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Allscripts Acquires NantHealth Patient Engagement Assets

August 14, 2017 - Allscripts recently acquired NantHealth’s patient engagement assets following the release of the latter's second quarter financial results showing $70 million in losses. In addition to signing the agreement with Allscripts to sell its patient engagement assets, NantHealth also terminated 300 employees. NantHealth CEO and Chairman Soon-Shiong, MD, stated the deal with Allscripts and...


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New NATE Member to Focus on Improving Patient EHR Data Access

by Kate Monica

The Health Record Banking Alliance (HRBA) became an association member of the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) to promote patient control over electronic health records earlier this week. Founded in 2006, the alliance is a non-profit...

GAO Calls on HHS to Better Encourage Patient EHR Access

by Kate Monica

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has requested the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reevaluate the effectiveness of its attempts to promote patient EHR access and EHR data use after finding few patients regularly access...

Patient, Provider Disagreement Re-emerges in Health Reporting

by Kate Monica

A new study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found patient-reported self-assessments and provider-reported assessments of patient health rarely align. The study by Elder et al. aimed to gain insight into how often...

Study Aims to Aid Patient EHR Documentation Understanding

by Kate Monica

Providers are looking for a way to accurately assess how well patients generally comprehend the technical language used in EHR documentation in order to gauge patient comprehension of health conditions. A recent study by Zheng et al. sought to...

AMIA Seeking EHR Data Sharing Improvements at NLM, CDC

by Kate Monica

In separate responses to two federal requests for information, the association has called for improved EHR data access, analytics, and exchange at the federal level. In comments from the American Medical Informatics Association published yesterday,...

CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Patient Engagement Requirement

by Kate Monica

In a recent update, CMS added information to their compendium of FAQs regarding calculations for EHR Incentive Programs objectives and measures requiring patient action. The most recent addition focuses on whether other eligible professionals...

Physician EHR Use, Workload Trumping Face Time with Patients

by Sara Heath

For every hour physicians spend with patients, they spend another two hours on physician EHR use and deskwork, according to a recent study from the American Medical Association. The AMA study highlights what many consider the primary issue with...

Patient Views on EHR Use Tied to Limited Health Literacy

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

New research highlights a potential connection between patient health literacy or language proficiency and patient attitudes of clinician EHR use. The research by Ratanawongsa et al. focused on the experience of patients with limited health literacy...

AMIA Calls For Patient Access to Complete Health Information

by Jacqueline Belliveau

At the 2016 ONC Annual Meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has asked the federal government to repeal the prohibition on the use of unstructured data in order to help patients access all of their health information. In...

How Physician EHR Use Can Lead Patients to New Therapies

by Daniel Barton of Aptus Health

Every year, thousands of patients are newly diagnosed with chronic conditions and hundreds of new therapies enter the market. Yet connecting eligible patients to treatment plans with the potential to drive better outcomes is often fraught with...

DoD Awards $139M Contract for Patient Engagement, Access

by Jacqueline Belliveau

According to a recent announcement, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defense Health Agency has awarded McKesson Technology Solutions $139 million for their interoperable secure messaging and patient engagement platform. McKesson received...

Final Federal HIT Strategy Plan for Learning Health System

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released the final version of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan that aims at a learning health system (i.e., interoperable and accessible) within ten years. "This...

How EHR Technology Will Evolve to Support Healthcare Reform

by Michael Lovett of NextGen Healthcare

The design of early EHR technology was driven primarily by the desire to recreate paper charts in digital form. Just as with paper charts, initial EHR systems were meant only to capture information from the clinical episode — the idea of...

Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule: Is More Time Needed?

by Vera Gruessner

With the comment period open for providing feedback on the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) are likely to receive...

How to Properly Implement Patient Portals for Meaningful Use

by Vera Gruessner

Even though the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule is now dominating the public dialogue about the EHR Incentive Programs, many healthcare providers are still struggling to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use regulations. One of the key issues that...

‘Patients First’ Brings Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

by Vera Gruessner

On March 2, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics announced in a release that they had awarded 230 clinics across Carolinas HealthCare System the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. Stage 7 is the highest level that...

ICD-10 Compliance, Stage 2 MU Prompt More IT Adoption

by Vera Gruessner

The healthcare industry is on track for spending billions of dollars on health IT products throughout 2015. With the ICD-10 compliance deadline looming in October, most providers are looking to adopt advanced IT systems that incorporate the new...

Why a Full-Year Meaningful Use Reporting Period Worries CIOs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

For those keeping pace with the requirements of Stage 2 Meaningful Use, the 2015 fiscal and calendar years bring with them a full-year meaningful use reporting period and concerns about meeting these demands on their healthcare organizations....

Accountable Care, Patient Portals Lag Behind Expectations

by Jennifer Bresnick

The slow uptake of accountable care reimbursement structures and the low implementation rates of advanced patient portals are among some of the top issues in healthcare over the past year, according to HIMSS Analytics, and present both challenges...

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