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

Remote Patient Monitoring, Electronic Patient Engagement, and mHealth Apps Explainer

Considerations for Health Centers Selecting Tools: Remote Patient Monitoring, Electronic Patient Engagement, and mHealth Personal Apps

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Although health centers have more options than ever to use electronic tools to engage patients in care, selecting those that most effectively further the goal of providing high-quality and efficient patient care is challenging. In this explainer, we consider three types of tools that health centers may invest in: Remote Patient Monitoring, Electronic Patient Engagement, and mHealth Personal Apps. By understanding what they are and how they are implemented, their advantages and disadvantages, and how they align with value-based care and the clinical workflow, health centers can choose the suite of tools that best serve their patient needs.

Electronic Patient Engagement (EPE) Tool Inventory

Information from Health Centers and Vendors on Ten EPE Tools, Oct. 2020

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In the spring of 2020, HITEQ and several PCA and HCCN colleagues developed a survey to gather detailed information on health center experiences with a variety of EPE tools and included questions about product functions, strengths & weaknesses, cost, integration with EHRs, ease of implementation, and quality of vendor support. The results of that survey, as well as interviews and demonstrations are captured in this EPE Tool Inventory.

Community Health Center Adoption Framework for Electronic Patient Engagement

2019 Slides and Worksheet Updates

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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

Chilmark Research 0 25432

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.



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

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