patient engagement

By Neil Versel 01:57 pm November 28, 2012
A new company from Center for Connected Health (CCH) Director Dr. Joseph Kvedar will take a stab at the difficult task of engaging consumers in their own health by studying the missteps of others and attempting to simplify the processes of education and motivation. Kvedar and business partners, including self-help author Carol Colman and integrative medicine practitioner – and former personal...
By Jonah Comstock 07:21 am November 8, 2012
The recent Pew Internet Project study reported that only 9 percent of American adults use texting to get health updates, although 80 percent use text messaging. As app adoption stagnates, some start-ups, like California-based HealthCrowd, are hitching their wagon to mobile messaging, including text messaging, rather than apps, as the future of patient engagement. “There are too many apps out...
By Jonah Comstock 12:50 pm November 5, 2012
Independence Blue Cross (IBC), a Pennsylvania insurance company announced the launch of a WebMD Digital Health Assistant to their member's portal Friday. The software will provide IBC members with an interactive wellness program, combining an online health risk assessment with a digital coach that will give daily tips, and also allow the user to set personal goals and track their progress in...
By Neil Versel 04:45 am November 1, 2012
We've heard talk for years about patient engagement, but not a whole lot of real progress. Mobile technologies are about to change that, with a substantial boost from Stage 2 of the "meaningful use" EHR incentive program. To meet Stage 2 requirements, starting in 2014 (or the second year after initially getting to Stage 1),  providers must share patient records with affiliated hospitals and...