Good communication between providers and their patients is the cornerstone of high-quality healthcare.

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Topics: Mobile, mhealth, Text Messaging, Patient Journey

Technology has revolutionized patient-to-provider communication in the U.S. From texting to video chat, providers can exchange pertinent information using a variety of different mobile tools and mediums.

However, providers looking for a cost-effective but efficient communication method should opt for text-based platforms over mobile apps. While mobile apps are popular, they’re more expensive and are experiencing low rates of adoption, and they’re less effective for healthcare providers than tried-and-true texting options. Here are a few reasons why texting is the right communication tool for healthcare providers.

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Topics: Population Health, Patient Compliance, Text Messaging, Patient Journey

Reducing hospital readmission rates is a major priority for U.S. healthcare organizations.

According to MedPage Today, one in seven Medicare patients can expect to be readmitted into a hospital within a month of having been released from surgery. In order to reduce readmission rates and improve surgical recovery, healthcare providers should concentrate on boosting communication efforts with recovering patients.

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Topics: Population Health, Prep and Recovery, mhealth, Text Messaging, Patient Journey

Thanks to cutting-edge breakthroughs in medical technology, Americans now live longer than ever before. In fact, recently the average American’s life expectancy increased to 78.8 years—a new record. However, as the nation’s overall life expectancy continues to rise, our elderly population is also steadily growing as well. As of 2014, there were over46.2 million people aged 65 or older in the U.S. By 2060, that number will jump to 98 million. Currently, people over the age of 65 make up 14.5 percent of the population, but by 2040, that percentage will grow to 21.7 percent. 

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Topics: Population Health, Mobile, Text Messaging, Patient Journey

This week, Ken Saitow, president and CEO of CareWire, was featured as a contributing writer for McKnight’s, a publication recognized as the pre-eminent magazine for long-term caregiving professionals.

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Topics: Mobile, mhealth, Patient Journey