Prescription Nonadherence: An Infographic

Posted by The CareSync Team

May 18, 2017 8:41:04 AM

Medications may be effective in combating disease, but not if your patients aren't taking them. The World Health Organization defines adherence to long-term therapy as "the extent to which a person's behavior - taking medication, following a diet, and/or executing lifestyle changes - corresponds with agreed recommendations from a healthcare provider." Unfortunately, many patients don't adhere to medication regimens and the costs add up as this infographic shows.

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Topics: medication & treatments, patients, physicians & providers, healthcare costs & insurance, healthcare research, prescription drugs

Using Evidence-Based Medicine

Posted by Kaerrie Hall

May 8, 2017 11:16:52 AM

The appropriate use of evidence-based medicine (EBM), also known as evidence-informed healthcare, involves taking into account not only findings from the best available, least biased research, but also the doctor’s proven clinical expertise and the patient's values and goals in order to solve a clinical problem.

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Topics: health IT, care coordination, patients, physicians & providers, healthcare research, medical research, evidence-based medicine

7 Traits Every Doctor Should Have

Posted by The CareSync Team

Apr 19, 2017 4:08:37 PM

The majority of Americans are happy with the care they receive from their doctors. According to a survey from the Harvard School of Public Health, 87% of patients rate the care they received from their primary physician as excellent (43%) or good (44%). That’s higher than their ratings for emergency room treatment (72%), urgent care (75%), or overnight hospitalization (81%). 

Patient satisfaction surveys, like the one used in the Harvard study, are a good tool to learn what patients think about the healthcare they receive, but they don’t necessarily lead to improved care, and they don’t reveal much about the qualities patients are actually looking for in a doctor.

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Topics: patient engagement, chronic care management (CCM), care coordination, patients, physicians & providers, health tips, healthcare research, primary care

Healthcare Spending Growth Projected Through 2025

Posted by The CareSync Team

Mar 28, 2017 9:32:44 AM

According to data released in February, total health spending for 2016 is projected to have reached nearly $3.4 trillion. National health expenditure growth is expected to average 5.6 percent annually over 2016-2025 and represent 19.9 percent of gross domestic product by 2025. And by 2025, it's projected that 47 percent of national health spending will be financed by federal, state, and local governments.

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Topics: Medicare, patients, physicians & providers, healthcare costs & insurance, healthcare costs, healthcare research, prescription drugs

Great Expectations: Consumer Priorities in Healthcare

Posted by The Engaged Patient

Feb 22, 2017 1:49:19 PM

The Deloitte 2016 Consumer Priorities in Healthcare Survey found that the expectations consumers have about healthcare interactions are being shaped by their experiences with other industries. For example, the more convenient and customized their interactions become with industries such as retailing and banking, the more they expect the same from the healthcare industry.

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Topics: patient engagement, medical studies, family health, patients, caregivers, physicians & providers, healthcare research, medical research

Healthcare Innovation Creates Investment Opportunities

Posted by Travis Bond

Feb 15, 2017 11:56:30 AM

Innovations in healthcare result in exciting products and services that shape how consumers and providers experience care. They also present an opportunity that strikes a chord with investors.

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Topics: trade shows & conferences, Travis Bond, health IT, mHealth, physicians & providers, CareSync, Digital Health, value-based care, healthcare research

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