PatientEngagementHIT

Patient Engagement Tools

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...

Wellness Coordinators Deliver Patient Outreach in Rural Areas

by Sara Heath

Employing wellness coordinators is an effective strategy for increasing patient outreach and supporting widespread preventive care in rural areas, according to research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family...

Charitable mHealth Apps Increase Patient Engagement, Tool Use

by Sara Heath

Not every mHealth app is well-suited to increase patient engagement for every patient population, but one new tool out of the University of Southern California (USC) has proven effective for the charitable-minded. The tool, detailed in a...

Knowledge Gaps in Pharma Services Limit Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

Knowledge gaps about pharmaceutical patient services are keeping healthcare providers from recommending useful services to patients and also limit patient engagement with these services, according to an Accenture survey. The survey of...

Better Practice Operations Vital to Improve Patient Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

Clinician office wait times are down by five minutes from last year, highlighting a focus on better practice operations, patient flow, and patient satisfaction, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). The annual MGMA...

How Housing Support Addresses the Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

Housing insecurity is a critical social determinant of health, demanding the attention of healthcare industry professionals, according to a new guidebook from the American Hospital Association (AHA). The report specifically focuses on...

AHA Playbook Details Community Healthcare Partnerships

by Sara Heath

The AHA’s Health Research & Education Trust (HRET) has released a playbook detailing how healthcare organizations can create community healthcare partnerships to drive continuous patient engagement and an overall culture of...

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...

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...

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 &...

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...

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...

Price Transparency Tools Receive Tepid Patient Reactions

by Sara Heath

When it comes to price transparency tools and shopping around for healthcare services, patients are not entirely sold, according to qualitative research published in the American Journal of Managed Care. As patients face higher...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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