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Patient Engagement Rises with Consumer EHR Satisfaction

December 10, 2014 - 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 care, according to a newly released survey by the National Partnership for Women and Families.  Patients were more likely to rate EHRs as a positive...


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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...

Epic Systems, Cerner Among 8 Health IT Companies Recognized by EHRA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Earlier this week, the trade association announced that Epic Systems, Cerner Corporation, six other health IT companies had agreed to move to Version 2 of the EHR Developer Code of Conduct. Validations tied to the first version, introduced back...

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...

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...

PCORI to Boost Interoperability, Data Sharing in New EHR Project

by Sara Heath

Several data sharing and EHR interoperability projects came to the forefront yesterday at the Precision Medicine Initiative Summit, including one from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The organization announced that it...

Industry Groups Respond to Patient-Centered EHR Legislation

by Sara Heath

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee’s draft legislation for patient-centered EHR use doesn’t go far enough to advocate for patient data access, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families...

Adoption of Patient Portals Growing in Older Populations

by Sara Heath

The use of patient portals by older patients could very well be understated. According to data out of athenaResearch, patients in their 60s are just as likely as younger patients to register for their patient portal, with nearly 30 percent of...

Interoperability Challenges Affecting Accountable Care

by Sara Heath

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) may be struggling with EHR interoperability, but are showing promise that they will be successful in their value-based care initiatives. According to a study from Premier Inc., ACOs are having some of the...

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...

Benefits of Patient-Generated Health Data to EHR Use

by Sara Heath

Between completing EHR information and empowering the patient as a part of the care team, patient-generated health data has the potential to be an integral part of enhancing the overall care for an individual. The healthcare industry is making...

53% of Consumers Can’t Access Electronic Health Record Info

by Sara Heath

About half of patients can’t access their health information online, according to a recent survey from HealthMine. This finding is quite notable considering the recent push for patient engagement and transparency of health information....

Success of a Step-By-Step EHR Adoption Approach at HealthNet

by Sara Heath

HealthNet, an Indianapolis-based health system, has seen enormous success with its EHR use in the five years that have passed since implementation. Since its EHR implementation, the healthcare organization has managed to successfully transition...

OpenNotes to Reach 50M New Patients Through Grant Funding

by Sara Heath

Four healthcare organizations have donated $10 million in grants to fund OpenNotes for nearly 50 million patients nationwide, according a recent press release. The funders -- which include Cambria Health Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation,...

Support for Mental Health Found Lacking in Patient Portals

by Sara Heath

Although electronic health visits, or eVisits, for various health conditions are increasing, recent research shows healthcare providers still need to create considerable headway in providing mental and behavioral healthcare via eVisit. In a study...

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....

Care Plans are Key in Patient-Centered Care, Research Shows

by Sara Heath

Care plans have the power to assist providers in providing patient-centered care and accessing a complete picture of a patient’s health, according to a report by Chilmark Research. Care plans are approaches to healthcare delivery that are...

AHA: Health IT a Driver in Quality Care Improvement

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues its evolutions into value-based and patient-centered care by way of health IT, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has released several white papers highlighting the need for patient engagement and care...

CMS Issues Three New FAQs on Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued three new frequently asked questions (FAQs) to clarify meaningful use requirements around health information exchange and patient engagement following the recent changes to the...

Increased Physician EHR Use Tied to Medication Adherence

by Sara Heath

Increased physician EHR use could help alleviate the problem of medication non-adherence from chronic disease patient populations, recent research suggests. A team of researchers observed the effect of physician EHR use and patient-centered medical...

Patient Access to Health Information Low But Interest High

by Sara Heath

EHR and health IT adoption play an important role in helping healthcare providers increase the quality of patient care, but a recent Nielson survey shows that patient access to health information has not sufficiently increased as a result despite...

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