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Low Health Literacy Costly for Payers, Health Plan Simplification Needed

September 13, 2018 - Low patient health literacy costs US healthcare payers nearly $4.8 billion in administrative costs each year, suggesting a need for health plan simplification, according to a new report from Accenture. While it is important for healthcare professionals to ensure patients are knowledgeable and engaged enough to interact with the medical and payer industry, it is also incumbent upon...


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Can Clinicians Test Patient Health Literacy in Patient Portal Use?

by Sara Heath

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School have developed a tool to help healthcare professionals test digital patient health literacy, as reported in a new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet...

Patient Recall Suffers as Patients Remember Half of Health Info

by Sara Heath

Patients only remember about 49 percent of the information their doctors give them without prompting, highlighting shortcomings with patient recall that can negatively impact patient activation, shows a study out of Brown University School...

Nurses Must Be Involved in Patient Health Literacy Support

by Sara Heath

The American Academy of Nursing is calling on nurses to better support patient education and patient health literacy as a part of the organization’s annual policy brief. “Health literacy is a precursor to health and...

Patient Advocacy Group Creates Patient Education Tools for MS

by Sara Heath

Patients living with multiple sclerosis (MS) can now access a comprehensive set of patient education materials geared toward enhancing patient activation. The new set of patient education tools, called MS Path 2 Care, are sponsored by...

How VR Can Boost Individualized Patient Education, Care Experience

by Sara Heath

A new virtual reality tool at Boston Children’s Hospital aims to take patient education into the future by delivering children and their parents an individualized and immersive patient experience. In partnership with patient...

Using NLP to Improve Patient Portal Use, Patient Health Literacy

by Sara Heath

Natural language processing (NLP) is a viable solution for patient portal use, a process that is often limited by low patient health literacy. NLP needs to be employed judiciously, with considerations for suboptimal term linking and...

Patient Education for Radiology, Imaging Exams Insufficient

by Sara Heath

Patients and family caregivers are not receiving adequate patient education and preparation prior to an imaging exam, according to research from the Radiology Society of North American (RSNA). The research, published in the journal...

How to Incorporate Family Caregivers in Chronic Care Management

by Sara Heath

During chronic care management and other health episodes, the role of the family caregiver is increasingly recognized and incorporated into care plans. Many healthcare organizations are tapping family members to inform their treatment...

Health Org Offers Patient Education Tools for Brain Tumor Therapy

by Sara Heath

The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) has created a set of patient education tools and initiatives to help equip brain tumor patients and their family caregivers with the information necessary to make informed healthcare...

Simple Patient Education Tools Key for Correct Opioid Disposal

by Sara Heath

Straightforward and actionable patient education tools increase the likelihood that a patient will dispose of her left-over pain medications properly, according to a new study published in Journal of the American College of...

Using Patient Education to Enhance ICU Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

The ICU is a scary place for patients and their family caregivers. Patients are a mess of wires and medications, facing what is often a life-threatening condition. Providers are working to treat patients to save their lives in a way that...

Simpler Medical Language Key for Patient Portal Lab Result Notes

by Sara Heath

Systems to simplify medical language in patient portal lab result notes need an overhaul, concluded a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. These systems, known as natural language processing (NLP), can be effective...

Optimizing Patient and Family Education Resources for the ICU

by Sara Heath

An integrated, centralized, and digital platform is best suited for patient and family education efforts within the intensive care unit (ICU) and for overcoming patient barriers to obtaining key ICU information, according to a recent study...

mHealth Games Can Improve Patient Education about Health Payers

by Sara Heath

mHealth games may help support patient education about health payers and insurance plans, helping to close a gap in patient understanding, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Patient understanding...

How NLP Improves Patient Understanding of Patient Portal Notes

by Sara Heath

Natural language processing (NLP) has proven an effective strategy for translating clinical terms into lay-language, thus improving patient understanding of patient portal notes, according to research published in the Journal of Medical...

How to Test Digital Health Literacy in Older Adult Patients

by Sara Heath

Administering digital health literacy assessments via the telephone presents an opportunity to understand older patient internet use and online health information seeking, according to a recent study in the Journal of Medical Internet...

How Do Patients Define Quality on Health Information Websites?

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals must understand patient preferences for quality with regard to online health information websites, according to a group of Saint Louis University researchers. Understanding how patients find online health...

Education, Clear Healthcare Navigation Next Steps in Patient Care

by Sara Heath

Industry professionals must find ways to meet patient preferences by making healthcare navigation easier and more convenient, according to a recent survey from United Healthcare. The survey of over 1,000 adult patients revealed that...

Public Health Pros Use Twitter for Patient Education Messages

by Sara Heath

Public health professionals are using Twitter to spread patient education and informative messages, leveraging the platform to communicate with an otherwise hard-to-reach audience, according to data published in the Journal of Medical...

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