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Transparent Provider Communication Key for OpenNotes Success

April 5, 2017 - Does patient access to clinician notes – a movement known as OpenNotes – help or hinder the patient provider relationship? That depends on what the notes say and the strength of provider communication, according to a research team from the Veterans Affairs Portland Health Care System. The study was published in the journal Psychiatric Services and included qualitative interviews...


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Transparent Provider Communication Key for OpenNotes Success

by Sara Heath

Does patient access to clinician notes – a movement known as OpenNotes – help or hinder the patient provider relationship? That depends on what the notes say and the strength of provider communication, according to a research team...

Targeted Approach Key for Older Adult Patient Portal Adoption

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations need patient portal adoption campaigns tailored to older patients to create a more robust portal buy-in, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. This is necessary regardless of a patient’s...

Supporting Patients in HIPAA Compliant Health Data Access

by Sara Heath

Patient heath data access is key to meaningful patient engagement, helping to empower patients in healthcare decision-making and self-management. However, ensuring patient access to their own medical records is often easier said than done. Recent...

Patient Portal Use Lagging Despite Strong Provider Support

by Sara Heath

Although most healthcare organizations offer patients access to their individual health records, less than one-third of patients look at that data on the patient portal, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO)....

5 Patient-Centered Strategies to Improve Patient Safety

by Sara Heath

Patient safety is a key aspect of patient-centered care and is tied to the patient experience and health outcomes. However, all too often healthcare professionals view patient safety and patient-centered care as two different issues. Clinicians...

AHIMA Reviews the Basics of HIPAA Compliant Patient Data Access

by Sara Heath

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has posted a slideshow and report guiding patients through the proper process of  obtaining their medical records from their providers and navigating HIPAA privacy regulations....

Patient-Generated Health Data Discussions Increase Engagement

by Sara Heath

 Despite strong beliefs that patient-generated health data (PGHD) helps improve patient engagement, both patients and providers cite barriers to integrating the data into office visits, according to a survey presented at this year’s...

Health Data Exchange Falling Short of Patient Expectations

by Sara Heath

Patients think health data access between multiple disparate providers is critical to quality healthcare, according to a recent survey, but that reality is not yet realized. The survey, conducted by Humana subsidiary Transcend Insights, found...

Patient Portal Use Growing as Engagement Efforts Take Priority

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement is on the rise as a result of a significant increase in patient portal availability and adoption, according to a survey from CDW Healthcare. The survey of 200 chronic care patients and 200 providers shows that patients are...

Despite EHR Adoption, Patients Still Face Record Copying Fees

by Sara Heath

Despite widespread EHR adoption and regulations limiting copying fees, patients still face financial and administrative barriers to health data access, contends a group of authors in a recent JAMA Internal Medicine viewpoint. These barriers often...

Arguing for Patient Data Access Amidst Provider Pushback

by Sara Heath

When OpenNotes came onto the healthcare scene in 2011, it introduced the fairly innovative concept of allowing patients to have full access to their clinicians’ notes. Physicians questioned whether this was the right or responsible approach...

How Patient Data Access, Education Improve Patient Safety

by Sara Heath

Adverse patient safety events continue to plague the healthcare industry, with government agencies reporting as many as one in ten patients experiencing harm during treatment. And as patient safety becomes tied to the overall patient experience,...

OpenNotes, Patient Feedback Tools Improve Patient Safety

by Sara Heath

A new study from OpenNotes shows that offering patients a method to engage with physician notes and offer feedback on what they see can help improve care outcomes and patient safety. The researchers introduced a feedback tool to 41 physicians...

Patient Preferences Key to HIE Patient Access to Health Data

by Sara Heath

Although some healthcare professionals and federal policymakers tout the importance of patient portals and meeting view, download, and transmit benchmarks, these methods may fall short of effectively boosting patient access to health data. According...

HHS Reviews Patient Data Access for National Health IT Week

by Sara Heath

HHS is helping patients celebrate National Health IT Week by providing education about their patient data access rights. In a patient-facing video, HHS illustrates the importance of accessing health data and reviews the agency’s actions...

69% of Hospitals Give Patients View, Download, Transmit Access

by Sara Heath

More providers than ever are offering full health data access to their patients, according to a new ONC data brief. The brief shows that view, download, and transmit (VDT) capabilities for patients have surged since 2013, when only 10 percent...

Groups Urge Robust Patient Engagement in Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) and two dozen other industry groups are urging CMS  to maintain robust patient engagement requirements as a part of Stage 3 meaningful use, according to a press release. In a letter to HHS Secretary...

CommonWell Allows Patients to Access Individual Health Data

by Sara Heath

The CommonWell Health Alliance has  officially opened up its services to allow individual patient access to health data via its platform, meeting one of the primary goals of the interoperability and data sharing coalition. “From the...

Why Patient Education is Vital for Engagement, Better Outcomes

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry has made many efforts to become more patient-centric, especially through its push for better patient engagement. However, in order to improve patient engagement, providers need to understand patient education. Patient...

10M Patients Access Electronic Health Data through OpenNotes

by Sara Heath

Ten million patients are seeing their provider’s notes through OpenNotes, granting them greater access to their electronic health data and driving greater patient empowerment. According to a public statement, the OpenNotes initiative has...

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