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How Does Patient Health Literacy Affect Digital Health Use?

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Patients with high health literacy are more likely to use digital health tools than those with lower health literacy, finds a new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The study of nearly 5,000 adult patients first tested...

HHS Reviews Patient Data Access for National Health IT Week

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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...

Patient-Centered mHealth Design Drives Stronger Engagement

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In order to develop and test a patient-centered mHealth tool, researchers should employ an iterative design process to allow stakeholders to assess usability, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth. The study, led by Courtney...

mHealth Presents Opportunities for Improved Patient Engagement

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Patient engagement strategies may benefit from strong consumer interest in mHealth tools and growing opportunities for intelligent health management technologies.  According to a survey by communications firm Ketchum, the rise of mHealth...

Patient Portal Adoption Hinges on Unique Demographic Barriers

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Population demographics may be a significant influence when it comes to patient portal adoption, says a recent study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. The 12-month study investigated patient portal adoption among...

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

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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...

What Keeps Patients from Adopting Patient Portals, Health IT?

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Despite the fact that patient portals often receive industry praise, the technology also suffers from a number of user frustrations and critiques, according to a survey by EHR review firm Software Advice.  The poll shows that patients...

CommonWell Allows Patients to Access Individual Health Data

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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...

Patient Portal, PHR Adoption Varies Along Socioeconomic Lines

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Patient portal and personal health record (PHR) adoption is steadily increasing, although there may be differences in which demographic groups are adopting the tools the most. According to a study published in the American Journal of Managed...

Why Patient Education is Vital for Engagement, Better Outcomes

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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...

Top 3 Challenges Limiting Patient Access to Health Data

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Patient access to health data is an important component of patient engagement because it empowers patients with knowledge about their conditions and incorporates the patient as a partner in care. Access to health data isn’t only good for...

How Does Patient Portal Use Affect Various Patient Populations?

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New research indicates that low patient portal use rates in minority and poor patients may lead to overall poorer health. The study, led by researcher William Manard, MD, sought to determine if patient portal use can help patients lower their...

10M Patients Access Electronic Health Data through OpenNotes

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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...

ONC Awards Winners in Patient Health Data Access App Contest

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced its Phase 1 winners for an app challenge. This challenge prompted participants to develop apps to improve patient health data access on mobile devices. ONC...

Patient Access to Health Data, Portal Access Surges to 92%

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According to an American Hospital Association Trend Watch report, data exchange over electronic tools like patient portals and EHRs is on an upswing, boosting patient and provider communication and access to health data. In the report, AHA focuses...

Why Interoperability is Vital to Patient Access to Health Data

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The National Association for Trusted Exchange has added another new member in MediPortal, helping to drive patient-centered care and patient access to health data through interoperability. According to a press release, the two organizations have...

Which Patient Portal Features Deliver the Best Care Outcomes?

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If it seemed as though the healthcare industry is continuously touting the benefits of patient portal use on overall health and wellness, you wouldn’t be wrong. Study after study suggests that patients who use the portal are more engaged...

HIM Groups Partner with GetMyHealthData for Patient Data Access

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The process for patient data access may soon become easier, thanks to a new initiative from the GetMyHealthData campaign, sponsored by the National Partnership for Women and Families. According to a press release, several key industry stakeholders...

Patient Portal Adoption Still Slow Despite Proven Benefits

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While repeated studies indicate that use of the patient portal improves chronic disease management, patient engagement, and overall health, adoption rates still lag. In an effort to understand that phenomenon, a research team led by Alexander...

Cancer Moonshot Adds Patient-Centered Programs for Care Access

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At a summit meeting earlier this week, Vice President Joe Biden announced a series of initiatives within the Cancer Moonshot mission, including two aimed at boosting patient-centered healthcare by supporting patient access to care. According...

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