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Outdated as of May 2021. This article is outdated. Please find our updated resource that explains the current MACRA / MIPS / Meaningful Use regulations.  Patient engagement is a buzzword that’s been flying around for a while. In case you’re not familiar with it, here are a few industry definitions. “The process…

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With goods and services increasingly moving online, healthcare organizations are beginning to adopt supporting technologies to help improve patient experiences and treatment outcomes. Telehealth and patient portal technologies are two of the solutions that are getting more use among healthcare providers – and they have opened up the door to…

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A recent study by Aeffect and 88 Brand Partners showed that patients who use electronic medical records are substantially more satisfied with their physicians overall. They also tend to be more satisfied when it comes to different areas of their care. Across the board, satisfaction rates across all 8 categories were…

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As a provider of patient portal, SaaS software and hosting solutions to the medical industry, we get asked this question a lot. Unfortunately, there’s very little information available on the internet that addresses this specific issue – and what does exist is generally false or a part of a sales…

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Introducing new technologies to streamline time-consuming processes can help your healthcare organization boost its bottom line by making more efficient use of your employees’ time. These simple recommendations will help you increase productivity, optimize operations and improve patient satisfaction. 1. Implement a patient portal. Online healthcare portals don’t just provide benefits…

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As practices and hospitals migrate from paper forms to e-forms, they are looking for ways to automate and store patient records electronically and move them into their EMRs. Electronic patient intake forms offer a way to do this, and they deliver a high return on investment as well. The benefits of utilizing intake…

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This article applies to Covered Entities (any health care provider, health plan, or health care clearinghouse) and Business Associates (any person or entity that creates, receives, maintains, or transmits protected health information on behalf of a covered entity). With new HIPAA regulations and enforcement procedures having taken effect last year,…

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The patient portal market has grown significantly, but it is still in its infancy stage and is evolving every day. As the market continues to mature, there is a growing debate as to whether patient portal adoption will be driven more by patient or provider demand. Let’s take a look…

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Healthcare is changing – and we’re not just talking about payment and care delivery models. Healthcare marketing tactics are also evolving, and it has to do with how people make decisions about their care. Patients are moving away from relying heavily on doctor referrals and from simply visiting healthcare facilities…

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Healthcare organizations have different needs and look for varying patient portal features and functionalities. Still, there are many features that provide real value all-around – both in terms of patient satisfaction and in their ability to help physicians streamline workflow and save time. These are the top three patient portal features…