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mHealth Games Offer a ‘Fun’ Way to Boost Patient Engagement

mHealth games and gaming technology have the potential to improve patient engagement and boost clinical outcomes – if only people would take them seriously. “The word ‘game’ has always been a serious barrier,” says Beth Bryant, of Games for Health, a Portland, Me.-based group acquired by the Personal Connected Health Alliance and HIMSS in 2014. “For a long,...


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The Evolving Role of mHealth in Medication Management and Adherence

mHealth offers many unique methods for helping patients take their medicine. And with a healthcare industry seeing non-adherence rates of as high as 50 percent and annual costs of between $100 billion and $300 billion, doctors are taking notice....

Examining the Rocky Road to Telehealth Parity

Telehealth advocates have long argued that online and digital healthcare should be treated the same as in-person healthcare. But the call for parity isn’t so simple. Parity in telehealth is approached on two levels: Service and payment....

The Benefits and Challenges of Telehealth for Specialists

Telehealth’s potential has always revolved around bringing the doctor to the patient, no matter where each are located. While the concept most often applies to acute or primary care providers, its success is often more visibly demonstrated...

Factors Behind the Adoption of School-based Telehealth

Telehealth is changing how schools deliver healthcare services for both students and staff. Gone are the days when the school nurse would sit in a tiny room near the principal’s office, administering Band-Aids and aspirin and babysitting...

Telehealth Reimbursement and Its Interstate Licensure Problem

Telehealth’s great promise lies in allowing a doctor to treat a patient no matter where each are located. One of the biggest challenges to that platform is licensing. A clinician must apply for a license in each state in which he or she...

Potential for Healthcare Kiosks in Improving Care Delivery

Kiosks are all the rage in retail and service industries, but can healthcare kiosks make a difference for providers and patients? The simple answer is yes, if done right. They give healthcare providers a chance to collect data and automate tasks...

How Nighttime Telehealth Services Can Improve Overnight Care

In hospitals across the country, the image of the solitary doctor making midnight rounds is changing, thanks to telemedicine. That doctor now sits in front of a tablet, laptop or desktop computer, perhaps at home or even in another country. And...

The Impact of BYOD on Healthcare Providers and Hospitals

While BYOD was thought to have begun around the same time that patients started bringing their smartphones into the hospital, its relevance is driven by doctors who have their own preference for devices. Back in the “good old days,”...

Is There a Difference between Telemedicine and Telehealth?

Today’s healthcare ecosystem is filled with references to and examples of telemedicine and telehealth – in some cases, the two terms are used interchangeably. Whether they mean the same thing is a topic of considerable debate. In...

Finding a Place for Real Time Location Systems in Healthcare

Roughly ten years ago, PeaceHealth installed a real time location system (RTLS) platform to help track nurses and equipment in the three-state Pacific Northwest health system. Since then, officials say, the health system has cut its “doctor...

Physician Perspectives on Benefits of mHealth Adoption, Use

Whereas the bigger networks and health systems may have the resources for mHealth adoption, those in a much smaller environment have to make do with less — or be more creative. To try to understand how independent and small practice doctors...

Using Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) for Healthcare Data Security

HITInfrastructure Healthcare is going mobile and clinicians are utilizing more advanced devices as they cut their cords. But as staff members move around more freely, how can providers ensure that their patients’ protected health information (PHI) stays...

Leveraging Group Purchasing for Hospital Supply Chain Management

RevCycleIntelligence Good things may come in small packages, but hospitals and health systems on the smaller end of the spectrum oftentimes face higher hospital supply chain costs because of their size. Larger hospitals and health systems tend to have more power...

Patient Engagement Strategies for Post-Discharge Follow-Up Care

PatientEngagementHIT Follow-up care after the discharge process is an important part of improving patient outcomes. In order to successfully guide patients through their recovery, providers must employ the same patient engagement strategies that have been proven...

Utilizing Cloud Computing for Stronger Healthcare Data Security

HealthITSecurity As healthcare providers continue to make the switch to digital records and implement EHR capabilities, being able to store information offsite is becoming more important. The digital data also likely needs to remain accessible from multiple locations,...

Best Practices for Value-Based Purchasing Implementation

RevCycleIntelligence The value-based purchasing boat is leaving the dock and providers can either choose to board and shift their care delivery and reimbursement methods to align with the push for value or be left behind. Value-based purchasing made a splash as part...

Healthcare Data Storage Options: On-Premise, Cloud and Hybrid Data Storage

HITInfrastructure Healthcare organizations are building their IT infrastructures to be more flexible and scalable to meet the growing data demand. With value-based incentives for data analytics and the increased number of connected medical devices constantly collecting...

Can Application Programming Interfaces Inspire a Better EHR?

HealthITAnalytics Almost everybody can recall being told the stories of Archimedes in the bath and Isaac Newton under the apple tree experiencing spontaneous moments of ingenuity and inspiration that irrevocably changed how scientists – and everyone who...

Top Strategies for Collecting Patient Financial Responsibility

PatientEngagementHIT Patient financial responsibility – or the amount of out-of-pocket healthcare costs patients incur – has been increasing in recent years, presenting a new foil to the patient experience. Providers must both adjust to consumer-centered...

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