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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...

How are EHRs to be made part of the healthcare dialogue?

by [email protected]

Engaging patients in any healthcare experience is more than just a conversation about the data. From accessibility on demand through patient portals to the coordination of care on behalf of the patient, there is an emotional experience...

Health IT as an enabler, disabler in the patient experience

by [email protected]

My journey to schedule a check-up with my physician began on the morning of November 13. It had been just over three years since my last visit to his office and I decided that this would be a good time to improve my own patient engagement....

NEJM: Open EHR notes have a bright future as acceptance grows

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians are beginning to understand and accept the value of allowing patients to see the majority of their health information, says a perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, and have fewer worries about what patients...

How can EHR use improve a patient’s care coordination?

by [email protected]

I was talking with a friend yesterday about our respective experiences as patient advocates for another member of our families. We shared stories of navigating care and an ongoing process of learning to understand what was happening to the...

65% of patients think mHealth would keep them healthier

by Jennifer Bresnick

mHealth might be the motivation patients are looking for in order to stick to recommended diet, exercise, and wellness guidelines if a poll by the Center for Connected Health holds true among the majority of Americans.  With 65% of the...

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...

MGMA: Most better-performers use patient-satisfaction surveys

by Nicole Freeman

Results from the Medical Group Management Association’s (MGMA) Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups: 2013 Report Based on 2012 Data revealed that nearly 80 percent of medical practices categorized as...

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...

HIT systems may decrease in-person physician visits

by Nicole Freeman

New research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Commonwealth Fund suggests the growing use of health information technology (HIT) and electronic-health (e-health) applications will impact the future demand for...

Patient engagement a priority for AHIMA at annual convention

by Nicole Freeman

Last week, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) held its 85th Annual Convention and Exhibit, featuring over 225 innovative exhibitors and educational presentations. Among the myriad of topics covered were the...

Why patient engagement is about more than health IT

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient access to health information is nothing new. However, it has received an increasing amount of attention as a result of meaningful use, accountable care, and other outcomes-based programs and initiatives. Coupled with these are the...

EHRs, patient portals increase well-child checks, vaccines

by Jennifer Bresnick

Parents with access to their children’s information through a patient portal were 2.5 times more likely to attend the recommended number of well-child checks for their infants and keep their toddlers up to date with important early-life...

Is mobile the key to EHR interoperability, fragmentation?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While on the surface mobile access appears to be an extension of EHR and health IT systems, a new report argues that it may very well become the means to ensuring that these systems are interoperable and data no longer fragmented....

What EHR interoperability means to the patient experience

by [email protected]

The challenge of enabling EHR interoperability is at the forefront of many conversations about EHR adoption and health information exchange (HIE). It’s the all-too-common features and benefits presentation for the use of health...

Where do patient engagement and empowerment differ?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Slotting the patient into the continuum of care is one of the emerging challenges in healthcare reform. In Stage 2 Meaningful Use, eligible providers are required to engage patients. The same is true of healthcare organizations and...

Virtual assistant aids patient engagement, accountable care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Are we ready for AI in the ER?  A new virtual assistant called Alme is taking the chat-bot to new heights, helping patients manage chronic diseases with a combination of natural language processing and artificial intelligence. ...

Rex Hospital leads patient engagement index in NC

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Rex Hospital in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill has come out on top in patient engagement study conducted by Axial Exchange. In its latest Hospital Patient Engagement Index (PEI), the company specializing in mobile solutions for engaging...

Why patients must fit into the health IT adoption equation

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Amidst the commotion of the federal government shutting down, the two leaders of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) quietly left their posts and returned to the private sectors. The former...

Why cloud-based EHR services require the trust of providers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With the emergence of open platforms and application programming interfaces (APIs), partnerships between traditional and non-traditional health information technology developers are likely to become more common. Considering that healthcare...

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