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Providers Poised to Adopt New Patient Engagement Strategies

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A new wave of patient engagement strategies may be approaching now that digital communication tools have become more common, according to recent survey results published in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst. The poll of more than  350...

Two-Way Communication Improves Cancer Patient Engagement

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Care planning and bidirectional communication initiatives may be helpful for improving patient engagement for cancer survivors, according to a study published in JMIR Cancer, but these programs may be difficult to implement and often fail to...

Ridesharing Services May Drive More Patient Healthcare Access

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Ridesharing services could play a big role in improving patient healthcare access by making it easier for patients to get to their doctor’s appointments. As more individuals gain healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act and subsequent...

VA Leader Promises Patient Care Access, Scheduling Improvements

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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald is defending the agency once again, restating its commitment to improve patient care access  and timely appointment scheduling for veterans. Following President Obama’s...

How Telehealth, Convenient Care Improve Patient Experience

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At Nemours Children’s Health System, improving the patient experience has always been about providing convenience and quality to pediatric patients and their families. That’s why the health system, which covers a large patient population...

New AMA Mapping Tool to Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

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A new geographic mapping tool from the American Medical Association could help providers identify underserved regions, enabling them to boost patient access to healthcare. According to a press release, the mapping tool is an improved version...

How Text Messaging Can Transform Patient-Provider Communication

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At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, patient-provider communication is a key part of driving patient engagement. Text messaging may be crucial to pushing that even further. Through a web of patient communications technologies, Cedars-Sinai employees...

Can Online Articles Improve Patient Education, Engagement?

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Informational blogs and research summaries can be useful in improving patient engagement and patient education, shows a recent study. The study, led by researcher Anthony J. Levinson, MD, centered on the blog posts included in the McMaster Optimal...

The Latest mHealth Deals Driving Patient Engagement Efforts

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mHealth is a growing phenomenon in the healthcare industry, perhaps because it serves patients where it is easiest for them. Because they are convenient, mHealth tools are well-suited for patient engagement strategies. Studies show that mHealth...

3 Key Strategies for Supporting Patient Self-Management

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Patient engagement strategies are necessary for an in-depth and productive care encounter, and they are also important for inspiring lasting patient self-management habits. When patients are fully engaged in their healthcare, they are more likely...

How Health IT Drives Pediatric Patient Engagement Strategies

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Healthcare technology may be the key to improving patient engagement, but what happens when the patient is a child? Pediatric patient engagement strategies, while very important, are more complicated than strategies for adult patients. As a result,...

How Poor mHealth App Usability Limits Patient Engagement

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mHealth apps might not be all they’re chalked up to be, especially in the realm of patient engagement and chronic disease management. In a data brief published by the Commonwealth Fund, researchers explain how most mHealth apps have low...

How Can Wellness Programs Improve to Boost Patient Motivation?

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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,...

88% Favor Expanded Use of Nurse Practitioners in VA Facilities

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Eighty-eight percent of Americans support a new proposed rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) allowing nurse practitioners to practice at the top of their licenses in an effort to expand patient access to care. According to a press...

Can Medicaid Packages Help Boost Patient Engagement?

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Boosting patient responsibility for their own healthcare – particularly financial responsibility – may have a positive effect on patient engagement levels. In a first-year analysis of Indiana’s Medicaid program, Healthy Indiana...

Financial Incentives May Not Always Drive Patient Engagement

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Could financial incentives drive better patient engagement and care outcomes? Probably no, says one recent study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, led by researchers at Columbia University’s...

3 Creative Patient Engagement Strategies Improving Patient Care

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While patient portals and secure messaging systems often get positive reviews from the healthcare industry for their abilities to involve patients in their healthcare, new and innovative approaches are also helping to improve patient engagement....

How VA Handles Problems Related to Patient Access to Care

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seemingly always under the microscope regarding a practice issue. Recently, the agency has been under fire for problems in facilitating patient access to healthcare. But what exactly are the care access...

Can Digital Communication, mHealth Boost Patient Satisfaction?

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Although there is a high rate of patient satisfaction with primary care providers, there is still room for improvement with regard to digital communication and patient engagement technologies, one survey shows. The survey, conducted via Harris...

Do Patient Engagement Programs Improve Addiction Treatment?

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Interactive patient engagement programs focused on overall health education show promise for helping patients manage their addiction treatment, research from Kaiser Permanente Northern California shows. The study, published this month in JAMA...

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