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California Looks to Support Behavioral Health Data Exchange

July 17, 2017 - The California Health & Human Services Agency’s Office of Health Information Integrity includes a litany of use cases in the recently published State Health Information Guidance to illustrate numerous instance where sharing protect health information is feasible legally and in the patient’s best interest. Though non-binding, CalOHII intends the guidance to assist healthcare...


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Enabling the IT Help Desk to Support Effective EHR, HIT Use

by Dan O'Connor, RN

In an increasingly competitive healthcare market, patient expectations and the demand for care data is rising. EHR optimization and system upgrades stand out as top budgetary priorities, but IT departments struggle to keep both end users and...

Health Information Exchanges Report Information Blocking

by Kate Monica

Despite widespread disapproval and Congressional scrutiny, information blocking remains a problem for health information exchanges working to connect providers and their EHR systems. Drawing data from a national survey of 60 HIE leaders, a new...

Report Highlights Patient Role in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

A recent Century Foundation report funded by an Open Society Foundations grant identifies several policy recommendations that emphasize the critical role of patients in health data exchange and information sharing. In the report, author Adam...

Lack of Health Data Exchange, Access Frustrating Patients

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The health information network surveyed more than 1,000 adults in June as part of the 2016 Connected Care and Patient Experience report and the findings point overwhelmingly to patient dissatisfaction with how electronic health information is...

How Health IT Standards Enable Patient Access to Health Data

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Earlier this month, members of the Regenstrief Institute demonstrated the potential for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to aggregate and merge patient health data from separate data sources. While widespread FHIR use remains...

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...

S4S Pilot to Enable Patient Access to Health Information

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and National Institutes for Health (NIH) are moving forward with a joint pilot program to enable patient access to health information through the use of application...

HIPAA Changes to Help Patient Access to Health Information

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced several changes to HIPAA, increasing patient access to health information. These changes are applauded by the industry stakeholder group the National Partnership...

ONC Aims for Nationwide Health Information Exchange in 2016

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The immediate future of health IT will focus on efficient health information and improved usability of health information, according to the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). On Tuesday, National...

What Forms Should Patient Access to Health Information Take?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient access to health information is a primary target of patient engagement initiatives, but healthcare providers have limited knowledge of patient preferences for receiving health data based on the paucity of research on the latter. A recent...

Health IT Design Improvements for Patient Health Literacy

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Communication is essential to effective patient engagement, but patients historically have had little input into how providers present information to them. The latest work on patient health literacy by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health...

Lawsuit Questions Electronic Health Record Sharing Costs

by Sara Heath

With the advent of EHRs, the sharing of electronic medical records with patients has supposedly gotten easier. However, things get dicey when it comes to the price of procuring those records at the patient’s request. A recent class action...

Senators Propose Health IT Ratings, Certification Tweaks

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A recently introduced Senate bill proposes to put in place a health IT rating program to the field performance of voluntarily certified health IT systems. Sponsored by Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), the Transparent...

Methods for Improving Patient Access to Health Information

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The latest hearing held by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) resulted in more than the call to delay Stage 3 Meaningful Use. It also provided numerous methods that federal legislators and healthcare 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...

Does Effective Patient Engagement Require a Mobile Approach?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received sufficient pushback to propose reducing meaningful use requirements for patient engagement over the next few years, from five percent of patients to one single patient. A majority...

Are the Proposed Patient Engagement Objectives Going too far?

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) are showing inconsistent emphasis on patient engagement objectives under proposed meaningful use requirements. For example,...

82% Say Patient Engagement Improved through EHR Updating

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) have continually stressed the importance of patient engagement. Particularly, the proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements...

How to Improve Patient Portal Use in Emergency Care

by Vera Gruessner

Initiatives around patient engagement and the push toward widespread patient portal use are continually being developed throughout the medical care sector. With the federal government establishing meaningful use objectives on patient engagement...

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