How Can I Increase Patient Portal Usage?

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Determining how to increase patient engagement is becoming important within physician practices. If a practice wants to successfully attest to Meaningful Use Stage 2 as part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs it will need to prove that patients are actively engaged in using their patient portal. Here are some tips for getting […]

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Patient Engagement: the Buzzword Revolutionizing Healthcare

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If you are in healthcare, you have likely heard of the latest buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongues: patient engagement. It refers to the process by which patients become active partners in their health. Ever since CMS made it the main focus of Meaningful Use Stage 2, it has become one of the things […]

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Four Factors to Consider Before Purchasing a Patient Portal

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Many patient portal vendors employ strategies to help physicians meet Meaningful Use requirements; however, their software does not necessarily present an efficient or effective way for patients to access to their electronic health records. Some patient portals, for example, only support medical billing exchanges and don’t provide clinical information. Others provide a standard patient portal […]

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How Effective Is Your Medical Website?

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Your healthcare organization’s website may be getting a good amount of traffic, but are people taking action once they’re there? If you haven’t figured out how to capitalize on the traffic your website gets, you could be missing out on thousands of dollars in easy-to-capture revenue each year – and that’s just a modest estimate. […]

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The Key to Healthcare Interoperability Is Open Platforms

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Helathcare interoperability has become a hot topic in the world of health IT – yet due to its inherent complexity, it remains the biggest hurdle to efficient and effective use of communication across a broad spectrum of systems and solutions. Whether healthcare organizations are using EMRs, telemedicine, patient portals, mHealth or EMPIs, it is necessary […]

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Want Patient Engagement? Give Patients Access to Their Health Histories Online

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) stipulates that patients must be permitted to review and amend their medical records. As online patient portals and other information technologies make medical records more accessible to patients, it is going to become more commonplace for patients to review their records routinely. Allowing patients easy electronic access […]

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Automated Appointment Requests Will Save Your Healthcare Practice Time

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How many times per week does your office receive appointment requests from patients? Although some physicians and hospital administrators may have an idea, most don’t know the answer to this question. Estimates range from 30 to 50 for small practices to more than 500 for large hospitals. Regardless of what the actual number is, it […]

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Three Tips for Promoting Your Patient Gateway Portal

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“If you build it, will they come?” Most discussions these days about patient portals and attaining Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria are centered around the technical aspects. But while a patient portal provides a gateway for communication and is a great way to engage patients, it doesn’t ensure that patients will sign up or make […]

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Creating a Successful Patient Engagement Strategy

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Communication is an integral component of patient engagement, but it isn’t easy to accomplish – particularly due to the fact that people communicate, process and interpret interactions differently. There are some ways, however, to overcome communication barriers. Healthcare professionals need to understand that successful patient engagement strategies require patience. In fact, developing a successful strategy, […]

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Welcome to the Patient Engagement Blog

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We’re excited to be launching the Bridge Patient Portal Patient Engagement Blog! The blog will be a useful source of information for physician practices, hospitals, telemedicine businesses and other healthcare organizations regarding patient engagement, patient portal software, other healthcare technologies, and more. We’ll be updating the blog with articles and news stories frequently, so check back to see what’s new!

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