Patient Engagement

Patient-Generated Data: Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

January 28, 2015     David Raths
Some clinicians are already taking advantage of patient-generated health data in their practices, but they are outliers. How long will it be before that type of integration is a regular aspect of clinical work flow? And what will it take to get there?

A New Twist on the Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Trend

January 27, 2015     Gabriel Perna
In North Carolina, one doctor believes in the direct-to-consumer telehealth trend but not if it's a random doctor. Kevin Biese, M.D. explains in this Q&A why this kind of telehealth should be done within the confines of a health network.

Paul Tang’s New-Century Challenge: Time to Start Treating Patients Like People

January 26, 2015     Mark Hagland
At iHT2-San Diego, an appeal to healthcare leaders to begin thinking about person-centered healthcare—and to begin to think about the implications of the concept for care delivery going forward

The Work on OpenNotes Will Continue Thanks to Grant Funding

January 23, 2015     Gabriel Perna
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), in Boston, has received a grant of $450,000 from The Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit organization, also in Boston, to develop and improve a patient engagement initiative.

Top Ten Tech Trends: Taking Consumer-Generated Health Data to the Next Level

January 22, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
We have now entered the world of patient-generated health data (PGHD), an emerging concept that was covered in last year’s Top Ten Tech Trends, but has since evolved. The question is, is the healthcare industry ready to take PGHD to the next level?

Designing PHRs with Accessibility in Mind

January 22, 2015     David Raths
Because they are high-volume consumers of health care, people with disabilities would benefit greatly from accessible personal health records. The Accessible Designs for Personal Health Records project set out to design a prototype.

Top Ten Tech Trends: Direct-to-Consumer: Alternative Methods of Telehealth Take Hold

January 21, 2015     Gabriel Perna
When Google does something, the rest of the world notices. The powerful tech giant has that kind of influence, whether it is in search, mobile, or some other kind of software service. Thus, when the company launched a “direct-to-consumer” telehealth service,...

Top Ten Tech Trends: Making Sense of an Onslaught of Data in Public Health

January 21, 2015     John DeGaspari
Historically, public health has been viewed as something of a poor stepchild when it comes to the billions of dollars in investments that have been aimed at transforming clinical care. Public health funding continues to be an issue, and the capabilities of...

Carolinas HealthCare Links Portal, Health Tracker Data

January 19, 2015     David Raths
The Carolinas HealthCare System is working to bridge the gap between all the new health trackers in the consumer space and the clinical data people access through their patient portal.

Patients Rarely Learn of At-Home Provider Quality Data

January 12, 2015     John DeGaspari
The typical hospital case manager has little information to provide about home health agencies for discharged patients, even though state and federal quality reports are available on the Web, according to a recent study by Brown University in Providence, R.I.

WebMD, Walgreens Launch Virtual Health Wellness Tool

January 9, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Walgreens and WebMD Health Corp. have launched a virtual wellness-coaching program to help and incentivize consumers to make healthier choices at home, work and on-the-go.
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