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MU for mHealth? Why telemedicine should get better faster

by Jennifer Bresnick

You’re not done once you’ve implemented your EHR.  Whether you’re interested in joining a health information exchange or you’re shifting into accountable care, the EHR is simply the first piece in a complex web of information...

How does provider-developer collaboration improve health IT?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

How does provider-developer collaboration improve health IT, particularly the adoption and integration of new technologies into a healthcare organization’s or provider’s EHR system? That is the question the New York Digital Health...

Meaningful use might be a struggle, but it’s working for patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

In a keynote presentation to the Rhode Island chapter of the American College of Physicians, Peter Basch, MD, FACP, echoed the words of National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari and told an audience of mostly paper-bound doctors that the key...

Former Allscripts CEO moves into mHealth with new startup

by Jennifer Bresnick

After leaving Allscripts in December of 2012 under less than ideal circumstances, former Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman is beginning a new chapter in his healthcare career: investing in a mobile health startup company through his 7Wire...

More details of VUMC mHealth contest for clinical summaries

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Vanderbilt University has issued a challenge to mobile health (mHealth) application developers that calls for the transformation of patient clinical summaries into accessible personalized health data that also meets certain requirements of...

Vanderbilt launches challenge to transform patient summaries

by Jennifer Bresnick

Vanderbilt University is taking a page from the Blue Button playbook by launching a competition to turn dry, black-and-white clinical summaries into personalized, easily understood information for patients and caregivers. “This is a...

How New York is doing patient portals differently: NYeC Q&A

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The last day of April marks the first of two demo days for the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge. The first takes place April 30 in New York City; the second will be held May 2 in Buffalo. Earlier this month, the New York...

PHRs to reduce health disparities, collect longitudinal data?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A compelling presentation about the secure exchange of radiological imaging in the cloud from last week’s Information Management Network (IMN) Hospital Cloud Forum included insightful commentary into how personal health records (PHRs)...

IOM: Healthcare must work smarter to support physicians

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare in the United States is too slow and too inefficient to meet the needs of its patients, which costs lives and billions of dollars, say Robert Saunders of the Institute of Medicine and Mark D. Smith of the California Healthcare...

PwC: mHealth will only thrive through interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

For software developers, patients, and a growing number of physicians, mobile health (mHealth) is the technological revolution they’ve been waiting for, bringing healthcare to pockets and purses, smartphones and tablets – and...

Patients with PHR access more responsible, engaged, satisfied

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers who are worried about meeting the Stage 2 Meaningful Use patient engagement guidelines may be able to rest easier at night after reading the results of several recent studies showing just how enthusiastic patients are about...

Should physician societies endorse and approve mHealth apps?

by Jennifer Bresnick

When you browse the health and fitness category of your smartphone’s app store, you might see fitness programs, calorie counters, pregnancy trackers, sleep aids, and collections of healthy recipes.  But you might also see...

Can an HIE patient consent bank secure PHI and participation?

by Jennifer Bresnick

When a Virginia resident ends up unconscious in an ER after a skiing accident in Utah, downloading the patient’s electronic records from his primary care provider might be the only way his doctor can know he’s allergic to...

93% believe EHR-connected mHealth apps benefit patient care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians want patients to use mHealth apps as much as patients themselves do, a new survey by EHR vendor eClinicalWorks says.  From scheduling appointments and emailing nurses to receiving follow-up reminders and accessing their own...

74% of patients comfortable with online physician communications

by Jennifer Bresnick

A Cisco customer experience report, released at HIMSS13 this week, found that three quarters of patients are open to virtual visits with their physicians, and are comfortable with online communications instead of heading into the office...

Nurses need to interact with patients while using laptops, EHRs

by Jennifer Bresnick

In a presentation at HIMSS13, Beth D. Strauss, DNP, RN, AHCNS-BC, Assistant Professor at Edgewood College in Wisconsin, discussed the role of technology in the consult room from the patient’s perspective.  Strauss, a veteran clinical...

Survey: Patients should have access to PHI – but not all of it

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new survey of physicians reveals that while most doctors approve of patients updating their own personal health information (PHI), there are some areas of the record that should remain in the hands of the professionals.  More than...

71% of safety net patients want email, texts, and portals

by Jennifer Bresnick

A large majority of low income, underserved, and safety net patients want to communicate with their providers using email, text messaging, and online patient portals, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal...

What nursing, patients gain from EHR adoption, use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have targeted Stage 2 Meaningful Use as the starting point for eligible professionals and hospitals...

MiHIN pilots PHI network for meaningful use patient engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) has announced a pilot program to explore the requirements and challenges of developing a consumer-facing patient portal integrated with the state’s HIE efforts.  In collaboration with...

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