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Chronic ailments are a critical health issue in the United States - from diabetes to asthma, millions of Americans suffer from chronic conditions. While there is no cure for many of these diseases, proper and consistent treatment is the key to managing the symptoms allowing individuals to live long, productive lives. An engaged patient - one that knows what to do and when to do it - is the key ingredient to managing chronic conditions. Healthcare organizations need to make engaging and activating these patients a top priority. One communication channel that must be part of any chronic condition management strategy is text messaging. Here's a brief examination of the role texting can play in managing chronic ailments.

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Topics: mhealth, Text Messaging, Medication Adherence, secure text messaging

Recently, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study focused on the trends relating to the use of technology and digital health care services among Medicare beneficiaries between 2011 and 2014.

The authors conclude that “digital health is not reaching most seniors.” Understandably, this conclusion is getting a lot of attention and reinforcing the notion that seniors are not ready to engage through digital channels.

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Topics: Population Health, Mobile, mhealth, Text Messaging, Medication Adherence, Senior Citizens

Medication adherence is an increasingly critical issue in the United States. For example, according to the American Medical Association, patients do not take their medications about 50 percent of the time. In fact, the data shows that almost one quarter of prescriptions are never even filled. Medication non-adherence is a significant contributor to avoidable health care costs in this country, and most health care professionals agree that increasing medication adherence will not only save billions of dollars but also improve outcomes.  

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Topics: Population Health, Medication Adherence