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Family, Caregiver Engagement HIT Opportunities Can Improve

June 28, 2017 - 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 700 unpaid family caregivers, 42 percent said that health IT plays a minor role in their duties as a patient caregiver, and 28 percent said technology...


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What Drives Patient Trust in Online Medical Info Sources?

by Sara Heath

Trustworthy patient-facing websites have the power to drive more patient education in the healthcare space. Usability, simplicity, and author authority all drive patient trust in online medical information sources, according to recent research....

4 Steps to Successful Patient Portal Adoption, Integration

by Sara Heath

Between regulatory requirements and calls for stronger patient-centered care, patient portal adoption has become an integral part of a healthcare organization’s health technology suite. Patient portals are an important regulatory requirement,...

New Tool Assesses Teen Patient Health Literacy in 30 Seconds

by Sara Heath

Pediatric clinicians can now assess adolescent patient health literacy in under 30 seconds using a new tool developed by researchers from the University at Albany. Created by Jennifer Manganello, PhD, MPH, the tool addresses a knowledge gap about...

Self-Management Tech Better for Wellness than Chronic Illness

by Sara Heath

Tablet-based self-management tools might not be successful in improving specific chronic illnesses, but they do have an effect on overall patient wellness, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. In a randomized...

VA Tool Shows Vets Healthcare Access, Care Quality Information

by Sara Heath

The VA Health Administration has launched an online quality of care and healthcare access tool to empower patients with more information to make better treatment choices. The tool allows patients to view and compare various aspects of healthcare...

Shared Decision-Making Reduces Cardiac Admissions from the ED

by Sara Heath

Shared decision-making tools can cut cardiac admissions in the emergency department by empowering patients and clinicians to make more informed choices about their care, according to research published in the British Medical Journal and discussed...

Digital Weight Loss Tools Improve Patient Engagement, Adherence

by Sara Heath

Healthcare providers have long struggled with engaging their patients in weight loss, finding that most efforts are unsuccessful and have low adherence rates. A multi-faceted patient engagement platform may help improve this issue, shows a recent...

How Patient Education Tools Improve Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Empowering and engaging patient education tools are at the core of any meaningful chronic disease management program that succeeds in encouraging individuals to take the actions necessary to achieve their healthcare goals. At Centura Health,...

How Can Wellness Programs Improve to Boost Patient Motivation?

by Sara Heath

Understanding what motivates patients to improve their health and wellness remains a long-standing challenge for providers. Investigating patient wellness programs may be key to understanding the truth behind patient motivation. Two recent studies,...

Do Online Patient Education Tools Improve Senior Healthcare?

by Sara Heath

Online patient education tools are important platforms to help enhance senior health and patient education, shows a new study published in JMIR Human Factors. According to the research team, led by Anthony J. Levinson, MSc, MD, FRCPC, many of...

How Patient Portal Assessments Can Improve Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

Patient portals may be an effective tool for facilitating patient engagement and subsequent patient wellness, but there are several adjustments technology developers can make to these tools to make them even more useful  for patient and...

More Face-to-Face Interaction Is Key to Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

More face time with patients is a top patient engagement strategy, while mHealth tools are not, says a recent survey from the New England Journal of Medicine. The survey, administered between February and March of this year, gleaned insights...

Patient Engagement Interventions Boost Shared Decision-Making

by Sara Heath

Interventions targeting patient and provider behaviors are notably effective in improving provider communication and shared decision-making, says a recent study published in Health Affairs. The study, conducted by a research team led by Ming...

How Patient Portals Can Produce Revenue Cycle Benefits

by Sara Heath

In order to accrue financial benefits from implementing a patient portal, healthcare organizations must understand how their customers want to use the technology and why it’s important to keep the tool patient-centered. As risk-based payment...

Health IT, Internet of Things Devices Boost Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement and the devices, tools, and communications systems that support it have become some of the most important concepts in the healthcare space. By carefully implementing and directing the use of patient portals, medical devices,...

Patient Portal Adoption Rates Hinge on Age, Ethnicity

by Sara Heath

When it comes to patient portal adoption rates, age and ethnicity seem to make a difference. In a recent study out of Kaiser Permanente Northern California, researchers Nancy P. Gordon, ScD, and Mark C Hornbrook, ScD, found that older patients...

Online Patient Engagement Tools Improve Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Online patient engagement tools such as patient portals play a significant role in increasing patient engagement in chronic disease management and preventative care, according to researchers from Kaiser Permanente of Southern California....

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