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What Drives Patient Trust in Online Medical Info Sources?

June 26, 2017 - 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. Online information sources have become a mainstay in the healthcare industry. Patients are consulting websites such as WebMD and other clinic-based...


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ONC Adds Patient Education Materials to Patient Portal Guides

by Sara Heath

ONC has partnered with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) to instruct clinicians in adding patient education materials into the patient portal.  The two agencies collaborated to add ODPHP’s myhealthfinder...

The Difference Between Patient Education and Health Literacy

by Sara Heath

Patient education and health literacy are two key concepts in patient engagement and chronic care management. Healthcare experts strive to improve patient health knowledge, asserting that knowledgeable patients are more engaged in shared decision-making...

Using Tech to Drive Patient Medication Education, Adherence

by Sara Heath

A noncompliant patient is not always the root of medication non-adherence. Instead, lacking patient medication education can keep patients from understanding their medications, causing adherence errors along the way. What is the medication dose?...

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...

4 Patient Education Strategies that Drive Patient Activation

by Sara Heath

As meaningful patient engagement continues to be a core priority for healthcare professionals, clinicians need a thorough understanding of patient education strategies. Ensuring patients are knowledgeable about their healthcare is the surest...

Patient mHealth App Use Marks Motivation for Healthy Behaviors

by Sara Heath

Patient mHealth app use is a key indicator of motivation for health behavior change, which is an important step in chronic disease management, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. mHealth apps have proven...

Patient Support Groups Drive Medication Adherence, Empowerment

by Sara Heath

Patient support groups are a helpful strategy for improving patient health literacy and empowerment, ultimately leading to better health decisions and improved medication adherence, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed...

Better Assessments Needed for Patient EHR Note Readability

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals need a better metric for testing patient readability for EHR notes, especially as patients gain more access to their health data via clinician notes and the patient portal, says a recent study published in the Journal...

Accuracy, Usefulness of Patient eHealth Literacy Assessments

by Sara Heath

With the increasing mHealth and other health IT use to support patient engagement, healthcare professionals are focused on assessing the ability for patients to access, use, and apply knowledge from these tools — otherwise known as patient...

Patients Call for Better Info, Education on Cancer Treatments

by Sara Heath

Oncologists and other cancer clinicians need to offer more information and education regarding innovative cancer treatments to both patients and caregivers, helping to drive more informed decision-making, according to a recent survey from the...

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...

Patient Education Reduces Costs, Boosts Asthma Outcomes

by Sara Heath

Community-based patient education programs can help improve asthma management, resulting in better patient knowledge of their condition, lower healthcare utilization, and lower overall healthcare costs, according to a recent study published in...

Five Best Practices for Improving Patient Health Literacy

by Sara Heath

Strong patient health literacy is key for improving patient engagement, but it does not occur in a vacuum. Instead, providers should assess and understand outside variables that affect health literacy, such as practice-wide interventions, policy...

How Digital, Health Literacy Drives mHealth Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

mHealth and other digital health technologies have emerged as viable tools for facilitating patient engagement. However, in order to ensure these technologies contribute to meaningful chronic disease management, patients need high health and...

How Patient Data Access, Education Improve Patient Safety

by Sara Heath

Adverse patient safety events continue to plague the healthcare industry, with government agencies reporting as many as one in ten patients experiencing harm during treatment. And as patient safety becomes tied to the overall patient experience,...

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 Patient Engagement, Education Can Improve Medication Safety

by Sara Heath

Strong patient engagement and education strategies may be useful for improving medication safety, according to a recent ONC report. The report, which centers on medication ordering within the EHR, suggests that while technology usability can...

Patient-Provider Communication Strategy May Boost Education

by Sara Heath

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new guide for patient teach-back strategies, which could improve patient education and provider communication. During patient teach-back, providers explain patient medical conditions,...

How Social Media Can Improve Public Health, Patient Education

by Sara Heath

Understanding online discussion trends may be helpful in disseminating patient education and public health messages about mental and behavioral health via Twitter, found a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association....

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