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What Limits Digital Health Use in Chronic Care Management?

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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 implementation...

Assessing Online Symptom Searches, Patient Self-Diagnosis Habits

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Amidst the push for more patient engagement in healthcare, an adverse consequence has arisen: patients often use digital resources for online symptom searches and to develop their own self-diagnosis, which may not always be accurate. Well-meaning...

Top Tips for Successful Patient Portal Secure Messaging

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Secure messaging via the patient portal has presented a new frontier for patient-provider communication. What was previously discussed via telephone calls or during in-person follow-up appointments can now be done digitally, helping to streamline...

Charitable mHealth Apps Increase Patient Engagement, Tool Use

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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 recent...

3 Best Practices for Shared Decision-Making in Healthcare

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Delivering meaningful patient engagement requires that patients play a key and active role in their own healthcare. As a part of that effort, healthcare professionals are increasingly looking to integrate shared decision-making into patient engagement...

How Race Affects Patient Activation Impact on Hospital Readmission

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High patient health literacy leads to better patient activation and reduces the likelihood of preventable hospital readmissions, according to a group of researchers from Boston University. However, racial disparities exist, emphasizing a need...

How HIPAA Regulations Can Encourage Caregiver, Family Engagement

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Being a patient does not have to be a solo experience. Many patients benefit from caregiver and family engagement - and many providers encourage collaborative decision-making.   While HIPAA regulations exist to secure the rights of...

Does Patient Portal Secure Messaging Prompt More Office Visits?

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Patient portals have long been championed as the new and innovative strategy for improving patient engagement and access to quality healthcare. Patients can communicate with their providers about health concerns using secure messaging and become...

Low Broadband Access Stunts Patient Portal Use, Health Equity

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Limited broadband access quells patient portal use and health equity, underscoring broadband as a key social determinant of health, according to research published in JAMIA. Healthcare professionals have long praised patient portals as the catalyst...

4 Pros and Cons of Digital Patient Health Data Access

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Patient health data access is a generally accepted patient engagement strategy that helps to empower patients through improved health literacy and integration into the care team. Healthcare providers are acting on patient data access, with nearly...

Following Patient Portal Adoption, Patient Activation is Key

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New York City Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H) is among the majority of health systems enjoying the patient-centered benefits of patient portal adoption. Now, the health system is facing its latest challenge – getting more patients enrolled...

Nurses Focus on Patient Education, Dispelling Misinformation

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Nurses are finding themselves on the frontlines of patient education efforts, helping to teach patients about health conditions, improving patient health literacy, and working to dispel misinformation patients may have retained through online...

GAO Comments on HHS Efforts to Drive Patient Portal Use

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HHS should re-evaluate its campaigns to drive patient portal use and access to health data, said a Government Accountability Office (GAO) representative in the agency’s Watchdog Report blog late last week. The blog post featured GAO healthcare...

How mHealth Apps Drive Patient Behavior Change, Motivation

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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 Medical...

AHIMA Form Standardizes Patient Health Data Access Requests

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The American Healthcare Informatics Management Association (AHIMA) has released a standardized model for patient health data access requests in an effort to streamline the process, according to an organization statement emailed to journalists....

Why Patients Value Patient Portal Health Data Access

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Patients enjoy having patient portal health data access because it allows them to take ownership of their own care, makes them feel empowered as partners in their treatments, and helps them detect and identify errors their providers may have...

Patient Engagement Tools Create Administrative Simplification

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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 simplification....

Reports Note Uptick in Hospital Patient Engagement Technology

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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 & Health Networks...

ONC Offers Improvements for Patient Medical Records Requests

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Healthcare organizations must develop and communicate clear protocol for patient medical records requests, according to the ONC. In a recent report, the agency explained that although patients can view their health data via the patient portal,...

OpenNotes Launch Gives 500K Patients Access to Health Data

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Allina Health has officially launched OpenNotes, allowing its nearly 500,000 patients access to health data and clinician notes. The health system serves individuals in Minnesota and Wisconsin and is the first in the area to adopt the OpenNotes...

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