patient engagement

By Bill Siwicki March 24, 2017
UCHealth in Denver tested CareLoop’s real-time social feed of information and messages and found that 96 percent of patients responded well to the experience. The feed, which is akin to Facebook for emergency departments, delivers messages from caregivers, questions from patients, test results, explanation of care delivered, what to expect next and more. This way, patients have a live feed giving...
By Jonah Comstock March 22, 2017
VitalTrax, a Philadelphia-based startup focused on patient engagement in clinical trials, has received a $150,000 seed investment. It is the first investment from a new $6 million digital health fund, launched this past December, led by Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Safeguard Scientifics, and Independence Health Group.  "With its strong leadership and dedication to consumerizing the...
By Bill Siwicki March 20, 2017
Care coordination is critical to the success of population health efforts as it brings all of the moving parts of healthcare together on the same track. Care Managers at Northwell Health, New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals and more than 550 outpatient facilities, are constantly in motion, tasked with digging into EHRs, compiling data, while also...
By Jonah Comstock March 15, 2017
The FDA is considering the creation of an Office of Patient Affairs, focused on soliciting the perspectives of patients and taking those insights into account as it sets regulatory policy. The move grows out of a provision in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), signed into law by President Obama in 2012. FDASIA instructs the HHS secretary to  "develop and...
By Jack McCarthy March 6, 2017
Patient expectations about the power of digital health records are well ahead of the ability of healthcare providers to keep up, according to a new survey. The report, by Transcend Insights, Humana’s population health management company, found that a vast majority of patients (97 percent) believe it is important for any health institution, regardless of type or location, to have access to their...
By Heather Mack February 28, 2017
As innovative as some of the newer devices that capture health metrics may be, applying the word “fun” to their use may be a stretch. But Cigna, in partnership with Microsoft, wants to change that with the introduction of a new digital health tool called the BioBall: a handheld, electronic orb that works with a virtual reality headset to guide users through an interactive game while measuring a...
By Heather Mack February 28, 2017
The power of social media for spreading information, creating community and growing business is undeniable, and it has also proven to be a valuable tool in healthcare in instances like sharing resources between research organizations, taking a pulse on consumers’ experiences with a new device, or recruiting participants for a clinical trial. But how do healthcare practitioners approach the...
By Heather Mack February 28, 2017
By necessity, people who are living with a chronic condition are more familiar with the healthcare system than those who are not. As a natural extension of that relationship, these same people are also more in tune with the technology available to improve their engagement with their health, a new poll from health IT company CDW Healthcare shows. Building on last year’s efforts to examine what’s...
By Heather Mack February 23, 2017
Delivering personalized healthcare to a patient population of over 3 million is no easy feat. But Geisinger Health System was up for the challenge and approached it like any other large-scale organization looking to create tailored interactions with each person their system serves would: through customer relationship management (CRM) technology. “What I mean is taking individual preferences,...
By Heather Mack February 22, 2017
It may be more challenging to make healthcare consumer-focused and tech-enabled than other industries, but that doesn’t mean some of the same design and usability sensibilities that work so well in other services can’t be applied.     In a panel discussion moderated by MobiHealthNews Editor Jonah Comstock at the Digital and Personal Connected Health forum at HIMSS 17 in Orlando this week,...