mHealth & Patient Engagement News

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Time to check-in on the news and trends impacting both patient engagement and the mHealth industry so far in 2015.

Is 2015 the Year of Patient Engagement?

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While patient engagement and satisfaction was a popular trend in 2014, evidence is mounting that these will be even more important themes to the healthcare industry this year.

Creating Meaningful Digital Experiences for Patients

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At Smart Clinic we are big proponents of digital communication in and around the doctor’s office. mHealth and other forms of communication, like medical devices, can both increase overall efficiency and help everyone get more out of the office visit.

Helping ACOs Drive Patient Engagement

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ACOs have seen some positive news in the past few years as a healthcare business model that uses coordinated care to improve overall patient health and reduce costs. While the model is promising, we tend to agree with some of the points in this Becker’s story from last year.

Reminding Patients to Schedule an Office Visit

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We thought this MedCity News story on the rising costs of diabetes was an interesting breakdown of both the costs of diabetes and how important it is for patients who suffer from chronic disease to be engaged with their health and proactively schedule appointments with their healthcare providers.

Helping ACOs Overcome Obstacles to Success

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This Healthcare Informatics blog post is an interesting overview of results from the past year of the Pioneer ACO program and past two years of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) as published by the Center for Medicaid and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Why 1% of Patients Account for 22% of Costs

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A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that in 2012, 1% of patients accounted for over 22% of the $1.35 trillion in healthcare expenditures. And just 5% of patients accounted for 50% of total expenditures.

Overcoming Barriers to Patient Compliance

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A recent MedCity story highlights an interesting take on patient compliance and barriers that prevent recovery. It highlights a study that found only 20% of overall health outcomes are impacted by clinical care.