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Featured Podcast: Health Coaching Trends for 2012

Posted: March 28, 2012 Healthcare Intelligence Network (

Melinda Huffman

Melinda Huffman

Length: 6:23

While telephonic sessions were the primary vehicle for health coaching in the last five years, Internet-based face-to-face coaching incorporating motivational interviewing techniques is one of the directions the industry will be taking going forward, says Melinda Huffman of Miller and Huffman Outcome Architects, LLC, co-founder of the National Society of Health Coaches, and a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist, writer and author. Mobile applications will also become more widely used, enabling health professionals to quickly access their patients' personal records, and coach via internet-based in-person calls.

There will also be a move toward standardizing health coaching in terms of definition, education, and training and skill validation, Huffman says.

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