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Ensuring Patient Concerns Don’t Limit Health Data Exchange

March 21, 2017 - A new op-ed by former National Coordinator David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, addresses the potential for digital health information exchange to dramatically change healthcare so long as providers address patient health data security and privacy concerns. “Every technological advance brings both benefits and risks, many of which are unanticipated,” Blumenthal writes, “This is especially...


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Ensuring Patient Concerns Don’t Limit Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

A new op-ed by former National Coordinator David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, addresses the potential for digital health information exchange to dramatically change healthcare so long as providers address patient health data security and privacy concerns....

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...

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...

Surescripts National Record Locator Service Continues to Grow

by Kate Monica

Surescripts is extending its National Record Locator Service (NRLS) to include three more EHR companies to provide healthcare teams with a fuller picture of patient medical records and lessen administrative burden. Aprima Medical Software, eClinicalWorks,...

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...

Should Patient-Reported Outcomes Be Incorporated in EHRs?

by Vera Gruessner

Both Stage 2 and Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs emphasize the need for patient engagement. With the widespread use of certified EHR technology, should patients have the ability to record...

OpenNotes Pilots Show Value of Patients Annotating EHRs

by Vera Gruessner

With the advent of EHRs, mobile health products, telehealth services, and other health IT innovations, it comes as no surprise that physicians have also provided patients with electronic access to their written notes. The OpenNotes study started...

Co-Authored EHR Notes to Redefine Patient Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, (BIDMC), a leader in the OpenNotes movement, is taking patient engagement one step further with a new grant that will explore the notion of letting patients actively contribute to their EHR documentation. ...

Patient Engagement Rises with Consumer EHR Satisfaction

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient engagement helps consumers view EHRs more positively and encourages them to take charge of their health. The overwhelming majority of patients believe that electronic health records (EHRs) are useful for physicians and valuable for their...

How can EHR lead us back to real conversations in care?

by bob@xtelligentmedia.com

Who are all of those people represented by those patient files in the clinic? It’s a question that might come up when the prospect of digital information slams into the reality of a room full of legacy paper records for clinic staff. Another...

How can health IT positively impact human interaction?

by bob@xtelligentmedia.com

Better health outcomes are certainly a shared expectation among physicians and patients in their interactions. Whatever form they take — whether it be in real time or some asynchronous exchange — the expectation is that the interaction...

How are EHR systems made useful in a community of care?

by bob@xtelligentmedia.com

The sense of community between physician and patient has been a tradition of the healthcare experience. It’s that community that not only represents the local nature of care but also the nature of trust that is built and sustained over...

How does patient engagement transform into useful EHR data?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

From Stage 2 Meaningful Use to patient-centered medical homes, patient engagement represents the next aim of healthcare reform through the adoption of health IT systems and services. The most recent wave of top-down support for patient engagement...

ONC unveils plan for putting patients at center of health IT

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient-centered care is a popular expression among those trying to transform healthcare through the adoption of health IT systems, but how close to the center are patients actually? That is the question being raised by the Office of the National...

How are EHRs to be made part of the healthcare dialogue?

by bob@xtelligentmedia.com

Engaging patients in any healthcare experience is more than just a conversation about the data. From accessibility on demand through patient portals to the coordination of care on behalf of the patient, there is an emotional experience that also...

Physician series: Why choosing the right EMR vendor matters

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Even with a dedicated IT staff, EHR adoption is a serious undertaking. Because of their limited staff and resources, smaller physician practices have plenty at stake when choosing a particular EMR vendor and system. From meaningful use to health...

Is EHR patient access for the greater good of healthcare?

by bob@xtelligentmedia.com

A recent study lead by Jeffrey R. Botkin, MD, MPH, sought to understand patients perceptions of the use of information from EHR and clinical tissues for medical research. The press release about the results of the study, “Innovative Approach,...

Florida patients, lawyers face steep fees for record copies

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHRs aren’t doing much to streamline the documentation reproduction process for providers, patients, and legal teams in Florida.  After proposing a hike in the per-page rate to produce copies of patient records this summer, the Florida Board...

How can EHR use improve a patient’s care coordination?

by bob@xtelligentmedia.com

I was talking with a friend yesterday about our respective experiences as patient advocates for another member of our families. We shared stories of navigating care and an ongoing process of learning to understand what was happening to the people...

Patient engagement a priority for AHIMA at annual convention

by Nicole Freeman

Last week, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) held its 85th Annual Convention and Exhibit, featuring over 225 innovative exhibitors and educational presentations. Among the myriad of topics covered were the issues...

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