PatientEngagementHIT

Patient Engagement Technologies

Targeted Approach Key for Older Adult Patient Portal Adoption

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations need patient portal adoption campaigns tailored to older patients to create a more robust portal buy-in, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. This is necessary regardless of a patient’s...

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...

Convenient Telemedicine Access Reduces Travel, Healthcare Costs

by Sara Heath

Convenient telemedicine can save patients time and money, with these services producing over $100 in travel time cost savings, according to experts from the University of California Davis. Researchers, led by Chief of the UC Davis Division of...

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...

Clinical Trial Finder to Boost Patient Participation in Trials

by Sara Heath

The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) has launched a brain tumor clinical trial finder to help boost patient participation in treatment development. Brain tumor clinical trials have seen limited patient engagement in recent years, likely because...

Patient Portal Use Lagging Despite Strong Provider Support

by Sara Heath

Although most healthcare organizations offer patients access to their individual health records, less than one-third of patients look at that data on the patient portal, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO)....

Overcoming Engagement Barriers to Shared Decision-Making

by Sara Heath

Despite industry calls for better shared decision-making, patient engagement barriers make that goal easier said than done. In a recent paper from the Baylor College of Medicine, author J.S. Blumenthal-Barby explains that shared decision-making...

How Patient Portal Use Improves Business in Specialty Groups

by Sara Heath

Finding an effective use for the patient portal may not be instinctual in acute specialty settings. After all, patients don’t always need a follow-up appointment in some of these settings, and many patients aren’t accessing health...

Telehealth Boosts Patient Care Access, But Not Cost Savings

by Sara Heath

Telehealth may improve patient access to healthcare services, but service over-utilization due to easier access may actually increase healthcare costs, according to a study published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. Telehealth access...

Digital Patient Education Tools Improve Procedure Prep Process

by Sara Heath

Digital tools are helpful in driving patient education in procedure preparation, helping to reduce the number of necessary repeat procedures in patients undergoing their first colonoscopy, shows a study published in the American Journal of Medicine....

Patient Education Improves Diabetes Self-Management Outcomes

by Sara Heath

Self-management programs that include patient education and participant input are helpful in driving outcomes in chronic care management, shows a recent case study on diabetes care published in the American Journal of Managed Care. At a family...

Retail Consumer Experience Key in Consumer-Driven Healthcare

by Sara Heath

Just like retail industries have to cater to shoppers’ needs, healthcare organizations must focus on patient experience in order to thrive in an increasingly consumer-driven landscape. Increasingly, out-of-pocket patient costs are rising...

How Health Payer Communication Boosts Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Patient care access and preventive treatment are hallmarks of meaningful patient engagement. However, due to insufficient health payer communications with other stakeholders, patients are often left in the dark about whether or not their payers...

mHealth Use Hinges on Patient Perceptions of App Efficacy

by Sara Heath

Even when mHealth apps have high usability ratings, patients still might not use them due to their own personal barriers, shows a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. According to the researchers, this highlights...

Health Data Exchange Falling Short of Patient Expectations

by Sara Heath

Patients think health data access between multiple disparate providers is critical to quality healthcare, according to a recent survey, but that reality is not yet realized. The survey, conducted by Humana subsidiary Transcend Insights, found...

Patients Seek More Support with Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Ninety-one percent of patients say they need more help with chronic disease management, but their healthcare providers are not delivering all the services they would like, according to a recent survey conducted by Kelton on behalf of West Healthcare....

Collaboration, Health IT Boost Pediatric Medication Adherence

by Sara Heath

Kidney transplant patients often struggle with low levels of medication adherence, a problem that can put some patients at risk of rejecting their new organ. At Cincinnati Children’s, that problem is exacerbated in pediatric and adolescent...

Internet Familiarity Tied to Patient Digital Health Literacy

by Sara Heath

Patients who use the internet more tend to have higher digital health literacy, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. As healthcare professionals continue to turn to digital health to improve patient...

Patients Want More Access to Telehealth, mHealth Treatment

by Sara Heath

The pressure is on for providers and health payers to increase access to digital and telehealth tools as patients demand more technology use, says a recent Accenture survey. In the survey of 1,500 adult respondents, 78 percent said they are interested...

How Can Healthcare Professionals Define Patient Engagement?

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement is a widely used buzzword throughout the healthcare industry, but for too long has been only that – a phrase with little tangible definition. But coming to an industry-wide consensus on the meaning and scope of patient...

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