Last month Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) released 2 new patient engagement models called beneficiary engagement and incentives. These two models are the Shared Decision Making Model (SDM) and Direct Decision Support Model (DDS). What are these models and what does it mean for Patint Engagement? Here is what you should know. Patient Engagement Models: Shared Decision Makin...

One big problem in healthcare is the rising cost of patient readmission. This is when a hospital who recently discharged a patient get penalized for having that patient return to a hospital within 30 days. Kaiser Health News estimates it will total $528 million dollars in just this year. Many emerging companies in Digital Health are bringing solutions that promise to help hospitals reduce readmiss...

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen in 2011 wrote a popular essay on how “software is eating the world”. In my opinion, this is still true and it is no different in digital health. The only difference is that policies and government organizations have a strong influence in the type of solutions that get adopted first. Some of the largest digital health companies are ones that focus on electronic he...

Before the Affordable Care Act and the movement of value-based care, hospitals really didn’t have to worry about making sure patients didn’t return to the hospital after discharge. Hospitals are facing penalties for readmission. Patient engagement has gone from being a theory to what organizations are now implementing to save money. Both patients and health organizations are seeking ways to learn ...