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The hottest fitness app of 2016 wasn’t intended to be a fitness app at all. A week after Pokémon Go launched in July, it had an estimated 7.5 million downloads, reported MobiHealthNews. And on average, users were spending twice the amount of time engaged with the enormously popular app than they were on apps like Snapchat and Twitter. Using augmented reality, phone cameras, and GPS, Pokémon Go requires players to move around in order to capture monsters in real life.

In August, a 29-year-old man told the Baltimore Sun he’d lost 10 pounds in his first month of playing Pokémon Go, and had increased his social interactions as well. “I’m getting more active than ever before instead of sitting on my butt and playing Black Ops 3,” he said, referring to a military-themed video game. “I think it’s made my overall mood a lot better, too. It’s made me feel a lot more positive.” Could mobile gaming be the future of patient engagement in health care?Read More

There’s a movement underway in health care. Some would even call it a revolution. Patient engagement, doctor-patient communication, and shared decision-making are growing by leaps and bounds, driven largely by technology. Gone are the days when doctors scribbled private and incomprehensible notes in medical charts, inaccessible to patients. Now, the OpenNotes movement is ushering in a new era of transparency in medicine, to the benefit of doctors and patients alike.

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: your waiting room matters. It’s often the first impression patients get of your practice, and they may even spend more time there than in the exam room. Your waiting room can make the difference between anxious or relaxed patients and families. This is especially true if you have pediatric patients, or patients who bring their children with them to appointments.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to creating kid-friendly waiting rooms, but you can start with some simple steps and a few key considerations that will appeal to the younger visitors to your practice, and to their caregivers.

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In a previous post, we talked about how patient satisfaction surveys can help health care providers improve. As we discussed, certain factors are well within doctors’ control—such as whether they listen and show respect to patients, and if they explain things in a way that’s easy for patients to understand.

We also noted, however, that measuring patient satisfaction is not an exact science. In some cases, this feedback can have a negative impact. Some even blame patient satisfaction surveys for driving up health care costs for everyone. Find out why, and what are the primary reasons that providers are concerned.

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Screens are everywhere in our lives now, even in the exam room. More than 80 percent of doctors now use EHRs, and the hype is building surrounding new technologies in healthcare such as virtual reality. The benefits of technology are numerous—but we all know that too much tech isn’t a good thing for anybody.Read More

Summer is here and the heat is on you to capture your patients’ interest. You may be asking yourself: how can I engage patients and promote my services in a fun and captivating way? We suggest using video content to both entertain and educate them. We have the top three reasons that using video will set your practice ablaze this summer.Read More