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NYeC seeks patient engagement, analytics entrepreneurs

by Jennifer Bresnick

The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and Partnership Fund for New York City are ready for round two of their digital health acceleration program.  After focusing on care coordination for the inaugural crash-course in investment and...

Mostashari: Patient engagement is essential for better health

by Jennifer Bresnick

During his time as the National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari had a big job to do.  Not only did he have to convince physicians and hospitals that EHRs were a good idea, he also had to herd healthcare providers towards...

HIMSS14: What role will RECs play in Stage 2 Meaningful Use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The regional extension centers (RECs) were one the brightest spots in Stage 1 Meaningful Use as they helped eligible providers navigate the selection, implementation, and adoption of certified EHR technology (CEHRT) and the pursuit of...

Central Valley, Inland Empire HIE align to share health data

by Nicole Freeman

Central Valley HIE, a not-for-profit health information exchange (HIE) in California, has partnered with Inland Empire Health Information Exchange (IEHIE). IEHIE serves hospitals, practices, public health organizations, and medical...

HIMSS14 survey: Finances tight, but ICD-10 is looking good

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health IT professionals attending the massive HIMSS show in Orlando were treated to the results of the annual HIMSS Leadership Survey, a tried and true way to take the pulse of an industry that’s been going through some serious...

How can patient engagement counteract DTC prescription ads?

by [email protected]

What is the appropriate amount of risk information when engaging patients in the context of direct-to-consumer (DTC) prescription drug advertising? The FDA has issued a notice that it is accepting public comment on a study that will...

HITPC: Stage 3 Meaningful Use to focus on patient safety, quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Health IT Policy Committee’s newest draft recommendations for Stage 3 Meaningful Use are taking a good hard look at quality, patient safety, and timely interventions through population health management and clinical decision...

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...

Why brand personality matters in patient experience of EHRs

by [email protected]

There are many touchpoints in the patient experience that contribute to a lasting impression for each of us in some way. Perhaps you can remember the last time a hospital sent you a form letter with a gentle request to complete the...

Retail pharmacies get on board with Blue Button Initiative

by Jennifer Bresnick

Retail chains are accelerating their transformation from convenience stores to convenient healthcare providers by taking the Blue Button pledge.  The en masse commitment from some of the most recognizable names in the pharmacy business...

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

by [email protected]

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...

PHR app wins latest Blue Button Innovation challenge

by Jennifer Bresnick

An app to help cancer patients collect, view, and share their personal health data won first prize at the ONC’s Blue Button Innovation Challenge held in the Boston area late last month.  The ArmMe app allows users to visualize their...

Direct lab access may boost patient engagement, involvement

by Jennifer Bresnick

The joint HHS, CMS, and CDC announcement that patients will be able to directly access lab results without going through their providers has been lauded by industry experts as an important step forward in the quest to engage patients with...

Kaiser Permanente, VA partner for healthcare innovation

by Nicole Freeman

Kaiser Permanente and the Veterans Health Administration have partnered to research and provide best practices in genomics, connected and virtual health, leveraging advanced analytics for population management, and veteran care. The...

How can health IT positively impact human interaction?

by [email protected]

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...

How is health IT improving approaches to patient engagement?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient engagement is a popular concept, but it is not at all a new one by any means. Top healthcare organizations have made engaging patients an important aspect of their business for decades. However, the emergence of new technologies...

Why is Stage 2 Meaningful Use a challenge for providers?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The requirements for demonstrating Stage 2 Meaningful Use comprise both measures from Stage 1 at higher thresholds as well as newly-introduced requirements for health information exchange, quality reporting, and patient engagement. As...

Health IT doubles 2012 VC funding, hauls in $2.2 billion

by Jennifer Bresnick

Digital health accelerators, a growing interest in mHealth, and an ongoing thirst for better EHR software and clinical analytics has driven an explosion in venture capital (VC) investment in health IT.  In 2013, the industry nearly...

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...

Self-care medical device market to near $17 billion in 2019

by Nicole Freeman

New market research by Transparency Market Research suggests that the self-care medical device market will be valued at $16.9 billion globally in 2019. The report, “Self-Care Medical Devices Market (Blood Pressure Monitors, Heart...



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