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There has never been a time in which community health centers have had greater opportunities to reach out and engage with a patient population that could greatly benefit from continuous engagement and communication. Electronic patient engagement tools such as patient portals, health apps, text messaging services and other social networking technologies have ushered in a more sustainable and varied number of channels of activation and engagement. On top of this, the price of mobile communication technologies has decreased enough to the point where it is affordable even within underserved populations. Despite these opportunities, the challenge remains considerable due to a variety of socio-economics issues that have traditionally limited the ability to sustain care to underserved populations.

The challenge before health centers now is to leverage these new messaging channels effectively and safely without overly increasing the burden of adoption for their patients. Within this guide a framework has been developed for bridging the gap between the promise of electronic engagement and the special conditions of the community health center setting. The guide provided below builds off the framework first outlined in the article "A Multidimensional View of Personal Health Systems for Underserved Populations". This new and updated guide addresses the new technologies, policies, and organizational challenges that health centers are dealing with and provides strategies for effective adoption and decision support tools for determing best methods of deployment.

Electronic Patient Engagement Evaluation Framework

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.

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Acknowledgements

This resource collection was cultivated and developed by Thomas A. Horan, PhD, Dean of the School of Business at the University of Redlands, California and the HITEQ team with valuable suggestions and contributions from HITEQ Project collaborators.

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