behavioral healthcare options are currently too fragmented to facilitate easy patient access to care, according to a survey of healthcare industry leaders in a recent NEJM Catalyst Insights Council report. The US healthcare...

Do TV Medical Dramas Skew Patient Perceptions of Quality Care?

by Sara Heath

Medical dramas on television are obscuring patient perceptions of quality care and expectations of a positive hospital experience, creating what some researchers are calling the “Grey’s Anatomy” effect, according to a new...

Patient Education for Radiology, Imaging Exams Insufficient

by Sara Heath

Patients and family caregivers are not receiving adequate patient education and preparation prior to an imaging exam, according to research from the Radiology Society of North American (RSNA). The research, published in the journal...

64% of Patients Avoid Care Due to High Patient Healthcare Costs

by Sara Heath

Patients are delaying medical care or forgoing treatment altogether because of increasingly high patient healthcare costs, according to a recent survey conducted by 20|20 Research in partnership with CarePayment. Healthcare prices are...

AMIA Outlines Data Use Guideline for Patient-Centered Care, PGHD

by Sara Heath

Community healthcare partnerships and the integration of the social determinants of health are on the horizon for patient-centered care, but require revamped data guidelines to become a reality, according to a new report from the American...

Patient Access to Care Low for One-Third of Mental Health Patients

by Sara Heath

Only one-third of patients with a mental health diagnosis access some form of treatment, says a new dataset from Kaiser Permanente. These patient access to care issues affect different populations at higher rates, highlighting key care...

Healthcare Organizations Expect to Focus on Consumer Engagement

by Sara Heath

Consumer engagement is the name of the game for health payers and healthcare industry stakeholders, according to a recent report commissioned by Change Healthcare and the Health Care Executive Group (HCEG). The 8th Annual Industry Pulse...

Transparent Patient-Provider Communication Reduces EHR Errors

by Sara Heath

The ability to acknowledge and be transparent about clinician EHR use is yet another skill clinicians need in their patient-provider communication toolbelts, according to a new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet...

How Family Engagement Programs Support Clinical Outcomes Measures

by Sara Heath

Intermountain Healthcare’s program to support family engagement in patient care has resulted in improved clinical outcomes measures such as preventable hospital readmissions, according to new data. The research, published in the...

Healthcare Pros Expand Patient Navigators for Continuity of Care

by Sara Heath

The American College of Cardiology will be expanding its resources to build an effective patient navigator program, helping to support continuity of care for myocardial infarction (MI) patients. The Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI...

How Useful is Ridesharing for Medical Transportation Barriers?

by Sara Heath

As healthcare organizations seek to address medical transportation barriers impeding patient access to care, they are tapping healthcare ridesharing apps to help ease patient burden. Ridesharing apps such as Uber or Lyft offer inexpensive...

Closing Mental Health Care Disparities by Targeting Cultural Needs

by Sara Heath

A culturally-sensitive care intervention that addresses the social determinants of health can reduce the care disparities that often arise between sociocultural groups accessing mental health treatment, according to a group of researchers...

CMS Cancels Shared Decision-Making Models Due to Planning Issues

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced that it will not pilot the Shared Decision Making (SDM) and the Direct Decision Support (DDS) Models, two initiatives aimed at supporting shared decision-making and patient engagement in healthcare. The agency cited...

What is Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, Patient Access?

by Sara Heath

During patient wellness efforts and chronic care management plans, consistent and reliable patient access to care is essential. Non-emergency medical transportation is a core solution to patient care access among populations facing...

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