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Mental health of care workers provided with a well-being platform improves more with SMS "pushes"

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Depression and anxiety scores of Penn Medicine employees significantly improved with access to the mental health platform Cobalt, finds a clinical trial led by the Center for Insights to Outcomes. Greater gains were experienced by participants who received a text message intervention connecting them to information about mental health, assessments, and care offerings.

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Choice of colorectal cancer tests increases screening rates

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Population Health Lab researchers offered different colorectal cancer screening methods – an at-home fecal immunochemical test (FIT), a colonoscopy, or a choice of either – to patients of a community health center to learn which option led to the highest screening rates. Patients offered the choice had the highest completion rate, double that of those in the colonoscopy-only group.

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Initiatives tackle extended waiting periods for medical appointments

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In this news article covering the difficulty of getting doctor appointments in Philadelphia, Roy Rosin, Penn Medicine's Chief Innovation Officer, discusses CHTI work to address access issues, including a program that uses home care and telemedicine for patients recovering from breast cancer surgery and software that identifies empty rooms for patients to be seen more quickly.