October 22, 2014
Springfield, Illinois-based Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) has launched a pilot program to examine how nurses and physicians can integrate the Apple Watch into the medical group's Advanced Medical Home program.
HSHS' Advanced Medical Home program, which has a total of 1,100 patients, uses nurse navigators to offer specialized care to high-risk patients with chronic diseases. While the...
September 24, 2014
Eighty four percent of patients said they should be able to use technology to help their doctors make a diagnosis, while 69 percent of physicians said patients should use such tools to help them form a diagnosis. That's according to a recent survey from WebMD. In a follow up, the survey asked physicians if patients should self-diagnose using technology, to which only 17 percent of physicians said...
July 25, 2014
Over the course of the past decade the concept of an accountable care organization (ACO) has come to define a variety of healthcare provider setups that have primary care as a core focus, payments tied to care quality improvements, and an incentive for lower costs. These models have long been held up as ideal contexts for the flourishing of digital health tools. While not all ACO systems are...
July 22, 2014
Fogg speaking at SXSW last year
Retail pharmacy company Walgreens is bolstering its rewards program by training some of its pharmacists and online customer reps in Stanford psychologist and mobile health expert Dr. BJ Fogg's behavior change methodology, called Tiny Habits. Over the years Fogg has had considerable influence in mobile health through his advisory services to industry, published...
June 24, 2014
Source: IDC Health Insights
Health payers should look to the retail industry to improve their consumer health engagement strategies, a new paper from IDC Health Insights argues.
"It is important to differentiate between consumer engagement and marketing," IDC's analyst Deanne Kasim writes. "The overall objective of engagement is to drive behavior change and personal accountability. By contrast...
December 16, 2013
The "e-patient" movement seems to be accelerating. At the beginning of 2013, patient advocacy group the Society for Participatory Medicine hired its first-ever executive director. As the year draws to a close, a new book shows how engaged and empowered patients have been successful in "care hacking" the convoluted healthcare system and suggests how developers of digital technologies can prosper...
December 19, 2012
Convenience is one of the major value propositions offered by digital channels like text messaging and email for patient engagement. Often these channels are more readily usable for both patient and provider. It's not just about convenience, though. New survey data from health texting provider TeleVox says 34 percent of American adults are more honest about their medical needs through automatic...