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Health IT Design Improvements for Patient Health Literacy

November 2, 2015 - Communication is essential to effective patient engagement, but patients historically have had little input into how providers present information to them. The latest work on patient health literacy by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) looks to bridge information gaps between providers and patients. The division within the Department of Health & Human Services...


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How to Improve Patient Engagement in the Provider Community

by Vera Gruessner

Patient engagement strategies have been heavily discussed in the media and among the vendor community, but digital participation on both the provider and patient side has been meek at best. The latest report from Chilmark Research on the patient...

FDA Takes Hands-Off Approach to More mHealth Technologies

by Jennifer Bresnick

The FDA wants mHealth technologies that promote patient engagement to flourish without undue regulation that might stifle adoption and innovation, say FDA representatives in a new blog post. The FDA has released finalized guidance stating that...

Cerner, athenahealth work on EHR integration with HealthKit

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While Apple is openly denying claims of physical flaws one of its new products (#bendgate), it is playing things close to the vest regarding its partnership with EHR companies not named Epic Systems for integration with the newly unveiled HealthKit....

Mid-year in 2014, $2.3B in mHealth funding tops 2013 total

by Jennifer Bresnick

Digital health companies are scooping up investments at a record-breaking rate, according to the latest report by Rock Health, with the $2.3 billion raised so far in the first half of 2014 topping the entire previous year.  The 168% year-over-year...

FDA won’t regulate medical device data systems, image storage

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released guidance stating that it has no intention to regulate medical device data systems (MDDS), medical image storage devices, and medical image communication devices “due to the low risk they pose...

mHealth must be usable for patients, integrated with EHRs: Q&A

by Jennifer Bresnick

As patients continue to adopt mHealth technologies like wearable activity trackers, home monitoring equipment, and smartphone applications tailored to chronic disease management and health research, patient-generated health data (PGHD) is becoming...

Tablet use improves home health, care coordination at Sutter

by Jennifer Bresnick

The use of small form-factor tablets by home care nurses is aiding in care coordination and data access at Sutter Health’s Care at Home program.  A case study presented by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)...

Personal Connected Health Alliance to bring mHealth worldwide

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), a collaboration between HIMSS, Continua Health Alliance, and the mHealth Summit, officially launched this week with a mission to bring wearable health tracking devices, mHealth apps, mobile sensors,...

mHealth use is widespread, but patients aren’t sharing data

by Jennifer Bresnick

Plenty of patients are embracing mHealth as a way to track their daily activities, diets, and vital signs, but they are unlikely to share that data with their physicians unless specifically asked, says a new mobile health survey from Mobiquity. ...

Senators to FDA: Where is mHealth, medical device certainty?

by Jennifer Bresnick

A bi-partisan group of Senators has written to the FDA to ask for certainty and clarification about rules relating to mobile health devices and medical devices.  In a March 18 letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, Senators Michael...

Google Glass is making a convincing case for healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

All right, let’s face it.  It’s kind of hard not to make fun of the goofy look that Google Glass gives its early enthusiasts.  It’s almost as awkward as those weird guys who kept carrying around giant portable phones back in the early...

Are we close to widespread mHealth adoption?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Since smartphones first hit the market, vendors and developers have been talking up mobile health as the wave of the future: the key to patient engagement, simple chronic disease management, and better communication between patients and providers...

How is health IT improving approaches to patient engagement?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient engagement is a popular concept, but it is not at all a new one by any means. Top healthcare organizations have made engaging patients an important aspect of their business for decades. However, the emergence of new technologies and growing...

Do mHealth apps targeting cancer live up to their promises?

by Jennifer Bresnick

When a physician says the word “cancer” to a patient, it’s usually one of the worst moments of that patient’s life.  Frightened about the future and unsure of what to do, he or she is increasingly likely to turn to a smartphone in order...

What obstacles might undermine the promise of mHealth?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Given the rise in smartphone users and proliferation of mobile applications, what is preventing mobile health (mHealth) technology from having a greater impact in the years to come? According to Harry Greenspun, MD, the answer to that question...

VA pilot brings together mHealth and EHRs for better care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Through its focus on mobile technology and patient-centric features like the Blue Button Initiative, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proven itself a leader in the difficult task of getting patients to engage with their providers on...

mHealth groups: Put patient generated data in Stage 3 MU

by Jennifer Bresnick

A number of mHealth groups including the American Telemedicine Association, HIMSS, and the Center for Data Innovation are pushing for the inclusion of patient-generated data as a feature in Stage 3 of Meaningful Use.  In a letter to the Health...

65% of patients think mHealth would keep them healthier

by Jennifer Bresnick

mHealth might be the motivation patients are looking for in order to stick to recommended diet, exercise, and wellness guidelines if a poll by the Center for Connected Health holds true among the majority of Americans.  With 65% of the 2000...

Why new coordinated, mobile primary care models could work

by Sponsored Content

As each new health tech incubator, hackathon, and innovation conference claims that the next “healthcare fix” is just a single start-up idea away, many physicians simply roll their eyes. For years, physicians have heard empty promises...

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