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Patient-centered communication: Verbalizing while using EHRs

by Sponsored Content

My nurse was not paying attention to me; she was on the computer the entire time she was in my room. I wondered if she was on Facebook. —A patient from the northeast Effective communication is the foundation of high-quality healthcare....

35% of EHR users will increase investment in patient portals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers who don’t yet have a patient portal are likely to purchase or upgrade one in 2014, finds a new survey by Software Advice.  Thirty-five percent of EHR users are investing more in their patient engagement infrastructure in 2014...

Patient Engagement Driven by Incentives Builds Better Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

The increasing popularity of pay-for-performance reimbursement structures is demanding more proactive action from providers in order to keep themselves in business, but can accountable care succeed if providers are the only ones getting...

Patient engagement should produce smart data, smarter docs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers sometimes feel stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the issue of patient-generated data.  For some groups of patients, encouraging responsible self-care through monitoring and reporting seems an impossible...

Patient engagement becomes critical as care gets accountable

by Jennifer Bresnick

“Accountable care” isn’t just the name of the administrative movement that pins financial responsibility on providers who don’t meet the highest standards of quality.  It’s a mantra for those who think that the responsibility...

What characteristics make up effective patient engagement?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Many healthcare organizations and providers emphasize the importance of patient engagement, but that does not mean that they have put in place effective ways of communicating with a patient population. “I could define patient...

How is patient-centered care changing patient engagement?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Current healthcare reform is placing a serious emphasis patient-centered care and making patients active participants in their healthcare experience. For one industry insider, the success of today’s healthcare reform hinges on the...

ACPE: Accountable care relies on strong physician leaders

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare reforms moving the industry towards a new era of accountable care, population health management, and preventative medicine will require more than just business savvy at the top of the board room.  Clinical experience and a...

Most patients are willing to share health data, engage online

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients are increasingly willing to share their health data with researchers and providers while doing their own health information research online, says a new poll from Makovsky Health.  Ninety percent of the 1001 patients who...

Why patient engagement technology makes sense for providers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As patients absorb a greater share of the costs of their care, they will no doubt become more cognizant of the prices associated with services and variations between healthcare organizations and providers. As patients become consumers,...

Online physician reviews bring transparency, engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

At the University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) system, web traffic is sky high as patients sign on to rate and review their physicians, discuss the quality of their care, and browse experiences from other consumers.  In conjunction with...

NCQA says potential to engage patients with HIT “untapped”

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient engagement enabled by health IT still has a ways to go in improving the quality and efficiency of care for consumers, but a framework is emerging to help providers leverage this technology in pursuit of the triple aim, according to...

Personal Connected Health Alliance to bring mHealth worldwide

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), a collaboration between HIMSS, Continua Health Alliance, and the mHealth Summit, officially launched this week with a mission to bring wearable health tracking devices, mHealth apps, mobile...

HIE patient portals may help providers meet Stage 2 MU

by Jennifer Bresnick

For providers looking to attest to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use in the coming months, one requirement above all others has prompted ongoing concern.  The 5% patient engagement threshold, which requires patients to access an online portal to...

Industry engagement and dialogue are key for accountable care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The shift to accountable care involves a great deal more than rewriting payment structures to focus on outcomes instead of services performed.  It is an industry-wide struggle to tie up an impossible number of loose ends, from physician...

UConn retools med school to focus on EHRs, healthcare reforms

by Jennifer Bresnick

While it may be reasonable to assume that the current generation of medical students are much more technologically savvy than their predecessors, having never lived in a world without the internet, training this new cadre of...

Oregon embraces OpenNotes, lets patients view EHR data

by Jennifer Bresnick

Nine health systems and physician groups in Oregon and Southwest Washington State are embarking on a first-of-its-kind initiative to allow more than one million patients open access to their own EHR data.  After a highly successful start...

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...

Why should providers continue with Stage 2 Meaningful Use?

by Sponsored Content

It’s 7:30 PM on a Tuesday, you’re on your second pot of coffee, and you’re ready to throw in the towel. Your EHR vendor delivered on Stage 1 Meaningful Use, but while the vendor can meet the new ICD-10 requirements, it...

Why data ownership, use could stifle health data sharing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patients are willing to share personal health data (PHD), but questions and concerns about access and sharing still need to be addressed in order for them to continue making these data available, according to a final report published by...

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