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Patient engagement and positive outcomes go hand-in-hand—it is hard to have one without the other.

When providers work to keep healthcare consumers engaged, the consumers respond in kind: they become actively involved in their respective treatments and do their best to adhere to prescribed treatment plans and stay informed. In fact, when healthcare consumers are fully active in the treatment process, hospitals end up saving time and resources.

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Topics: Mobile, mhealth, health IT, Patient Satisfaction

Text messaging is a proven communication channel that is recognized in study after study for being an effective way to engage patients, change behavior, and improve outcomes.

Despite these results, there is a tendency to dismiss text messaging as a strategic communication and engagement tool within healthcare. Providers often express concerns that texting is not HIPAA compliant, their patient population does not text, and the utility of texting doesn’t extend beyond appointment reminders.

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Topics: Text Messaging, secure text messaging, digital health, mhealth, health IT, healthcare, hipaa

The PopHealth Week Internet radio show focuses on the emerging Population Health issues, trends and key developments. Fred Goldstein (@fsgoldstein), CEO Accountable Health, LLC and Gregg Masters, MPH (@2healthguru), Founder and CEO Health Innovation Media serve as principal co-hosts of each show and tap thought leaders, entrepreneurs and academicians pioneering the continued development (both practice and theory) of this emerging space and any derivative plays they in turn stimulate. 

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Topics: secure text messaging, digital health, health IT, Population Health, mhealth