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With Support From Web-Based Tools, Pharmacists Help Individuals Adopt Healthier Behaviors, Reduce Cardiovascular Risk 04/20/11

With support from a Web-based program, pharmacists provide weekly feedback and host monthly group sessions to help individuals adopt healthier behaviors that reduce cardiovascular risk, leading to increased levels of physical activity, weight loss, and lower systolic blood pressure.

Statewide, Team-Based Fitness Program Uses Online Social Networking and Competition to Promote Exercise and Weight Loss in Adults 03/31/11

A team-based program combines competition with online and inperson social support to increase physical activity and promote weight loss in adults throughout Rhode Island.

Specialists Train and Support Rural and Prison-Based Primary Care Clinicians, Enhancing Access to Hepatitis C Care 03/15/11

University-based specialists provide initial training and host weekly, case-based consultations with primary care clinicians, enhancing access to hepatitis C care for prisoners and rural patients throughout New Mexico.

Weekly Text Messaging Service Enhances Access to Local Clinics and Accurate Information on Sexual Health for Teens and Young Adults 03/06/11

Weekly text messaging service for teens and young adults enhances access to sexual health information and services and generates positive changes in behavior and knowledge.

Personal Health Record Facilitates Ongoing Monitoring and Communication, Improving Engagement and Outcomes in Low-Income Diabetes Patients 01/11/11

A free, online personal health record assists diabetes patients and their clinicians in monitoring key clinical indicators, communicating during and between office visits, and sharing information with other relevant individuals, leading to enhanced levels of patient engagement and improved blood glucose control.

Comprehensive Electronic and Personal Health Record System Enhances Patient Engagement and Improves Efficiency of Physician Practice 10/07/10

A large group practice operates an electronic health record system that is closely integrated with a personal health record system that gives patients (and authorized caregivers as proxy users) secure access to key components of their medical records and the ability to request appointments, renew prescriptions, and communicate with physicians electronically. The integrated system has generated high levels of satisfaction among patients and caregivers, who report increased involvement in their health care, and physicians who report being able to practice more efficiently.

Web-Based Service Helps Runaway and Homeless Adolescents Feel More Empowered About Health, Enhances Access to Quality Care 09/28/10

A Web-based service allows adolescents to enter, update, and access critical personal information and to identify key health resources, making them feel more knowledgeable and empowered about their health and enhancing access to high-quality care.

Weekly Feedback to Patients on Use of Rescue Medications Leads to Better Asthma Control 07/16/10

Individuals with asthma receive weekly reports via e-mail that provide detailed information on the use of rescue medications (tracked by a device attached to the rescue inhaler), leading to better asthma control, fewer asthma-related symptoms, enhanced knowledge and awareness, and greater adherence to preventive medication regimens.

Physician Practice–Based Medical Assistants Have Limited Success in Early, Ongoing Efforts to Engage Diabetes Patients in Self-Management 06/24/10

Guided by a health educator, medical assistants at an internal medicine practice are only modestly successful in encouraging diabetes patients to engage in goal setting, create personal action plans, and communicate home blood pressure and glucose measurements to physicians.

Insurer's Multifaceted Approach Facilitates Cultural and Linguistic Match Between Patient and Mental Health Provider, Leading to Higher Member Satisfaction 06/08/10

CIGNA uses a multifaceted approach to facilitate culturally appropriate behavioral health care for members, including the matching of patients to providers who meet desired characteristics; the program enhanced the diversity of the behavioral health practitioner network and increased member satisfaction.

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