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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 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...

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...

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...

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...

How Pharmacy Patient Engagement Boosted Medication Adherence

by Sara Heath

Medication adherence is a critical part of chronic disease management, and yet is a major challenge for providers. However, pharmacies in Arkansas may have a solution to the medication adherence conundrum through the use of innovative...

More Patients Accessing Electronic Medical Records, Says ONC

by Sara Heath

Healthcare consumers are accessing their electronic medical records at a growing rate, furthering the healthcare industry’s goal for increased EHR interoperability and health information exchange. A recent study by the Office of the...

mHealth, Patient Portal Boom Increases Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

Personal health devices and online health resources are a booming enterprise with the potential to increase patient engagement. According to a recent survey conducted by Deloitte, practices who invest in health technology may see those...

ONC Report Upswing in Electronic Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

Health information exchange is a major priority in the healthcare industry as a result of the increased push for quality care at a better price under the triple aim. According to a recent study by the Office of the National Coordinator...

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...

How EHR Portals Can Increase and Optimize Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement is an important buzzword for healthcare providers to know, said Marcia Cheadle, RN, in a recent EHRIntelligence.com webcast. In order for patient engagement to be effective, providers need to learn how to integrate...

Where Have the EHR Incentive Programs Missed Their Mark?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Five years have passed since the EHR Incentive Programs came into existence with the aim of improving care quality, improving populating health, and reducing cost, yet meaningful use requirements continue to draw the ire of the healthcare...

One Barrier Stands in Way of Secure Electronic Messaging

by Vera Gruessner

Secure electronic messaging between patients and providers has become a major goal of the healthcare industry in order to achieve higher levels of patient engagement. Since the HITECH Act was passed in 2009, the Office of the National...

Patient Engagement, Security Top the List among Hospitals

by Vera Gruessner

Today the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) released the results of its HealthCare's Most Wired™ Survey, which illustrated that data security and patient...

Diabetes Registries under Meaningful Use Objectives Boost Care

by Vera Gruessner

Meaningful use objectives have brought about a significant push toward improving the quality of patient care as well as population health outcomes. The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs cover a wide variety of medical care...

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...

Defending Meaningful Use Requirements for Patient Engagement

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

When the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements first emerged, many eligible professionals and hospitals voiced their concern for the patient engagement requirement of view, download, and transmit (VDT). Those concerns were apparently loud...

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...

Patient Engagement Advocates Call for Data Independence Day

by Vera Gruessner

Ever since the proposed modifications of the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements were announced by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), patient engagement advocates showed criticism toward one of the new changes. If the...

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...

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