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OpenNotes, AMDIS Deal Fosters Patient Access to Health Data

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OpenNotes has forged a new partnership with the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) to help improve the transparency of physician notes within patient-facing technologies, and to boost patient access to health data....

Top 3 Factors Driving Patient-Centered Healthcare Initiatives

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When it comes to patient-centered healthcare and shifting away from reactionary medicine, providers and patients need to keep three key factors in mind: patient access to healthcare, care coordination, and patient technology adoption. A recent...

What Consumer Characteristics Predict High Health Literacy?

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Patients who manage chronic illnesses, have more experience with the healthcare industry, and higher education levels tend to have higher health literacy, says a recent article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Lead researcher Mary...

Opt-In HIE Fuels Patient Access to Health Data, Satisfaction

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HealthlinkNY has established an opt-in method by which patients can choose to share their health data via the state’s health information exchange, boosting patient and provider access to health data and patient satisfaction, according to...

ONC Tools Review Patient Health Data Access under HIPAA Rule

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a series of patient-facing videos detailing patient health data access rights and regulations under HIPAA, says an ONC blog post. Patient access to health...

Providers Would Like Changes to OpenNotes, Patient Data Access

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Although up to 90 percent of providers think patient access to health data through programs like OpenNotes is a good idea, there are still several kinks in the program that must be worked out in order to enhance patient care, says an article...

Why Most Patients at VCU Health Approve of the Patient Portal

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While healthcare professionals often hear that patient portals are critical to boosting patient engagement and improving care quality, they may wonder if patients really value these tools.   According to Susan Wolver, MD, associate professor...

Do Online Patient Education Tools Improve Senior Healthcare?

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Online patient education tools are important platforms to help enhance senior health and patient education, shows a new study published in JMIR Human Factors. According to the research team, led by Anthony J. Levinson, MSc, MD, FRCPC, many of...

How Patient Portal Assessments Can Improve Patient Engagement

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Patient portals may be an effective tool for facilitating patient engagement and subsequent patient wellness, but there are several adjustments technology developers can make to these tools to make them even more useful  for patient and...

Can Patient Portal Interventions Improve Flu Vaccination Rates?

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Although the height of flu season is winding down, researchers are working on patient engagement strategies through patient portal interventions to promote flu vaccination going forward. In a recent article published in the Journal of Medical...

Patient Portal Benefits Extend Beyond Patients to Providers

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Healthcare professionals regularly tout the patient-centered benefits of patient portal adoption, but for Cerner’s director and general manager of member engagement Zach Wood, portals are more of a mutually beneficial perk. In a recent...

Only 20% of Patients Use EHR Access to Make Medical Decisions

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While sixty percent of patients have EHR access through the patient portal, very few actually use it to make medical decisions, states a new survey from HealthMine. The poll of 500 patients revealed that 55 percent only use their EHR access to...

Why Aren’t Patient Portals Used as Conversation Starters?

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Most patients use patient portal summaries to get access to their health information, and not necessarily to engage with their physicians about their care, a recent study showed. While industry experts tout patient portals’ ability to start...

How Secure Direct Messaging Lowers Out-of-Pocket Patient Costs

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Better communication through secure direct messaging may be the key to helping patients navigating an increasingly financially rigorous healthcare industry. Patients are facing the surge of high deductible health plans, incurring on them higher...

What Keeps Providers from Using Patient-Generated Health Data?

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Patient-generated health data may have several reported patient engagement and empowerment benefits, but lingering issues may prohibit providers from actually using patients’ data. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical...

Mount Sinai Adopts OpenNotes to Expand Patient Data Access

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The OpenNotes initiative, which allows greater patient data access, has expanded to Mount Sinai Health System, according to a public statement. Launching the program at their New York City-based Primary Care Associates of the Mount Sinai Doctors...

VA Boosts Patient Access to Care, Engagement Strategies

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The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) is boosting veteran’s access to care by improving its patient engagement strategies, according to David J. Shulkin, MD, VA’s undersecretary for health. During the Association for Healthcare...

What are the Pros and Cons of Patient-Generated Health Data?

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As the healthcare landscape changes shape, focusing more on patient-centered outcomes and more efficient use of services, it is important that providers engage the patient as a member of the care team and make joint treatment decisions.  ...

Personal Health Record Adoption Rates Exceed MU Requirements

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Patient preferences for engagement tools, such as personal health records, may be outpacing meaningful use’s patient engagement requirements, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The study,...

Do Patients Actually Find Access to Physician Notes Useful?

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Healthcare professionals regularly discuss the benefits of patient access to physician notes, stating that the transparency it provides is beneficial to improving patient engagement and patient-provider communication. However, as the healthcare...

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