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Reframing Patient Care through eHealth: A Powerful Toolkit for Patient-Specific Engagement - Welcome to!


eHealth technologies have potential for engaging patients in their own care but must be closely aligned with a patient’s experiences and engagement needs.
Your Patient Engagement Team's curator insight, April 15, 11:21 AM

Patient experience must be considered when developing eHealth tools to help boost engagement. Without considering the patient's journey, efforts will fall flat.

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Leonard Kish’s first eBook titled, “Patient Engagement is a Strategy, Not a Tool. How healthcare organizations can build true patient relationships that last a lifetime.”


This eBook explores the following patient engagement topics:

What Is Patient Engagement?The Quest for AttentionFrom Technology to MotivationThe Rise of Contextual MedicineAligning Goals with Effective MessagingAlignment Through Social StrategyEstablish a Patient Engagement Strategy 

Author Background

Leonard Kish is a long-time contributor to who writes about patient engagement topics as they relate to healthcare technology, the government’s Meaningful Use requirements, and how proven behavior economic models should be considered by healthcare organizations and companies focused on developing patient-facing technology


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Healthcare’s digital future | McKinsey & Company


by McKinsey; See also Insights by Gary Monk at MobiHealth here


A McKinsey & Company article: Insights from our international survey can help healthcare organizations plan their next moves in the journey toward full digitization. 

The adoption of IT in HealthCare systems has, in general followed the same pattern as other industries. [ ..]
As for its effects on the healthcare sector, this second wave of IT adoption helped bring about, for example, the electronic health card in Germany. It was also a catalyst for the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act in the United States—an effort to promote the adoption of health-information technology—and the National Programme for IT in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. Regardless of their immediate impact, these programs helped create an important and powerful infrastructure that certainly will be useful in the future.

Many institutions in the private and public sector have already moved to the third wave of IT adoption—full digitization of their entire enterprise, including digital products, channels, and processes, as well as advanced analytics that enable entirely new operating models. No longer limited to helping organizations do a certain task better or more efficiently, digital technology has the potential to affect every aspect of business and private life, enabling smarter choices, allowing people to spend more time on tasks they deem valuable, and often fundamentally transforming the way value is created. What will this third wave of IT adoption look like for healthcare?

Players in the healthcare industry were relatively successful at—and benefited from—the first and second waves of IT adoption. But they struggled to successfully manage the myriad stakeholders, regulations, and privacy concerns required to build a fully integrated healthcare IT system. This is partly because the first and second wave of IT adoption focused more on processes and less on patient needs. Still, programs like the N3 communication network in the United Kingdom and the secure telematics platform in Germany have created powerful infrastructures that have the potential to support the third wave of digital services in healthcare—but only if stakeholders take the appropriate next steps.


Now that patients around the world have grown more comfortable using digital networks and services, even for complex and sensitive issues such as healthcare (successful websites DrEd, PatientsLikeMe, and ZocDoc are just three examples of this trend), we believe the time has come for healthcare systems, payors, and providers to go “all in” on their digital strategies. The question is, where should they start?


[...] Success in the third wave of digital depends very much on first understanding patients’ digital preferences in both channel and service. But many digital healthcare strategies are still driven by myths or information that is no longer true. We interviewed thousands of patients from different age groups, countries, genders, and incomes; respondents had varying levels of digital savvy. Our research revealed surprising and actionable insights about what patients really want, which can in turn inform how healthcare organizations begin their digital patient-enablement journey. Here, we present five of those insights.

Myth 1: People don’t want to use digital services for healthcare

Many healthcare executives believe that, due to the sensitive nature of medical care, patients don’t want to use digital services except in a few specific situations; [..] . In fact, the results of our survey reveal something quite different. The reason patients are slow to adopt digital healthcare is primarily because existing services don’t meet their needs or because they are of poor quality. [..] 1 more than 75 percent of respondents would like to use digital healthcare services, as long as those services meet their needs and provide the level of quality they expect (Exhibit 1).[..] Of course, nondigital channels will continue to be relevant and important, so digital channels will have to be embedded in a well-thought-through multichannel concept.


