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Patient Engagement Technologies

VR in Healthcare Reduces Patient Fears, Ups Care Experience

July 26, 2017 - In a hematology clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Amy Dunn, MD, can administer an intravenous treatment to one of her pediatric patients with hemophilia, completely fear-free. This care experience is thanks to virtual reality (VR) in healthcare, which can make needle sticks in children less stressful and maybe even – dare we say it – fun. VR has not only helped enhance...


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How mHealth Apps Drive Patient Behavior Change, Motivation

by Sara Heath

mHealth apps targeted toward weight loss must leverage strong educational features to help frame patient attitudes regarding healthy eating to drive patient behavior change and motivation, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical...

Why Patients Value Patient Portal Health Data Access

by Sara Heath

Patients enjoy having patient portal health data access because it allows them to take ownership of their own care, makes them feel empowered as partners in their treatments, and helps them detect and identify errors their providers may have...

Patient Engagement Tools Create Administrative Simplification

by Sara Heath

Although many patient engagement tools center on activating patients in their own care, there are some emerging technologies that also streamline the patient experience. More efficient patient interactions may also lead to administrative simplification....

Reports Note Uptick in Hospital Patient Engagement Technology

by Sara Heath

US hospitals and health systems are increasingly adopting patient engagement technology to enhance their care quality and drive outcomes, according to two separate reports from the American Hospital Association’s Hospital & Health Networks...

ONC Offers Improvements for Patient Medical Records Requests

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations must develop and communicate clear protocol for patient medical records requests, according to the ONC. In a recent report, the agency explained that although patients can view their health data via the patient portal,...

OpenNotes Launch Gives 500K Patients Access to Health Data

by Sara Heath

Allina Health has officially launched OpenNotes, allowing its nearly 500,000 patients access to health data and clinician notes. The health system serves individuals in Minnesota and Wisconsin and is the first in the area to adopt the OpenNotes...

Patient Portal, Secure Messaging User Opinions Evolving

by Sara Heath

Even seasoned patient portal users need more direction using various tool functions, primarily secure messaging, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The researchers set out to determine how experienced...

Exploring Basic Patient Engagement Technology, Health IT

by Sara Heath

As healthcare takes a digital turn, it will be important for industry professionals to understand basic patient engagement technology. Health IT is a core aspect of federal incentive programs, and is becoming the future for patient activation...

Interactive Patient Systems Emerge as Engagement HIT Trend

by Sara Heath

Health technology giants Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation haven’t been able to displace any of the niche vendors in the interactive patient systems (IPS) technology sector, according to a recent KLAS report obtained via email. IPS are...

Family, Caregiver Engagement HIT Opportunities Can Improve

by Sara Heath

Health technology plays a limited role in family caregiver engagement because caregivers have little need and are unable to identify which tools to use, according to recent data from the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI). In a survey of...

Managing Online Patient Reviews to Drive Patient Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

Online patient reviews are a significant concern for healthcare organizations. Online review websites are on the rise and are arguably a key measure of patient satisfaction, giving patients ample opportunity to provide feedback to the clinics...

Using OpenNotes for Positive Impact on Patient Data Access

by Sara Heath

It is difficult to discuss patient portals and patient data access without mentioning OpenNotes. OpenNotes was created in 2010 to allow patients to view their clinician notes using health technologies such as patient portals. Since then, OpenNotes...

Debunking 3 Common Patient Engagement Myths

by Sara Heath

Numerous and often conflicting patient-centered care strategies have given rise to a number of patient engagement myths. More healthcare experts than ever are espousing their patient care knowledge, leading to nebulous assertions about which...

OpenNotes Sparks Patient-Centered Mental Health Treatment

by Sara Heath

OpenNotes and patient data access have caused a shift toward patient-centered mental health treatment that providers are acutely aware of, according to recent research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. OpenNotes – the...

77% of Patients Want Access to Virtual Care, Telehealth

by Sara Heath

Patient demand for virtual care and telehealth access is high despite some provider viewpoints, according to recent data from the Advisory Board. The Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey, which included over 5,000 patients across the country,...

Patient Engagement Requirements by Private, Public Payers

by Sara Heath

Although patient-centered care relies on positive patient-provider relationships, various private payers and public insurers face differing patient engagement requirements. Providers may see different incentive payments based upon a patient’s...

3 Steps to Improving Appointment Scheduling for Patients

by Sara Heath

Ensuring seamless appointment scheduling for patients is a critical part of getting patients in the office door and engaging with their healthcare. However, healthcare organizations are falling short on this front, highlighting a need for appointment...

Health Consumers Want Digital Patient Payments from Providers

by Sara Heath

Payers and providers should consider adopting digital patient payments to meet increasing consumer demand in healthcare, according to a recent InstaMed report. The 2016 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report surveyed thousands of consumers,...

Time, Personnel Issues Top Patient Engagement Strategy Barriers

by Sara Heath

Time is a significant patient engagement strategy barrier for 63 percent of healthcare organizations, according to a recent NEJM Catalyst survey. The survey of 555 healthcare executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians, targeted barriers to...

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