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Patient Portal Company Settles with FTC over Deceptive Data

by Jennifer Bresnick

A patient portal provider and online billing company has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over deceptive patient data practices.  PaymentsMD and its CEO, Michael Hughes, were accused by the FTC of using confusing patient...

Patient Engagement Rises with Consumer EHR Satisfaction

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient engagement helps consumers view EHRs more positively and encourages them to take charge of their health. The overwhelming majority of patients believe that electronic health records (EHRs) are useful for physicians and valuable for...

Patient Engagement, mHealth among Top Health Issues in 2015

by Jennifer Bresnick

mHealth apps, increased patient engagement, and a focus on data transparency are in store for the healthcare industry in 2015, says PricewaterhouseCooper. Patient engagement, data transparency, and a rapid increase in the use of mHealth...

Telehealth in Mississippi Targets Remote Care for Diabetes

by Jennifer Bresnick

A telehealth pilot that puts tablets into the hands of diabetic patients is seeing immediate success in Mississippi. Telehealth is helping providers to tackle diabetes in the state of Mississippi, bringing connected care to patients in a...

Patient Engagement, Desire to Share EHR Data Are Widespread

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient engagement levels are high as consumers embrace the notion of viewing and sharing EHR data to improve their own outcomes. Patients are generally willing to engage with and share their EHR data, finds a new poll by NPR and Truven...

Leveraging the Patient Portal for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

The 5% patient engagement threshold in Stage 2 meaningful use has gotten a lot of providers worried since CMS confirmed that simply having and using an EHR wasn’t going to be good enough for the higher levels of the EHR Incentive...

Study: Patient Engagement Improves Medication Accuracy

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient engagement through online portals can help to improve the accuracy of medication lists, according to a Geisinger study published this week in eGEMs, while also helping providers to meet the patient portal requirements of Stage 2...

WEDI: Is There Progress on Patient Engagement, Payment Reform?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is seeking input on industry progress in four key areas of healthcare improvement highlighted in its 2013 report.  Providers, vendors, and other leaders who have made significant...

ONC explores Blue Button access for immunization records

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working to make it easier for parents to access immunization record for their children by leveraging Blue Button technology in several state pilot...

Study: Many patients don’t understand electronic lab results

by Jennifer Bresnick

More and more patients may be accessing their personal health information online through patient portals thanks to Stage 2 of meaningful use, but only slightly more than half of patients, on average, were able to decipher electronic lab...

33% of patients don’t know if they have patient portal access

by Jennifer Bresnick

While it may be worrying for Stage 2 meaningful use hopefuls that just one in three patients confirmed they have access to a patient portal, an even more alarming statistic is that thirty-three percent of patients simply don’t know...

How to overcome obstacles in the way of patient engagement

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The patient engagement requirements in Stage 2 Meaningful Use place responsibility on eligible providers as well as patients for a successful attestation. This has many eligible hospitals and professionals uncomfortable because for the...

MGMA President and CEO leaves for Marshfield Clinic

by Jennifer Bresnick

Susan L. Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACME, President and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), has resigned her position to take up the reins at the newly minted Marshfield Clinic Health System.  As leader of MGMA since...

EHR adoption hits 96% in MA; half of patients engage online

by Jennifer Bresnick

Massachusetts has always been a hotbed of revolution, so it’s no surprise that its healthcare providers are leading the charge into a new digital age.  EHR adoption among primary care practices has reached an astonishing 96% in the...

Why are payers concerned with patient engagement strategies?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While healthcare organizations and providers are addressing strategies for engaging patient populations in the pursuit of incentive or value-based reimbursements, payers are actively looking for ways to engage this same population as...

Where customization falls short in Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Among EHR adopters, the notion of one-size-doesn’t-fit-all has reached its tipping point with many specialty physicians opting for EHR technology that is unique to their area of expertise rather than making an EHR system do something...

Are present patient engagement strategies missing the mark?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In Stage 2 Meaningful Use, eligible providers must meet certain requirements for patient engagement with the patient portal representing the most obvious tool for connecting with patients in a meaningful way. The second phase of the EHR...

Director of the Office of Consumer eHealth to depart ONC

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient engagement is losing one of its leading champions following the announcement by the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology indicated that its Director of the Office of Consumer Health would...

Wearable Devices, mHealth Can Lead to True Patient Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Smart watches, mHealth apps, and Bluetooth scales may just be edging into the social consciousness as a viable way to monitor personal health and manage chronic diseases, but EHR developers have been eyeing these technologies for some...

How Stage 2 Meaningful Use drives patient engagement

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Stage 2 Meaningful Use requires that eligible providers engage their patients, but for one eligible hospital it has been the impetus for a new approach to patient engagement. Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Kentucky is preparing to begin...

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