Doing Patient Engagement For The Wrong Reasons Doesn’t Work

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I recently came across an interview with Stephen Beck, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) at Catholic Health Partners. Dr. Beck was being interviewed on the subject of patient portals and patient engagement. Here’s a quote from that interview. “While we have many enrolled patients in our patient portal, it’s not simply the enrollment but […]

Engage Your Patients And Members Where They Are…Not Where You Wish They Were

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Not long ago, Lloyd Dean, president and CEO of the San Francisco-based health care-system Dignity Health announced the Dignity Health and Box Patient Education App Challenge. In the course of the announcement, Dean is quoted as saying: “We recognize the immense potential that (health information) technology has to enhance our patients’ care and overall experience.” […]

3 First Principles For Evaluating Patient-Facing HIT Solutions

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With the HIMSS13 Conference next week we can expect to hear a lot about how health information technology (HIT) and e-Health is expected to challenge and change the way health care now and in years to come.  To be sure great strides have been made in the adoption of electronic medical records, decision support, and […]

Patient Portals – What Do Patients Really Think About Them?

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There seems to be an inverse relationship between the amount of spin one hears about “the next big thing”…and reality.    First it was EMRs and virtual e-visits, then social media, and now patient portals seem poised to be next big thing.   The drumbeat of vendors and pundits is unmistakable….physician that don’t adapt will be toast.   […]