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AHA: Health IT a Driver in Quality Care Improvement

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As the healthcare industry continues its evolutions into value-based and patient-centered care by way of health IT, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has released several white papers highlighting the need for patient engagement and care...

Professional Groups Comment on CMS Value-Based Pay Models

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As the deadline for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Programs (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) comment periods drew to a close yesterday, three major healthcare professional associations...

EHR Clinical Decision Support Alerts Overwhelming Physicians

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EHR clinical decision support systems prove to be somewhat unnecessary in opioid prescriptions, according to a recent study. In a retrospective chart review study encompassing two years, researchers found that nearly 96 percent of clinical decision...

Increased Physician EHR Use Tied to Medication Adherence

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Increased physician EHR use could help alleviate the problem of medication non-adherence from chronic disease patient populations, recent research suggests. A team of researchers observed the effect of physician EHR use and patient-centered medical...

Two More Pioneer ACOs Opt Out of Value-Based Program

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Two more members of the CMS Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program have decided to pursue other paths, reports Priyanka Dayal McCluskey of The Boston Globe.   Steward Health Care System and Mount Auburn Hospital join the 14...

What Forms Should Patient Access to Health Information Take?

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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 recent...

Health IT Design Improvements for Patient Health Literacy

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Communication is essential to effective patient engagement, but patients historically have had little input into how providers present information to them. The latest work on patient health literacy by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health...

Lawsuit Questions Electronic Health Record Sharing Costs

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With the advent of EHRs, the sharing of electronic medical records with patients has supposedly gotten easier. However, things get dicey when it comes to the price of procuring those records at the patient’s request. A recent class action...

Health IT Benchmarking Tool Gives New Insights to Providers

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As healthcare facilities continue adopting various health IT systems, the demand among CIOs and other IT professionals to see how their systems work in comparison to other practices has grown. To facilitate these insights, Impact Advisors and...

How Pharmacy Patient Engagement Boosted Medication Adherence

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Medication adherence is a critical part of chronic disease management, and yet is a major challenge for providers. However, pharmacies in Arkansas may have a solution to the medication adherence conundrum through the use of innovative patient...

More Patients Accessing Electronic Medical Records, Says ONC

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Healthcare consumers are accessing their electronic medical records at a growing rate, furthering the healthcare industry’s goal for increased EHR interoperability and health information exchange. A recent study by the Office of the National...

mHealth, Patient Portal Boom Increases Patient Engagement

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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 benefits...

Physician EHR Toolkits May Help Improve Quality Metrics

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EHR use provides many improvements to the quality of patient care, particularly with regard to care coordination between various providers. However, there still exists a hole in EHR capabilities for research and analytics. Demetrius M. Maraganore,...

Methods for Improving Patient Access to Health Information

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The latest hearing held by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) resulted in more than the call to delay Stage 3 Meaningful Use. It also provided numerous methods that federal legislators and healthcare organizations...

How EHR Portals Can Increase and Optimize Patient Engagement

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Patient engagement is an important buzzword for healthcare providers to know, said Marcia Cheadle, RN, in a recent EHRIntelligence.com webcast. In order for patient engagement to be effective, providers need to learn how to integrate patients...

One Barrier Stands in Way of Secure Electronic Messaging

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Secure electronic messaging between patients and providers has become a major goal of the healthcare industry in order to achieve higher levels of patient engagement. Since the HITECH Act was passed in 2009, the Office of the National Coordinator...

Physician Home Visits Expand Health IT and Portal Use

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Healthcare services can be difficult for certain sects of the patient population to obtain due to residing in more rural areas or being unable to find transportation to medical facilities. To solve this major issue, telemedicine capabilities...

Why EHR Interoperability is Vital for Accountable Care

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A major goal of the healthcare industry making headway since the HITECH Act was passed in 2009 is that of care coordination. In order to effectively transition patients between different healthcare settings and coordinate care among multiple...

Does Effective Patient Engagement Require a Mobile Approach?

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received sufficient pushback to propose reducing meaningful use requirements for patient engagement over the next few years, from five percent of patients to one single patient. A majority...

Are the Proposed Patient Engagement Objectives Going too far?

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) are showing inconsistent emphasis on patient engagement objectives under proposed meaningful use requirements. For example,...

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