Meaningful Use: A Comprehensive Guide – Part III: Frequently Asked Questions

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As Meaningful Use Stage 2 was recently finalized, it is imperative that eligible practices and hospitals are ready to attest consequently receive the financial incentives. In Part I and Part II of this Meaningful Use Guide article series, we gave an overview of some important dates and changes, as well as a comprehensive look at […]

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Meaningful Use: A Comprehensive Guide – Part II: Final Rule on Stage 2’s Objectives and Measures

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Successfully attesting for CMS’s EHR Incentive Program Meaningful Use is essential for eligible providers and hospitals to avoid the financial penalties and instead collect the financial gains. However, it can be difficult to sort through the copious amounts of information in order to find some direction. Part one of our Meaningful Use Guide article series […]

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Meaningful Use: A Comprehensive Guide – Part I: Stage 1 and 2 Overview, Stage 2 Final Rule Major Changes, and Important Dates

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UPDATED 6/6/2016: Per recently proposed MACRA rules, this article was updated and a Part 4: Meaningful Use and MACRA was added. While modified Stage 2 Meaningful Use remains unchanged, we think it’s important to take MACRA into consideration. Last week, the financial importance of successfully attesting to Meaningful Use was discussed. The first part of […]

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How to Keep Your Doctor-Patient Relationship Healthy with Technology

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Although healthcare IT has transformed over the years, patients have held the same expectation: to be in the care a personable doctor who will communicate effectively and make health decisions that are in the patient’s best interest. However, doctors have constantly struggled to navigate the boundaries of a patient-doctor relationship and the use of new […]

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3 Ways Technology Can Increase Patient Engagement

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Last week in the article “The Patient Engagement Question”, we discussed the ambiguity surrounding “patient engagement.” Many medical professionals generally agree that the term refers to an increase in patient participation, cooperation, and collaboration in their healthcare. Today, anyone following the latest healthcare IT trends can recognize the importance of employing technology to encourage patients to take […]

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The Patient Engagement Question

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Patient engagement is a buzzword that has taken the healthcare industry by storm. The problem is that not only does it have various meanings in different contexts, but it is often a catch-all term for anything even remotely related to the patient experience. Blake Rodocker Business Development Manager at Bridge Patient Portal. Passionate about helping […]

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Confronting Caregiver Challenges Could Increase Patient Engagement

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According to a study at the Pew Research Center, 39% of Americans provide health care support for a dependent. Of those users, 59% stated that online resources have been very helpful. Physicians on top of trending healthcare information technology know that the key to high patient engagement lies in the effective use of a patient […]

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Don’t Breach HIPAA While Messaging & Texting Patients

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Secure messaging, video conferencing and social media are all useful communication tools for physicians in light of the accelerating digitization of the healthcare industry. Social media outlets, in particular, are a seductive alternative to traditional communication channels, such as email and telephone, as they allow users to be connected at a moment’s notice. Using services […]

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Using a Healthcare Patient Portal to Improve Communication, Drive Engagement

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Patient-provider communication is an integral component of patient care, and it is necessary for the promotion of patient engagement. Yet, seamless communication is often difficult to accomplish in the modern healthcare setting. In fact, once a patient leaves the physician’s office, communication oftentimes stops, and it doesn’t get picked up again until the patient has […]

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