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Epic EHR Patient Portal Gets Interoperability Makeover, CEO Says

March 7, 2016 - The annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition may be best known for bringing together tens of thousands of excited health IT experts with big data and ambitious new innovations on their minds, but the real heart of the largest gathering of healthcare professions in the country is actually very small and very personal. After downing an ocean of hot coffee, walking untold miles through carpeted...


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Epic Systems Expands CVS Health Partnership to Lower Drug Costs

by Kate Monica

Epic and CVS Health recently announced an initiative to lower drug costs for patients and improve health outcomes by offering prescribers lower cost alternatives to expensive medications. CVS will utilize Epic’s population health management...

Most Patients Report EHR Technology Improves Quality of Care

by Kate Monica

A new survey found 85 percent of patients believe EHR technology and other technological advances will improve the quality of patient care a great deal. Research from The Physicians Foundation gathered responses from over 1,747 patients between...

Mayo Clinic Offers Symptoms Assessment Tool in Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

Mayo Clinic is now offering its secure, web-based symptom assessment tool Ask Mayo Clinic through Epic MyChart to assist patients in managing their own care. The tool is available 24/7 through any computer or mobile device with internet access....

Epic Share Everywhere Enables Worldwide Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Epic today announced a new innovation to improve worldwide interoperability with Share Everywhere — a solution allowing patients to authorize any provider with internet access to view their health record. As part of Share Everywhere, patients...

New Jersey Healthcare Providers Suffer EHR Security Breaches

by Kate Monica

The Diamond Institute for Infertility and Menopause in New Jersey recently suffered a data breach threatening the security of patient EHRs. While EHRs have made patient information more accessible than ever, the rapid digitization of the...

Epic Systems Patient Portal Offers Mayo’s Educational Resources

by Kate Monica

Users of the Epic Systems MyChart patient portal will now have access to patient-facing educational resources developed by the Mayo Clinic. The partnership offers patients more than 18,000 pages of content on more than 4,000 c health topics....

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...

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....

Patient-Generated EHR Data Aids Communication with Providers

by Kate Monica

A safety-net clinic pilot demonstrated the benefits of patient-provider collaboration in EHR technology to patient-provider communication in the exam room. A new study found patient-entered electronic visit agendas between patients and providers...

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...

Effective Patient Engagement Strategies Using Health IT

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement is increasing in importance in the healthcare industry, with several initiatives requiring patient access to health information and other patient engagement functionalities such meaningful use and accountable care organizations....

Physician Home Visits Expand Health IT and Portal Use

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare services can be difficult for certain sects of the patient population to obtain due to residing in more rural areas or being unable to find transportation to medical facilities. To solve this major issue, telemedicine capabilities...

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...

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....

Comprehensive portal, microblog promotes patient engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

A web-based patient engagement toolkit being developed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, hopes to improve care coordination and amplify a patient’s voice by allowing a greater degree of interaction than current systems...

19% of patients think online doc ratings are very important

by Jennifer Bresnick

Online reviews may currently be most popular among people looking for a great new restaurant or feature-packed cell phone, but patients shopping for a new physician are increasingly turning to the healthcare equivalents of Amazon and Yelp. ...

How do patient portals improve the coordination of care?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient-centered care aims to make patients a part of coordinating their care in order to improve outcomes. To bring patients into the fold, healthcare organizations and providers must have strategies and systems in place to engage them. Stage...

Patient portals boost diabetic medication adherence by 6%

by Jennifer Bresnick

New research from Kaiser Permanente and the National Institutes of Health shows that online patient portal access that includes the ability to refill prescriptions can raise the level of medication adherence for diabetic patients by at least...

Will patient engagement work without patient incentives?

by Jennifer Bresnick

There’s a big problem coming down the pike for providers in Stage 2 of meaningful use, and it’s a lot bigger than rounding up some patients into a computer lab and watching them as they type in their portal passwords.  It’s a problem the...

Stage 2 patient engagement could come down to marketing

by Jennifer Bresnick

There’s a long list of things worrying providers about Stage 2 of meaningful use, but one requirement that keeps jumping to the head of the queue is the patient engagement criteria.  Stage 2 asks providers to offer patients the opportunity...

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