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Assessing mHealth Apps Designed For Patient Engagement

May 18, 2015 | Adam Turinas

Increased patient engagement is one of the most challenging goals healthcare IT infrastructures must enable. Although this goal has been clearly established, there are many points of view on how technology can best enable this evolution. To engage patients, providers, patients and technology must come together. Both physicians and patients need tools that deliver data in a meaningful and actionable way for the care experience and health outcomes to be improved.

Over the course of the last year dozens of studies and success stories on the impact of mHealth on patient engagement have come to light. There is growing evidence of mHealth’s potential to enable improved patient engagement.

Before realizing these gains, there are many issues providers must consider. Providers must grapple with deciding what sort of functionality these smartphone apps should deliver? What processes will ensure high user adoption? And what systems mHealth tools should integrate with to maximize the utility for patients and providers?

We’ll answer these questions and more in our blog series defining 7 key issues to consider when choosing a patient engagement mHealth solution:

1. Encouraging behavioral change & self care
2. HIPAA compliance
3. Communication with physicians and clinicians
4. Patient experience
5. Care circle engagement
6. Scalable, Easy to Use, Customizable System
7. Satisfaction and adoption

We will guide you on how to address these issues as part of your mHealth strategy and app selection process. To make this process even easier, we’ve also developed a simple checklist that you can use to compare mHealth vendors that offer patient engagement apps. We hope you find this helpful.

Download this checklist for 40+ features, issues and key functions to evaluate mobile patient engagement app vendors against:

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