Patient engagement &portals

Industry VoicesThe future of digital health depends on how well it improves patient engagement

Portals, apps and other innovations create a stronger personal connection between provider and patient. But the success of digital health ultimately relies less on advanced technology than on whether or not it improves an individuals health and their ability to engage in their own health, Spectrum Health COO Tina Freese Decker writes for FierceHealthcare.

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GetWellNetwork Integrates Tech to Help Providers Optimize Patient Engagement

Research shows that patients who are engaged and satisfied with their care are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital 30 days after discharge. Yet for many organizations, such engagement remains a struggle.Improving engagement is the goal of GetWellNetwork, a Bethesda, Md., company that develops solutions specifically designed to optimize the patient experience, says

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Patient portal use and hospital outcomes

ObjectivesTo determine whether use of a patient portal during hospitalization is associated with improvement in hospital outcomes, 30-day readmissions, inpatient mortality, and 30-day mortality.Materials and MethodsWe performed a retrospective propensity scorematched study that included all adult patients admitted to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, from August 1, 2012, to July 31, 2014, who had

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Study shows patient portals have no impact on hospital readmissions or mortality

New research out of the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville finds that patient portal usage has almost no impact on 30-day readmissions or mortality. But the researchers noted that portals may be better suited for chronic conditions, while better education, more pervasive adoption and mobile access could influence engagement.

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