PatientEngagementHIT

Patient Engagement Technologies

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...

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...

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...

Low Broadband Access Stunts Patient Portal Use, Health Equity

by Sara Heath

Limited broadband access quells patient portal use and health equity, underscoring broadband as a key social determinant of health, according to research published in JAMIA. Healthcare professionals have long praised patient portals as the catalyst...

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...

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...

Wayfinding Apps Lead the Way to Positive Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

When Katie Logan began at Piedmont Health as vice president of experience, she was tasked with moving past traditional patient satisfaction measures and uncovering specific and positive patient experience improvements. Logan’s efforts led...

Following Patient Portal Adoption, Patient Activation is Key

by Sara Heath

New York City Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H) is among the majority of health systems enjoying the patient-centered benefits of patient portal adoption. Now, the health system is facing its latest challenge – getting more patients enrolled...

FDA Plans First Patient Engagement Advisory Committee Meeting

by Sara Heath

The FDA has set a date for its first Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) meeting, according to an agency blog post. Kathryn O’Callaghan and Jeffery Shuren, MD, JD, wrote that the meeting will take place on October 11 and 12 and...

Using Patient Outreach to Spark Success in Bundled Payments

by Sara Heath

As bundled payments become mainstays in the healthcare’s shift to value-based care, health organization leaders are working to identify top strategies for success. Tapping into key patient outreach strategies helps practices in risk-based...

VR in Healthcare Reduces Patient Fears, Ups Care Experience

by Sara Heath

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)...

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...

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