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ONC: Majority of Office-Based Physicians Used Telehealth in 2021

Article Excerpt: A report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology found that telehealth use grew noticeably over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, with high rates of not only provider adoption but also satisfaction. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it became apparent that telehealth was an effective method for providing and receiving care. However, as the severity of the public health emergency diminished, questions surrounding telehealth and its continued use arose.

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Article Source: mHealth Intelligence


Telehealth Is Here to Stay: How Technology Has Become a Staple for Physicians and Is Serving Unmet Health Care Needs

Article Excerpt: While the pandemic was the impetus for greater utilization of telehealth across the health care continuum, it’s safe to say that due to the convenience and benefits it offers to patients and providers, telehealth is here to stay. Before COVID-19, telehealth visits only accounted for 4% of total appointments, according to our recent research, which evaluated telehealth usage across 93.7 million patients in our athenaOne network. In the first half of 2022 when many patients returned to receiving in-person care, virtual visits still accounted for 8.9% of total appointments – a relatively minor decrease from the 12.1% we saw at the pandemic’s height. In addition to large-scale utilization, it is also evident that telehealth is being leveraged for a wide range of use cases. The network research, in addition to a survey we commissioned through Dynata of 2,000 U.S. patients, both found interesting patterns in usage for behavioral health, chronic care, as well as differences in adoption across race and gender. Despite differences in adoption and utilization, one thing is clear: Telehealth will remain a pivotal component of health care delivery now and in the years to come.

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Article Source: Medical Economics


Physician Adoption of Digital Health Tools Is Accelerating, AMA Research Shows

Article Excerpt: The American Medical Association’s digital health research released today shows increased rates of digital health adoption among physicians over the last six years and provides insights into their expectations. “The AMA survey illustrates the importance physicians place on validated digital health tools that improve health while streamlining the technological and administrative burdens faced each day in medicine,” said AMA President Dr. Jack Resneck Jr. in a statement. “These technologies also must be designed and deployed in ways that advance health equity,” he added.

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Article Source: Health IT News


FAST: A Framework to Assess Speed of Translation of Health Innovations to Practice and Policy

Proctor E, Ramsey AT, Saldana L, Maddox TM, Chambers DA, Brownson RC. FAST: A Framework to Assess Speed of Translation of Health Innovations to Practice and Policy. Glob Implement Res Appl. 2022;2(2):107-119. doi:10.1007/s43477-022-00045-4

A known challenge for translational research is the gap of time from discovery to practical application into routine public health practice or clinical care. This paper offers a first step to conducting research on implementation speed and aims to understand the complexities of implementation speed, offer a framework to assess speed of translation (FAST), and provide guidance on how to measure speed in evaluating implementation efforts. First, the paper discussed different perspectives on the optimal pace of implementation processes and the balance of risks and benefits related to slower or quicker implementation. The benefits for quicker implementation are responding rapidly to health and social crises, applying an anticipatory approach to social and health service systems, and addressing healthcare and social inequities in prevention and care. The benefit of slower implementation is ensuring there is adequate evidence for safe and successful implementation. Three complex factors were identified that should be considered in studying implementation speed: (1) varying stakeholders’ priorities for speed, (2) what referent is speed being measured, and (3) observation time windows in research studies. To address these complexities and challenges, the authors proposed a Framework to Assess Speed of Translation (FAST) to guide research and inform a set of parameters and metrics for capturing speed, factors that affect speed, and the effects of speed on implementation. Future research is needed to describe speed and develop metrics, examine innovation, adopter, and contextual influences, identify specific strategies to accelerate speed, assess the effect of implementation speed on outcomes, and develop designs for testing speed.


Study: Wearables Can Empower Patients, but Barriers Prevent Greater Adoption

Article Excerpt: Using wearables to track health data could empower patients, but there are several barriers to effective use, including the need for provider support. The review, published in JMIR, analyzed 20 studies published in Europe and the U.S. that collectively included more than 7,000 participants. Researchers found three main overarching themes: the role of providers and potential benefits to care, driving behavior change and barriers to use.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews


Use of Virtual Care Tools in Some Underserved Populations is Rising

Article Excerpt: While evaluating consumer adoption of digital health in 2021, researchers from Rock Health found that certain populations, such as Medicaid members and LGBQA+ individuals, are using tools like live video telemedicine and wearables at higher rates than their counterparts. Rock Health has conducted a survey every year since 2015 that aims to uncover trends in digital health adoption and use. The 2021 Digital Health Consumer Adoption Survey was completed last August and polled 7,980 adult consumers. Researchers acknowledged that the report does not consider factors such as disabilities, nor is it representative of all communities. The first main takeaway was that rural communities are still facing barriers to virtual care. Specifically, the survey found that those who reside in rural areas do not partake in video telehealth visits as often as their urban and suburban counterparts, own fewer wearables, and do not track health metrics digitally as often.

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Article Source: mHealth Intelligence


Electric Dreams – The Future of Mental Healthcare Is Digital

Article Excerpt: The future of mental healthcare is digital. Developments will change how clinicians diagnose, monitor and manage mental disorders, taking treatment from the clinic into each patient’s mobile device. This goes beyond developing software. There is a concurrent need to address pertinent issues relating to patient confidentiality, safeguards for data privacy, treatment models, regulatory pathways, reimbursement of costs, as well as patient and physician adoption.

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Article Source: The Straits Times


Perceived drivers and barriers to the adoption of eMental health by psychologists: The construction of the Levels of Adoption of eMental Health model

Feijt MA, de Kort YAW, Bongers IMB, Ijsselsteijn WA. (2018).Perceived drivers and barriers to the adoption of eMental health by psychologists: The construction of the Levels of Adoption of eMental Health model. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 20(4): e153. doi: 10.2196/jmir.9485

Researchers interviewed 12 practicing clinical psychologists in the Netherlands about their perceptions of adopting digital mental health tools (eMental health) to guide the development of a model describing adoption of eMental health by psychologists. Read More


EHR Usability, Clear Benefits Drive Adoption in Behavioral Health

Article Excerpt: To improve electronic health record (EHR) adoption among behavioral health clinicians, organizations must ensure high levels of EHR usability and share the clear benefits of EHR adoption, according to a study published in Perspectives in Health Information Management.

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Article Source: Health IT Analytics