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Clinical Decision Support Central to Advancing Cancer Care

August 21, 2017 - Innovations in cancer research and treatment guidelines make clinical decision support (CDS) tools a critical resource for providers. Writing in Oncology Times, Lalan Wilfong, MD, of Texas Oncology identified CDS tools as one of five health IT services capable of helping improve cancer care when put into the hands of oncologists.  “For example, treatment options for lung...

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GAO Calls on HHS to Better Encourage Patient EHR Access

by Kate Monica

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has requested the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reevaluate the effectiveness of its attempts to promote patient EHR access and EHR data use after finding few patients regularly...

Epic EHR Patient Portal Gets Interoperability Makeover, CEO Says

by Jennifer Bresnick

The annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition may be best known for bringing together tens of thousands of excited health IT experts with big data and ambitious new innovations on their minds, but the real heart of the largest gathering of...

Adoption of Patient Portals Growing in Older Populations

by Sara Heath

The use of patient portals by older patients could very well be understated. According to data out of athenaResearch, patients in their 60s are just as likely as younger patients to register for their patient portal, with nearly 30 percent...

Benefits of Patient-Generated Health Data to EHR Use

by Sara Heath

Between completing EHR information and empowering the patient as a part of the care team, patient-generated health data has the potential to be an integral part of enhancing the overall care for an individual. The healthcare industry is...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Cerner Partners with Validic to Promote Data Integration

by Vera Gruessner

The digital health platform Validic has announced a partnership with health IT supplier Cerner Corp. in order to improve data integration along with access to patient-generated information from fitness apps and clinical tools, according to...

Is Patient-Generated Data the Solution to Incomplete EHRs?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Directly incorporating patient-generated data into the physician EHR should address challenges related to review of systems (ROS) and their effect on billing, clinical workflows, and patient outcomes, according to a recent article in the...

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...

How Innovative EHR Use Supports Care Quality Improvements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Care quality improvements through innovative EHR use are front and center at University of Missouri (MU) Health Care. Over the past few years, the organization has climbed the rankings awarded by the University HealthSystem Consortium...

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...

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...

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...

Oregon embraces OpenNotes, lets patients view EHR data

by Jennifer Bresnick

Nine health systems and physician groups in Oregon and Southwest Washington State are embarking on a first-of-its-kind initiative to allow more than one million patients open access to their own EHR data.  After a highly successful start...

Mostashari: Patient engagement is essential for better health

by Jennifer Bresnick

During his time as the National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari had a big job to do.  Not only did he have to convince physicians and hospitals that EHRs were a good idea, he also had to herd healthcare providers towards...



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