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Next-Gen Patient Engagement: Here and Now

Next-Gen Patient Engagement: Here and Now

When it comes to communication technology in healthcare, there is no generation gap.  It’s being used by everyone, whether they realize it or not. The barriers, real and perceived, are crumbling. Communications technology in healthcare, allowing patients to choose how and when to communicate, has evolved to become tools of engagement, participation and activation.  To improve health outcomes, communication plays a key role in patient engagement. But it is the “qua...
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Patient Activation: LifeWIRE Use Cases

Patient Activation: LifeWIRE Use Cases

Patient engagement encourages patient participation, and patient participation encourages patient activation. These are stages in the patient’s partnership in healthcare, with each stage contributing to improving clinical outcomes. It’s about shared decision making.To empower patients for shared decision making, he/she needs to be actively involved. To make a partner out of patients, he/she needs to be able to take independent actions pertaining to health and care. That willingness, ...
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Patient Participation: The Power Shift in Healthcare

Patient Participation: The Power Shift in Healthcare

Where medical paternalism ends, patient empowerment begins - but “patient power” only thrives in a healthcare ecosystem where patients are co-producers of health.  Better-informed patients participate and are more involved in their own health. It takes meaningful patient engagement to do that. With healthcare’s power shift to the consumer, Gartner, a global research group, advised healthcare and life science CIOs “to lead digital efforts to improve engagement.&r...
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Rx: Telehealth for Physician-Patient Relationship

Rx: Telehealth for Physician-Patient Relationship

When patients require help wherever and whenever they need it, healthcare services need to be available and accessible. Along with interaction, context and content, this is core to defining patient experience. The use of technology in delivering care becomes desirable for doctors, and a preferred option by patients, and is the call that Telehealth answers.  Telehealth has increased patient access to care, with Telehealth Index: 2019 Physician Survey showing the adoption of telehealth b...
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Supporting Healthy Communities Through Telehealth

Supporting Healthy Communities Through Telehealth

During the recent National Health IT Week (September 23 to 27),  the need to expand access to telehealth services was underscored as a critical component of supporting healthy communities.  Among the points of engagement for the nationwide action week was demonstrating the power of IT to transform health in the U.S. and around the globe. Aside from the need to expand access to broadband and telehealth, other actionable outcomes include advancing public and population, modernizing ...
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Patient Communication vs Patient Engagement

Patient Communication vs Patient Engagement

Relationships are built on communication and engagement. To engage, you must communicate. To communicate, you must engage. In doctor-patient relationship, this is not a question of the “chicken or the egg.”  They are both essential in a patient-centered care. The patient can be communicating but not really engaged in his healthcare, or can be engaged but not truly communicating. As the healthcare system is evolving, it does, and will, require increasing clinical produc...
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3 Essentials in Communicating Care

3 Essentials in Communicating Care

With many health systems now adopting telehealth services, aside from proven engagement outcomes, the highest security standards become the minimum requirement.  Technology is used to connect the patients and the healthcare team, to retrieve, store, transfer or share patient data digitally all from a multitude of sources. So physicians need to be confident that the system is secure, and patients should have faith in the system that they are protected. Patient safety is about preve...
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How a Patient Engagement Platform Supports PTSD Treatment

How a Patient Engagement Platform Supports PTSD Treatment

By: Howard Rosen, LifeWIRE CEO      and William D. Harms, LifeWIRE Director of ResearchPost Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is quite unique. It is unique because it isn’t a single defined malady such as a ruptured organ, but instead a combination of symptoms (affectations) uniquely intertwined in each of its victims.  The exact combination for each individual comes from a much larger list of possible symptoms, and each may be manifest in different combination...
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Beyond Rx, What Doctors Say About PTSD

Beyond Rx, What Doctors Say About PTSD

Any traumatic experience from a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster, or other serious events, can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Studies show that suicide risk is higher with those suffering from PTSD, making effective treatment key to management and recovery. According to the Mayo Clinic, the primary treatment for PTSD is psychotherapy, as well as medication. Psychotherapy - or “talk therapy” - in various types can help the individuals...
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Telehealth Check-Up in the Continuum of Care

Telehealth Check-Up in the Continuum of Care

How have information and communication technologies, such as online, digital and mobile devices, figured in the wider spectrum of patient care?  The use of these technologies to access and support health care services, also known interchangeably as telehealth, digital health, or mhealth depending on the device, draws strength from the power of communication and information. These serve patients and clinicians differently but with a unified objective, to provide better and more eff...
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