Myth 2: Only young people want to use digital services

[..] however, that patients from all age groups are more than willing to use digital services for healthcare (Exhibit 2). In fact, older patients (those over 50) want digital healthcare services nearly as much as their younger counterparts. More than 70 percent of all older patients [..] A recent report from the European Union2 suggests that service type—not just channel—should be segmented by age; [..]

Myth 3: Mobile health is the game changer

[..] our survey shows that demand for mobile healthcare is not universal. It is therefore not the single critical factor in the future of healthcare digitization [..]


Myth 4: Patients want innovative features and apps

[..] But the core features patients expect from their health system are surprisingly mundane: efficiency, better access to information, integration with other channels, and the availability of a real person if the digital service doesn’t give them what they need. [..]


Myth 5: A comprehensive platform of service offerings is a prerequisite for creating value


When going digital, many institutions—not only those in healthcare—think it is necessary to “go big” before they can achieve anything; they believe they must build a comprehensive platform with offerings along the entire spectrum of customer services. But our survey finds that it can be smarter to start small and act fast (Exhibit 4). [..] Surprisingly, across the globe, most people want the same thing: assistance with routine tasks and navigating the often-complex healthcare system.[..]patients most often cite “finding and scheduling physician appointments"[..] selecting the right specialist and support for repetitive administrative tasks such as prescription refills. What most of these services have in common is that they do not require massive IT investments to get started.

The third wave of digitization in healthcare: Getting started

Three steps can help healthcare companies begin their journey toward the third wave of digitization.
The first step is to understand what it is that patients really want and the best way to give it to them. [..]
Next, organizations should segment their services according to basic criteria such as the amount of investment required, estimated patient demand, and value created through the service.[..]
And finally, just like organizations in other industries, healthcare companies should continually add new services to keep patient attention and build value. Once patients are familiar with the general idea of digital-service provision, organizations can begin offering more complex, high-value services, such as integrated-care companion apps or mobile health records....

rob halkes's curator insight, July 16, 2014 7:11 AM

Great Survey results, aligning with what experts already thought. Results generated by Germany, Singapore and the UK, but believed to be representative of patients in these advanced markets (!).

Results tell us this:

  • Age of patients does not influence the desire to find health services on line - the differences between age groups regard preferences for channels and for content: in any case directly related with the very health condition of the patient;
  • Current, initial expectations of patients regard convenience services first, like ability to make appointments on line and service with prescription refills - but there's indication that expectations will rise with accustomed use of available offerings;
  • This means that a developmental process of creating and rendering services allows for both the health care organization and its patients to grow into more complicated patterns of digital services. It also makes way for gradual implementation of the very development. So each organization may create its own path in digital development, internally and with external digital service delivery;
  • It implies that there is no dominance as in "need-to-have" of specific digital services  - no organization needs to jump to hypes, as they perceive them, but the very need is to do and take your own roadmap with digital;
  • Even stronger, the roadmap to digital is better guided with the concept of eHealth, that in fact entails every aspect of digital service provision in health care, from a facilitative level of making appointments, through information support, health records, wearables and monitoring, up to interaction, data exchange and communication. The authors acknowledge that there is no one concept needed of a one comprehensive platform (myth 5);
  • So one's development into one's own configuration is the best way to move forward. But, indeed there are two conditions:
    - it better be well thought off: early steps may generate but also limit consecutive steps, so a general design of one's view on eHealth will be helpful, and
    - each patients does prefer his or her own selection and (developmental) way into further uses. This implies that the very digital platform needs to allow for such. That strengthens the need to apply experience-co-creation methods of development.   

In short: we know where to move, we know how to create it, let's go for it.
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Infographic: Digitally-native HCPs - PMLiVE


rob halkes's curator insight, February 19, 2014 9:21 AM

Insights!  The majority og HCP's is now digitally native! Let's go on!