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EHR Integration Aided with Patient Intake Management

July 3, 2018 - Healthcare organizations can greatly benefit from EHR integration tools, such as patient intake management solutions that eliminate duplicative processes and also raise patient satisfaction levels, a recent KLAS report determined. Additionally, increasing efficiency and improving data capture can directly impact an organization’s finances, researchers stated in the Patient Intake...


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Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer Will Have Immediate Impact

by Kate Monica

Health system executives at each of the 12 organizations that were early adopters of Apple Health Records predict that the EHR data viewer will have an immediate positive impact on patient engagement, interoperability, and health IT...

Allscripts Acquires HealthGrid, Grows Patient Engagement Platform

by Kate Monica

Allscripts recently announced it has acquired mobile enterprise patient engagement solutions company HealthGrid Holding Company in an effort to further expand its FollowMyHealth patient engagement solution offerings. The health IT company...

Epic EHR to Improve Interoperability for MultiCare Spokane

by Kate Monica

Washington-based MultiCare Spokane will go live with an Epic EHR implementation early this summer in an effort to improve interoperability with Providence Washington Health & Services and Kaiser Permanente. The $25 million Epic...

MI Critical Access Hospital to Begin Cerner EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Michigan-based Munising Memorial Hospital (MMH) will launch a Cerner EHR implementation at its 11-bed critical access hospital (CAH) and clinic to improve patient health outcomes for residents of Alger County. MMH made the decision to...

EHR-Integrated Tools Help Improve Chronic Kidney Disease Care

by Kate Monica

A quality improvement program combining EHR-integrated tools and patient engagement strategies can significantly improve quality of care for patients with chronic kidney disease, according to new research published in the American Journal...

Apple EHR Patient Data Viewer Should Prove Positively Disruptive

by Kate Monica

Apple’s work to give patients at 13 large health systems access to their health records via a new iOS EHR patient data viewer should open the door to a multiplicity of new ways to leverage data, claim two prominent subject-matter...

Could Goal-Directed EHR Functionality Optimize Health Outcomes?

by Kate Monica

Health IT developers should consider creating new EHR functionality that supports goal-directed healthcare rather than problem-oriented healthcare, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences...

93 Percent of Hospitals Allow Online Patient Access to EHRs

by Kate Monica

Ninety-three percent of surveyed hospitals and health systems allow patient access to EHRs, according to a recent report from the American Hospital Association (AHA). AHA analyzed data from the 2016 AHA Annual Survey Information...

Allscripts Acquires NantHealth Patient Engagement Assets

by Kate Monica

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

AMIA Calls For Patient Access to Complete Health Information

by Jacqueline LaPointe

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...

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...

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