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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...

$12.5M Slated for PCORI Patient-Centered Research Projects

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The Patient-Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved $12.5 million for new patient-centered research projects, according to an organization statement. The funding goes toward the Patient-Powered Research Network demonstration projects,...

3 Benefits of Patient-Generated Health Data, Patient Engagement

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Through the current health technology boom amongst patients and the near-ubiquitous adoption of EHRs amongst providers, patient-generated health data has become an important aspect of patient engagement. As defined by the Office of the National...

AHIMA Patient Engagement Toolkit Emphasizes Health Data Access

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Promoting patient health data access is an important part of increasing patient engagement, said the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) in a newly released Patient Engagement Toolkit. The toolkit emphasizes the importance...

Reviewing Patient Access to Health Data Under HIPAA Privacy Rule

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While the healthcare industry is surely transitioning to a more patient-centric philosophy, emphasizing patient access to health data, it is also becoming more conscious of health data privacy. With health records being stored digitally, healthcare...

Patient Portal Adoption Rates Hinge on Age, Ethnicity

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When it comes to patient portal adoption rates, age and ethnicity seem to make a difference. In a recent study out of Kaiser Permanente Northern California, researchers Nancy P. Gordon, ScD, and Mark C Hornbrook, ScD, found that older patients...

Patient, Provider Opinions Diverge on Patient Health Data Access

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Patients are overwhelmingly in favor of full patient health data access via EHRs and patient portals, according to a recent Accenture survey, but providers don’t exactly feel the same way. The survey found that 92 percent of patients feel...

OCR Clarifies Patient Access to Health Info in HIPAA Rules

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In the wake of the Precision Medicine Initiative Summit held last week, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released a fact sheet regarding patient access to health information and patient rights under HIPAA guidelines. The Precision Medicine...

ONC Data Shows Disparities in Patient Access to Health Data

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Although EHR adoption is becoming more widespread and patient access to health data has seen tremendous growth in the past few years, there are still disparities amongst different patient populations. In the ONC’s latest data brief, the...

OpenNotes, CHIME Partner for Patient Access to Health Information

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OpenNotes, a project geared toward improving patient access to health information and patient engagement, is growing through a new partnership with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Announced as a part of President...

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