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Patients Accessing Patient Portal Lab Results Need Clinician Notes

December 13, 2017 - Clinicians need to add lab result interpretations to patient portal notes when patients access their own lab results, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. This will help patients better understand their health data and reduce patient stress when accessing labs. Patient portals, among other things, have revolutionized how patients...


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Is OurNotes the Next Step for OpenNotes, Patient Data Access?

by Sara Heath

Many across the healthcare industry are familiar with OpenNotes, the nationwide movement to grant patient data access to view clinician notes. Now, the researchers behind OpenNotes have developed OurNotes, a similar philosophy that also allows...

OpenNotes, AMIA Partnership to Improve Patient Data Access

by Sara Heath

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and OpenNotes have officially joined forces to expand and support patient data access across the country. The partnership, announced at AMIA’s 2017 Annual Symposium, will support OpenNotes’...

FDA: Medical Device Orgs Must Offer Patient Access to Health Data

by Sara Heath

FDA has issued final guidance to authorized medical device manufacturers, clarifying that it is acceptable for those manufacturers to open patient access to health data for those patients who request access. The guidance states that medical device...

What are Facilitators and Barriers to Older Patient Portal Use?

by Sara Heath

Patients over the age of 65 have security and usability concerns that limit patient portal use, but having a doctor or family member help them with the tool can be a portal facilitator, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Internet...

Patient Access to Health Data, Patient Portal Use Increases

by Sara Heath

Patient access to health data is becoming a lot easier, but according to experts from AHIMA there is still some work to be done. In a survey presented at AHIMA’s 89th Annual Convention & Exhibit, researchers discussed the growing prevalence...

How HIPAA Regulations Can Encourage Caregiver, Family Engagement

by Sara Heath

Being a patient does not have to be a solo experience. Many patients benefit from caregiver and family engagement - and many providers encourage collaborative decision-making.   While HIPAA regulations exist to secure the rights of...

4 Pros and Cons of Digital Patient Health Data Access

by Sara Heath

Patient health data access is a generally accepted patient engagement strategy that helps to empower patients through improved health literacy and integration into the care team. Healthcare providers are acting on patient data access, with nearly...

AHIMA Form Standardizes Patient Health Data Access Requests

by Sara Heath

The American Healthcare Informatics Management Association (AHIMA) has released a standardized model for patient health data access requests in an effort to streamline the process, according to an organization statement emailed to journalists....

ONC Offers Improvements for Patient Medical Records Requests

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations must develop and communicate clear protocol for patient medical records requests, according to the ONC. In a recent report, the agency explained that although patients can view their health data via the patient portal,...

OpenNotes Sparks Patient-Centered Mental Health Treatment

by Sara Heath

OpenNotes and patient data access have caused a shift toward patient-centered mental health treatment that providers are acutely aware of, according to recent research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. OpenNotes – the...

Exploring Patients’ Roles in Chronic Illness Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

Strong care coordination is one of the core necessities for effective chronic disease management. Patients managing a chronic illness are confronted with a plethora of health information, often coming from multiple different specialists and primary...

Patient-Generated Health Data Bolsters Preventive Care Orders

by Sara Heath

Patient-generated health data (PGHD) and lifestyle information is a useful addition to EHRs and helps clinicians create tailored preventive care plans for patients, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family...

OpenNotes Honored for Driving Patient Health Data Access

by Sara Heath

The OpenNotes team has been recognized for its work in supporting patient health data access, being presented with the Health Data Liberator Award from AcademyHealth at this year’s Health Datapalooza. Led by co-founders Tom Delbanco, MD,...

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....

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