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Debating Meaningful Use Requirements for Patient Engagement

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The proposed reduction of patient engagement meaningful use requirements between 2015 and 2017 has received a mixture of support and criticism from industry stakeholders. Both the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and Healthcare...

How to Improve Patient Portal Use in Emergency Care

by Vera Gruessner

Initiatives around patient engagement and the push toward widespread patient portal use are continually being developed throughout the medical care sector. With the federal government establishing meaningful use objectives on patient...

Are Meaningful Use Requirements Enough for Patient Engagement?

by Vera Gruessner

As Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements have pushed forward the need for healthcare providers to offer patients a means to download, view, and transmit their electronic medical information, more healthcare facilities have implemented...

Patient Engagement Underscored with Decision Making Tools

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare providers remain dedicated to improving patient engagement throughout the medical field despite the fact that the latest proposed modifications to Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements have changed the percentage of patients...

Modifications to Meaningful Use Requirements Find Backing

by Vera Gruessner

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new proposed rule with several key modifications to meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The general public has...

Public Comments Sought for Meaningful Use Proposed Rules

by Vera Gruessner

Yesterday the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced that the three most recent notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) are available for public...

How Does Physician EHR Use Affect Doctor-Patient Relationship?

by Vera Gruessner

In recent years, the patient-doctor relationship has been evolving significantly with the advent of health IT systems and certified EHR technology. The healthcare industry has also been pushing forward patient engagement though the...

EHR Interoperability Imperative for Care Coordination

by Vera Gruessner

The medical industry is incorporating stronger strategies for care coordination to reform the sector and improve quality of care.  One major aspect of improving care coordination stemming from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...

Do Patient Portals, EHR Implementation Boost Patient Engagement?

by Vera Gruessner

Within the world of healthcare, patient engagement has evolved into a major goal across the industry. Patients and their caretakers need to be mindful of their overall health and wellness in order to put a dent in mortality rates and...

How Cloud-based EHR Platform Improves Remote Monitoring

by Vera Gruessner

One type of EHR system that could improve patient health outcomes and revolutionize basic health IT processes is the cloud-based EHR platform. Storing medical data on the cloud provides more opportunities for physicians and other...

Fees for Medical Records Inhibit Patient Access to Data

by Vera Gruessner

Within the healthcare sector, computerized health records are pivotal for improving the quality of patient care, reducing healthcare costs and redundant testing, and boosting population health outcomes. With the push toward patient...

Patient Portal Adoption Diverges Among Older Generation

by Vera Gruessner

Under the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule, providers would need to ensure that at least 25 percent of their patients accessed, downloaded, and transmitted their medical information. While this exact percentage may change after the...

Three Vendors are Driving Patient Engagement and Portal Use

by Vera Gruessner

Driving patient engagement is still vital for the healthcare sector despite certain inconsistencies from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Even though CMS has proposed new Stage 2 Meaningful Use regulations that drop...

Can Health IT Tools Reduce Patient Readmission Rates?

by Vera Gruessner

One way that health IT tools have innovated care is by essentially improving patient health outcomes and reducing hospital readmission rates within a 30-day timeframe. For example, Amerigroup Maryland, Inc., a healthcare coverage provider...

As CMS Becomes Lenient, Providers Tackle Patient Engagement

by Vera Gruessner

While patient engagement remains a top priority for many medical organizations across the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed ruling modifying meaningful use requirements and specifically...

ONC Considers Meaningful Use Requirements, Patient Engagement

by Vera Gruessner

Today at the HIMSS15 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Karen B. DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, answered the public’s questions at the media briefing for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

Health IT Improves Triple Aim in HIMSS Leadership Survey

by Vera Gruessner

Today the 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey was released at the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago. The results show that 68 percent of respondents claim that health IT is effectively improving the triple aim –...

Patient Portals and Tracking Devices Driving Engagement

by Vera Gruessner

As EHR systems, patient portals, telemedicine, electronic prescribing, and other technologies continue affecting the healthcare industry, more stakeholders are considering how these tools are impacting patient engagement. For instance, a...

Do Patient Engagement Measures Address Privacy Concerns?

by Vera Gruessner

With patient engagement measures playing a significant role in the recently released Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed ruling, it becomes more imperative than in prior years to better understand how to effectively engage patients in their...

Most Hospitals Meet Requirements of EHR Incentive Programs

by Vera Gruessner

While the achievements of the EHR Incentive Programs are up for debate, the number of eligible hospitals participating in and attesting to meaningful use stages is higher than ever. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)...



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