Universality of Self-Efficacy

Increasing self-efficacy – one’s capacity to identify actions that improve one’s life and the confidence to accomplish those actions – has been shown to:1 Accelerate health behavior change (e.g. healthy eating, medication adherence) Reduce depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders Diminish social isolation Improve system navigation and health program uptake   Importantly, the impact of self-efficacy […]

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Mastery Experiences Drive Self-Efficacy

Self-efficacy, or confidence as it is commonly known, is the optimistic self-belief in one’s competence or chances of successfully accomplishing a task and producing a favorable outcome. Self-efficacy is certainly worth having because as Henry Ford famously put it, “Whether you believe you can or you cannot, you are right.” Gandhi perfectly understood the central […]

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Story Snippets: Suzanne Continues her Passion for Supporting as a Better Choices, Better Health® Mentor

It’s the afternoon in Los Angeles and already the evening in Baltimore on Thursday, June 6th when I connect with Suzanne for our Slack call.   “It is 2009, and I am working full time for the Baltimore County Department of Aging and I have a part-time job in addition.  Being so busy I didn’t […]

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Age + Action Conference Summary

Neal had the opportunity to participate in the National Council on Aging’s Age + Action conference this June.  Age+Action is the premiere national conference focused on ensuring every person’s right to age with their best possible health and economic security. The event brought together 900+ professionals from across the country who are dedicated to making aging […]

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DC Health Provides BCBH Without Cost to District Residents

Sharing another partnership this month — Washington, DC Department of Health. Please help us spread the word.   DC Health is covering the costs for our Better Choices, Better Health®(BCBH) program for hundreds of district residents.  They are making the program available without cost to a limited number of Washington, DC residents. Interested participants can […]

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The Patient Engagement Capacity Model: What Factors Determine a Patient’s Ability to Engage?

This month we feature an article by C.J. Sieck, et al, The Patient Engagement Capacity Model: What Factors Determine a Patient’s Ability to Engage?  Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, Sieck et al start their article describing the “Promise and Challenge of Patient Engagement” and then proceed to present their “Engagement Capacity […]

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Adopting New Behaviors Doesn’t Need to Be All Work- It Can be Quite Satisfying

Individual behavior change is often central to enhancing quality of life and improving health.  This includes adopting healthier habits around diet, physical activity, sleep, and other core individual behaviors.  It includes new tactics to improve social interactions with family and friends and with healthcare providers.  And it often includes new medical-related behaviors such as medication […]

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Insights from DTx West

DTx West took place at the end of February and serves as a great reminder of just how far the broader industry and the digital therapeutics segment have come.  Topics included the regulatory environment and pathways for digital therapeutics, commercialization strategies, and partnership approaches. I had the good fortune to moderate an incredible panel with […]

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Seeing the Success of Others Makes us More Likely to Succeed

We were glad to see the interest in Paul’s article from last month’s Canary Health newsletter about designing digital interventions to highlight behavioral modeling.  Providing behavioral modeling is one of the key approaches to increasing an individual’s self-efficacy — i.e. the confidence in one’s ability to set a goal and accomplish it. Increasing self-efficacy has […]

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Story-telling, Only Part of Designing for Behavioral Modeling

The core outcome of the Better Choices, Better Health® (BCBH) program is to increase participants’ self-efficacy.  Across the entire program we’re deliberate about how we design not only to engage and delight our participants, but also to ensure we increase their self-efficacy. In 1977[i] Albert Bandura defined self-efficacy as “the belief in one’s capabilities to […]

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Increasing Self-Efficacy Accelerates Successful Behavior Change

Over 40 years ago, Albert Bandura postulated that self-efficacy was important for individuals and societies to be able to be successful.  Many others have subsequently validated his concepts.  Self-efficacy serves as the core element of a wide variety of interventions. “Self-efficacy is the belief we have in our own abilities, specifically our ability to meet […]

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Digital Therapeutics (more than any other therapy class), Deliver Patient Understanding and Engagement

The DTxDM Conference – now twice yearly – is the premiere conference for Digital Therapeutics innovators.  This rapidly coalescing industry is built on the commitment that digital solutions can deliver meaningful and proven outcomes.  The conference highlighted the continued research and growing evidence, presented the emerging business models and dealt honestly with the opportunities and […]

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How Digital Therapeutics Programs Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs

DistilNFO had an opportunity to interview Adam Kaufman, President & CEO at Canary Health®, to talk digital therapeutics. Some of the questions posed were: What are the current needs in healthcare? What is digital therapeutics? What results have you seen? How important is peer support in online programs? and many more. Read the article to […]

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Canary Health’s Six-week Diabetes Management Program Saves $815 in One-year Healthcare, Pharmacy Utilization Costs

Cost savings were driven by decreased all-cause inpatient, outpatient, Emergency Department, and pharmacy utilization, as well as diabetes-specific outpatient utilization. Participants also had lower comorbid disease burden at one year than their controls, including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, renal disease, and depression. Read more on the results.   About the Referenced Study Results *For the most recent […]

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Wide Reach, Personal Touch: How Neal Kaufman Helped Modernize Diabetes Telehealth

When founding Canary Health®, one of the pillars of our programming that was a must and continues to be, is understanding the patient.  The question we had to ask ourselves was: How do we get patients engaged in their own health, and keep them engaged so they can live the life they want to live? […]

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Diabetes Self-Management Program Reduces Costs

Recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the Stanford-Anthem study explores online digital therapeutic programs for patients with diabetes and its effectiveness on reducing healthcare costs and improving patient outcomes. The study found healthcare cost savings of $815 per patient in year following the program, and a decrease in the use of health-related […]

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