Patient Portal 2.0: How HealthEast Gets Meaningful Engagement From a Patient Portal

Posted by Todd Smith, MD on Feb 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM

By now it seems that every hospital has a patient portal. But is everyone—hospitals and patients alike—using them to their full potential? According to one survey, many patients still don’t know their providers offer portals. As providers, we also depend on getting patients to visit their portals to initiate patient-provider communication. When used well, portals help hospitals engage patients and meet Meaningful Use requirements. The challenge is in how to make good use of your patient portal.

HealthEast Care System was determined to use our portal to improve health outcomes through proactive, consistent health information that patients could access anywhere. Here’s how we did it.

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Topics: Meaningful Use, Patient Education, Quality of Care, Patient Outcomes, Guest Blog, Pregnancy Education, Digital Patient Engagement, Patient Provider Communication, Patient Portals, Health Care Interoperability, HealthEast Care System, Innovation, Customers

7 Easy Ways to Help Doctors Connect With Patients

Posted by Betsy Weaver, Ed.D. on Sep 16, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The concept that it takes seven interactions—or “touches”—before a person becomes a customer is well documented in the marketing industry. Less is written about how this can apply in a healthcare setting. 

In this era of value-base care, patients are synonymous with customers, and engagements are the new touches. Unlike in marketing—where a touch can simply drive a sale—a touch in healthcare can really impact patient outcomes and the cost of care, build patient satisfaction and confidence and make patients feel involved in their care.

Surely, it’s time to start taking the theory of seven touches into the healthcare realm. I’ll start by offering seven easy ways you can engage/connect with/touch patients. 

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Topics: Patient Education, Patient Outcomes, Value-Based Care, Patient Provider Communication, Cost of Care, Patient Satisfaction, Patient Activation Measure

Keeping Patients More Informed About Their Care

Posted by Betsy Weaver, Ed.D. on Sep 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM

A recent study in Pediatrics suggests that patients (in this case, mothers) are not receiving consistent information and advice from their providers—Maternal Report of Advice Received for Infant Care (Eisenberg et al, August 2015)

“Mothers commonly report receiving either no advice or recommendation inconsistent advice from each of the four sources we studied [doctors, birth hospital nurses, family, and media] regarding immunization, breastfeeding, sleep position, sleep location and pacifier use.”

Before you brush off this data as just an attack on overworked nurses and doctors who are drowning in paperwork and EHR integration, I’d like to offer a different perspective.

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Topics: Patient Education, Quality of Care, Digital Patient Engagement, Patient Provider Communication

What Does Patient Engagement Really Mean?

Posted by Betsy Weaver, Ed.D. on Aug 27, 2015 11:00:00 AM
With the proliferation of patient engagement technology phrases such as patient education, patient activation and patient/provider connections have increasingly become meaningless. They now mean everything and, therefore, nothing.
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Topics: Patient Education, Digital Patient Engagement, Value-Based Care, Patient Provider Communication, Patient Activation Measure

You Can’t Improve What You Don’t Measure

Posted by Betsy Weaver, Ed.D. on Jul 29, 2015 11:47:00 AM

Why is it so hard to understand—and apply—this concept?

With good information (i.e., reliable data) that is easily accessible, you have the power to change the world. Well, perhaps not the entire world, but your own part of it!

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Topics: Return on Investment, Patient Education, Patient Outcomes, Digital Patient Engagement, Patient Provider Communication, Patient Activation Measure

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