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Resource Overview

Patient portals, health apps, and the other various personal health information technologies provide great opportunities for increasing patient activation and engagment with their health and their ability to successfully navigate their healthcare system. Furthermore, an increasing number of studies are finding positive outcomes related to the use of these patient-centered tools. While these findings are encouraging, it is still important to assess the effectiveness and fit of these new tools and services when using them to engage a Health Center's community. Effective evaluation can help determine whether a tool is good or bad or simply not the right fit for a particular cohort of patients. In order to determine why a tool is successful or not requires an understanding of the technical, social, and clinical factors that may impact the way a patient interacts with the technology.

The evaluation tools within this resource set provide examples of different measurements that can be used to assess the value and effectiveness of electronic patient engagement tools and services.

Evaluation of Engagement and Satisfaction Resources

Community Health Center Adoption Framework for Electronic Patient Engagement

Methods for deploying more personalized care to underserved populations

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The introduction of electronic personal health records (PHR) systems, and the patient portals used to provide patients access to those records, into the fabric of the U.S. healthcare system provides a major opportunity to encourage positive health management practices, such as chronic disease management and increased care plan adherence, through greater engagement of the patient.  

Unfortunately, there is still a broad gap between the effective use of PHR technologies where advanced health information services are perhaps most needed, especially within the underserved communities supported by community health centers. This guide provides health centers with an adoption framework that can be used to assess the goals and methods for deploying electronic patient engagement services.

Beyond the Patient Portal

A Chilmark Advisory Service video and report

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This Chilmark Research report discusses challenges to current patient portal systems which may help health center leadership better understand why or why not they are encountering issues when trying to effectively engage their clients with patient portal systems.

This video may also provide insights to various technologies that health centers may consider adopting to further achieve patient activation and engagement goals.

Developing a Framework for Evaluating the Patient Engagement, Quality, and Safety of Mobile Health Applications

A report from the Commonwealth Fund

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This report from the Connonwealth Fund provides researchers and organizations with methods for evaluating effectiveness, safety, quality, and opportunities to better engage patients in self-management of their health.

The domain of patient engagement within mobile health was defined as "the ability for apps to enable collaboration, activation and participation, information-sharing, and decision-making in one’s own health."

 

Patient Activation Measure

Methods for measuring patient activation and engagment

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Patients experience difficulty in managing their health due to a multitude of reasons.  Through use of consumer health information systems and services (CHISS)  it is hoped that patient’s feelings of control over their health will increase. In order to evaluate the level in which patients feel engaged or activated the study patient survey tools such as the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) can be used to understand the effect that CHISS are having on a health center's population.  

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Acknowledgements

This resource collection was cultivated and developed by the HITEQ team with valuable suggestions and contributions from HITEQ Project collaborators.

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