Commonwealth Fund

By Jonah Comstock 03:18 pm August 3, 2016
Are digital health tools reaching the populations that need them the most? That was the question that concerned two recent publications: a small study of patients with low health literacy conducted by the Commonwealth Fund, and a research letter published in JAMA looking at digital health usage by a cohort of 7,000 seniors over four years. The Commonwealth Fund study observed 26 low-income...
By Jonah Comstock 10:52 am May 27, 2015
Focus group data from the Center for Health Care Strategies Digital health is one of the biggest areas of opportunity to help low income populations and, in the process, reduce costs for providers that treat Medicaid populations. But challenges hold it back, including available apps that aren’t up to snuff, and a system for validating digital health interventions that’s somewhat lacking. That...
By Jonah Comstock 09:49 am May 14, 2015
A 2013 survey released this week from the Commonwealth Fund shows that use of mobile health interventions at the time was low among urban and rural community health centers and clinics for a variety of reasons. The Commonwealth Fund reached out to nearly 1,000 centers and received responses from 230, of which 181 were included in the final analysis. "[U]sing technology to promote patient-...
By Brian Dolan 06:56 am October 9, 2014
The Commonwealth Fund published a report recently focused on how those working to bring digital health services to market can help such technologies overcome the market barriers they currently face. The firm's writers defined digital health as "tools as those that can be used in health care to compress large amounts of information (e.g., words and images) on small storage devices for easy...
By Neil Versel 03:05 am November 12, 2013
Propeller Health's respiratory management platform Mobile apps for clinical management have tremendous potential to help providers and patients to manage chronic ailments together and to expand access to care. However, lack of interoperability with electronic health records, a dearth of outcomes research as well as concerns about reimbursement, regulation and individual privacy are standing in...