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Electronic Data Key for Patient Engagement Initiatives

by Vera Gruessner

Patient engagement initiatives within the healthcare industry are moving past the patient portal, as pilot programs called OpenNotes allow patients to view their medical doctor’s notes taken during the visit. The latest version of the...

Making Health IT Lead Patient Engagement Improvements

by Vera Gruessner

Improving the quality of patient care and increasing patient engagement are key areas that healthcare providers are focused on today. Through the utilization of new health IT tools, many medical professionals are seeing improvements in...

Myriad Resources Devoted to Patient Engagement Improvements

by Vera Gruessner

The healthcare sector and world at large is moving farther away from paper-based sources of information to digital communication. More and more patients are now using portals to access their own medical records. Patient engagement is a key...

CHIME Pleased with Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule

by Vera Gruessner

After the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule was released, healthcare organizations began to show some concern about certain suggested requirements. For instance, many were unsure whether providers would be able to secure more than 5...

New Measures Under Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Vera Gruessner

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have prioritized that all eligible professionals will need to meet...

Can Human-Centered HIT Design Improve Patient Engagement?

by Vera Gruessner

Patient engagement is a hot topic in the healthcare industry today and the federal government is pushing forward patient-centered care through meaningful use regulations. However, the question remains: how do providers engage their...

Top 8 Goals of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the proposed rule and certification requirements for Stage 3 Meaningful Use regulations. The proposed rulings focus on increasing health information exchange (HIE) and...

Do EHR Systems Improve Doctor-Patient Relationship?

by Vera Gruessner

Health IT adoption has revolutionized patient care across the healthcare spectrum, from the exam room and diagnostics to the surgery departments, laboratories, and billing. EHR systems surpass the use of paper charts, but one team of...

Yale Patient Portal Enhances Clinical Study Recruitment

by Vera Gruessner

Subject recruitment and retainment for clinical trials has often been an arduous journey for researchers pursuing a particular study. However, with new health IT tools such as patient portals, it may become easier to recruit more subjects...

Has Health Information Exchange Improved Healthcare Reform?

by Vera Gruessner

In 2013, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) released a roadmap for the development of effective health information exchange (HIE) that would lead to lower costs, improved delivery, and better patient outcomes. This week...

How to Improve Patient Engagement in the Provider Community

by Vera Gruessner

Patient engagement strategies have been heavily discussed in the media and among the vendor community, but digital participation on both the provider and patient side has been meek at best. The latest report from Chilmark Research on the...

Geneia Survey: Physician Job Satisfaction on the Decline

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare bureaucracy and greater focus on data entry may be negatively influencing the physician profession including physician job satisfaction, according to a recent survey from the healthcare solutions group Geneia. The company polled...

FDA Takes Hands-Off Approach to More mHealth Technologies

by Jennifer Bresnick

The FDA wants mHealth technologies that promote patient engagement to flourish without undue regulation that might stifle adoption and innovation, say FDA representatives in a new blog post. The FDA has released finalized guidance stating...

50% of Execs Think mHealth will be Key to Patient Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Half of executive leaders believe that patient engagement will rely heavily on mobile health technologies within the next five years, according to a poll conducted by The Economist.  mHealth technologies will be key to providing patients...

Co-Authored EHR Notes to Redefine Patient Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, (BIDMC), a leader in the OpenNotes movement, is taking patient engagement one step further with a new grant that will explore the notion of letting patients actively contribute to their EHR...

Doctors Not Meeting Consumer Patient Engagement Expectations

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Many eligible providers view patient engagement requirements as a significant challenge in meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use, but they run the risk of pushing away patients if they fail to meet consumer patient engagement expectations. This...

Debating Role of Patient Portal in Health Data Integration

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient portals are growing in number and popularity as healthcare organizations and providers seek to contend for consumers in a new value-based healthcare economy or meaningful use requirements centered on patient engagement and health...

Patient Engagement May Reduce Healthcare Reform Anxiety

by Jennifer Bresnick

How can greater adoption of patient engagement tools help to alleviate uncertainty about the future of healthcare reform? Adopting more robust patient engagement technologies may help providers and patients alike find their way out of...

Nebraska Docs Feel Pressure of Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Not long after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled its plans to send notices to eligible professionals to be subject to Medicare payment adjustments in 2015, stories about the challenge of meeting meaningful use...

Why Don’t 35% of Patients Know that Patient Portals Exist?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient portals are becoming important tools for engagement and population health, but patients are largely unaware of the technology. While patients are generally enthusiastic about viewing their EHR data and engaging with their providers...

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