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How Technology Shapes Patient Engagement

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Monday, 29 June 2015 15:54

From wearable devices to telehealth and patient portals, emerging new technologies are paving the way for greater patient engagement, and enhancing the way that patients manage their own health. With a nudge from Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentives programs for Stage 2 of meaningful use, providers have also started looking for ways they can better communicate with patients.

Benefits of Patient Engagement:

Through the coordinated effort and buy-in from providers and patients, we can begin to see improved health outcomes, reduced costs and other benefits. Some of the benefits of better patient engagement include:

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The Evolution of Population Health

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Monday, 29 June 2015 15:10

What does population health mean to you?

Population health, according to the American Journal of Public Health is defined as: the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. These outcomes include mortality and health-related quality of life. Even though population health is a broad term, it is the responsibility of everyone --- from the patients themselves to the hospitals, clinics and care facilities, pharmacies, physicians and support staff, caregivers, public health agencies and policy managers. All of these individual components play a part in a patient’s overall health, and thus can have an impact on health outcomes.

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New Technologies for Home Healthcare

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Friday, 22 May 2015 00:29

Implementing HIT in the Home Healthcare Setting:

As we discussed in a recent article on telemedicine, advances in information technology can also benefit the home health services industry. For patients who want access to physicians and services, but have limited access due to physical or geographic restraints, home health care offers a convenient alternative to face-to-face visits. Home health can also benefit individuals recovering from surgery, or even those with mental or physical disabilities.

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Overcoming Integration Challenges for Rural Health Organizations

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Friday, 22 May 2015 00:06

CoreTech Revolution’s Michelle Burton will be presenting at next month’s Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) Spring Conference on the topic of “Understanding True Electronic Health Record (EHR) Integration for Healthcare.” As a supplement to that presentation, we’ll outline in this article the current state of the rural health community, as well as how organizations can work together toward EHR integration and interoperability for the benefit of all.

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Understanding Telemedicine

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 19:13

Telemedicine involves the use of telecommunication and IT (using the Internet, wireless, satellite and telephone media) to provide health care services from a distance. Its use can help eliminate location or time-based patient barriers while improving overall cost and effectiveness of care. More than 40 years ago, hospitals practiced telemedicine when they offered care to patients in remote areas. Today, telemedicine has spread rapidly within specialty departments, home health care and private practices, as well as with consumer engagement through the use of advanced technology.

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