PatientEngagementHIT

Patient Engagement Strategies

Tapping Non-Physician Clinicians to Address Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry faces a pressing physician shortage issue that is shaping up to harm quality patient care access. Industry leaders should look to non-physician clinicians, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, to close...

How Do Patients Define Quality on Health Information Websites?

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals must understand patient preferences for quality with regard to online health information websites, according to a group of Saint Louis University researchers. Understanding how patients find online health information...

How Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs Impact Patient Treatment Access

by Sara Heath

The rising cost of healthcare is a fundamental impediment to patient treatment access. As drug costs continue to climb, patients are seeing limited opportunity to access the medications and therapies necessary to overcome their health conditions....

FDA Must Clarify Outcomes Data Use in Expanded Access Drug Program

by Sara Heath

FDA must communicate clearer intent for outcomes data use in its expanded access program. This will ensure that drug manufacturers participate in the program and offer broader treatment access to extremely sick patients, according to a new Government...

Education, Clear Healthcare Navigation Next Steps in Patient Care

by Sara Heath

Industry professionals must find ways to meet patient preferences by making healthcare navigation easier and more convenient, according to a recent survey from United Healthcare. The survey of over 1,000 adult patients revealed that healthcare...

Public Health Pros Use Twitter for Patient Education Messages

by Sara Heath

Public health professionals are using Twitter to spread patient education and informative messages, leveraging the platform to communicate with an otherwise hard-to-reach audience, according to data published in the Journal of Medical Internet...

Partnership to Destigmatize Patient Access to Mental Healthcare

by Sara Heath

California-based Sutter Health and Mental Health America have forged a partnership to make it easier and more comfortable for patients to access mental healthcare. Nearly 40 million American adults live with some sort of mental of behavioral...

Patient, Provider Views Diverge on Consumer Centric Care Priority

by Sara Heath

Consumer centric care and patient engagement are top priorities for over 70 percent of payers and healthcare providers, and yet those efforts are not apparent to patients, according to a survey conducted by OCR International on behalf of Change...

How Medical Legal Partnerships Support Community Health Projects

by Sara Heath

On a phone call with a legal firm two years ago, Cook County Health & Hospitals Systems (CCHHS) Director of Policy Kathy Chan knew she was on the cusp of bringing community health to the Chicago area through medical legal partnerships. The...

VA Must Vet Resources Aiding Patient Treatment Decisions

by Sara Heath

The VA’s care quality transparency on Hospital Compare and its own website help inform patient treatment decisions, found a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). However, the agency must do more to ensure the accuracy...

How a Patient-Centered Payment System Creates Patient Choice

by Sara Heath

Value-based payment models may not be adequate for ensuring quality care for patients, according to a recent report from the Center for Healthcare Quality & Payment Reform. Instead, a patient-centered payment system can deliver patient and...

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...

More Patient Access to Payer Coverage Closes Health Disparities

by Sara Heath

Medicaid expansion has helped low-income, minority, and cancer patients access health payer coverage and closed some health disparities, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) Annual...

Engaging All Stakeholders in the Culture of Community Health

by Sara Heath

Creating a community health program — a county farm to table project or subsidized housing system — is not something healthcare organizations and their partners are required to do. And yet as healthcare begins to extend beyond the...

Addressing Language Barriers in Patient-Provider Communication

by Sara Heath

Meaningful patient-provider interactions are at the heart of a valuable clinical encounter, allowing providers to fully engage patients in the healthcare experience. But in an increasingly diverse healthcare industry, language barriers and limited...

3 Stakeholders Driving Patient Engagement in the Pharmacy

by Sara Heath

Low rates of medication adherence has brought the importance of supporting patient engagement in the pharmacy to the forefront. As patients continue to struggle to stick to treatment plans, clinicians assume most of the responsibility of motivating...

What Patient Complaints Say About the Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

Individuals undergoing outpatient cancer care tend to report complaints about the patient-centeredness of their care more than the quality and safety of their care. This offers unique insight into the cancer patient experience, according to a...

Racial Disparities Limit Health Equity in Pain Management

by Sara Heath

Racial disparities may prohibit full health equity in surgical recovery care and pain management, according to research from Johns Hopkins Medicine. In a retrospective analysis of over 600 colorectal surgery patients, the research team, led by...

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...

Assessing Online Symptom Searches, Patient Self-Diagnosis Habits

by Sara Heath

Amidst the push for more patient engagement in healthcare, an adverse consequence has arisen: patients often use digital resources for online symptom searches and to develop their own self-diagnosis, which may not always be accurate. Well-meaning...

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