Patient Access to Health Information

How Online Medical Info Impacts Patient-Provider Relationships

November 19, 2018 - The slew of online medical information is impacting patient-provider relationships, according to a new survey from Merck Manuals. The survey of 240 family physicians found that patients are increasingly accessing online medical information and self-diagnosing using that information. This is resulting in increased patient-provider interactions, respondents said. Eighty-two percent of...

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by Sara Heath

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Limited Adoption Limits Patient Portal Decision Aid Efficacy

by Sara Heath

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Should Value-Based Care Measures Become Patient-Centric?

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry must make value-based care assessments more patient-centric, ensuring that value measures consider variables that are important to patients, stated a pair of industry leaders in a Health Affairs op-ed. As patients...

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by Sara Heath

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Patients Call for Better Info, Education on Cancer Treatments

by Sara Heath

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CMS Updates Quality Compare Sites for Patient Health Decisions

by Sara Heath

CMS has launched two new healthcare quality compare websites and will be implementing updates to several existing ones to better inform patients making health decisions, according to an agency blog post. The post, authored by CMS Acting...

CMS, AHRQ Launch New Medicare Patient Engagement Models

by Sara Heath

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Chronic Disease Management Apps for Teens Need Stakeholder Input

by Sara Heath

When creating chronic disease management apps for adolescent patients, it’s important for developers to keep parent and clinician opinions in mind, says a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. According to the...

How Can Providers Drive Patient Empowerment in Healthcare?

by Sara Heath

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