Hospitals still failing to share medical records online

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A recent study conducted by researchers at Yale University found significant deficiencies among 83 of the nation’s largest hospitals and health systems in how they provide medical record access to their patient population. One might expect that this deficiency was limited to limitations with online medical record or patient portal access, but the study found […]

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Giving Up Control: Letting the Patient Drive The Care

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Today, a wide range of innovative personal and powerful mobile technologies are allowing us to take charge of our own health. We now have access to countless mobile apps and devices that compile data and offer various health-related solutions. And wearable technology – like fitness bands and smartwatches that can track our movement, heart rate […]

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What is Patient Engagement?

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Since the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, Meaningful Use (MU), in 2011, the term patient engagement has become nearly ubiquitous in US healthcare policy discussions. It is now the driving concept behind CMS’s proposed financial reimbursement paradigm shift that focuses on a move from fee for […]

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How Patient Engagement Can Reduce Costs and Improve Health Outcomes

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Patient engagement — involving your patients in their healthcare through education, information, and shared decision making — has a lot of potential for improving your outcome indicators and reducing costs. As a healthcare provider, you have a number of opportunities to achieve these positive results with your patients before, during, and after the appointment.  Utilizing […]

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Three Best Practices for Patient Engagement Technology Implementation

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Adopting even the best patient portal platform and patient engagement mobile app can be a challenge for many medical practices, both in terms of getting staff on board with the new software and encouraging patients to use it. This is often the case, despite the fact that patients are increasingly demanding access to their healthcare […]

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Why Telemedicine Has Failed

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Telemedicine, the use of technology for remote patient monitoring and medical consultations, is experiencing growing pains in the U.S. It’s a logical response to ballooning healthcare expenditures and an ever-increasing physician availability shortage. Integrated with patient portals, patient engagement mobile apps, remote patient monitoring software and health tracking apps, telemedicine is also part of a […]

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Utilizing HIPAA Compliant Patient Surveys to Optimize Patient Engagement and Increase Effectiveness of Post Visit Communication

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Having a post-visit communication plan can significantly improve patient outcomes by reducing the number of  emergency visits, decreasing the hospital re-admission rate, and improving chronic disease management.  Utilizing HIPAA compliant patient surveys is an excellent way for providers to gather post-visit information that enables them to monitor patient well being, verify medication adherence, and review […]

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4 Ways to Use Patient Engagement Technology to Boost Patient Engagement

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Patient engagement is a necessary element for the achievement of better quality of care and it is a critical component of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative to focus on quality of care.  CMS programs like the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, MACRA, are fundamentally changing the reimbursement matrix for healthcare […]

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How Patient Engagement Platforms Optimize Patient Centered Care

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By engaging patients and encouraging participation in their healthcare, organizations can ensure a greater number of health goals are met. Of course, patient engagement can be a challenge, but a successful plan starts with a realistic goal. Do you know what percent of patients your organization should initially attempt to engage through a patient engagement […]

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The Facts about HIPAA and Email/SMS Communication with Patients

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As more healthcare providers begin to use email and text (SMS) messaging to communicate with patients, concerns about the HIPAA Security Rule and how it applies to electronic messaging have increased as much as the confusion has. HIPAA law makes very few specific statements about what is and isn’t acceptable when it comes to electronic […]

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