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Patient Portal Use Low in Chronic Care Patient Populations

October 22, 2018 - Despite going through the steps of patient portal registration, 35 percent of chronic care patients have never used the technology, according to new data from the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing. Although medical professionals aim to facilitate strong patient portal adoption and use in all patient populations, experts agree that the tool is especially important and...


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Record Copying Fees, Admin Hurdles Harm Patient Data Access

by Sara Heath

As a part of their calls for overall better patient engagement, healthcare industry professionals say medical practices need to offer easy and streamlined patient data access. HIPAA protocol has made it so practice administrators need to...

Patients Assert Patient Matching Key to Better Health Data Use

by Sara Heath

Patients largely agree that patient matching is an urgent issue and threat to patient safety, but have some security concerns about strategies for overcoming patient matching, according to a new report from Pew Charitable...

Understanding the Patient’s Role in Addressing Patient Matching

by Sara Heath

Patients may have a key role to play in the healthcare industry’s pursuit of addressing patient matching and health data exchange challenges, according to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. With the industry well on its...

New Tool to Simplify Patient Data Access, Medical Records Request

by Sara Heath

A group of healthcare industry stakeholders have developed the Health Records Request Wizard, a tool aimed at allowing seamless patient data access. The tool, whose prototype was announced at last week’s Biden Cancer Summit, seeks...

Revamping Patient-Reported Outcomes for Medicare Advantage Plans

by Sara Heath

Using patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data could be a better measure for risk adjustment payments for Medicare Advantage plans, but better strategies for collecting PRO data must first be developed, according to a recent report from the...

Can Patient Verification, mHealth Apps Improve Patient Matching?

by Sara Heath

mHealth app information and patient verification may be the keys to solving the healthcare industry’s patient matching problem, according to a recent report from the RAND Corporation. Patient matching is the connecting of the...

VA Testimony Objects to Bill to Pilot Patient Data Access Device

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs is coming out against proposed legislation that would require the agency to pilot a digital device that would enable patient data access and data exchange, according to recent testimony from VA Under...

CMS Adds CHIO Position to Support Patient Engagement Tech Push

by Sara Heath

CMS will be adding a chief health informatics officer (CHIO) to its leadership team in an effort to support the agency’s patient engagement and health IT initiatives, according to a blog post from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. This...

Cleveland Clinic Taps Apple Health Records for Patient Portal Data

by Sara Heath

The Cleveland Clinic has joined the ranks of hospitals and health systems across the country to make patient portal data available via the Apple Health Records app. The move will improve patient access to health data, a key ingredient in...

Patients, Providers Cite Health IT as Patient Experience Driver

by Sara Heath

The future of healthcare is digital, with more healthcare organizations recognizing the role health IT can play in improving patient engagement and the patient experience, according to a recent Ernst & Young digital health survey. The...

Exploring the Next Steps in Patient Data Access, Patient Health IT

by Sara Heath

Healthcare technology continues to loom large as a key part of the present-day healthcare puzzle. But as medical professionals employ EHRs and other tools to ideally make their jobs easier, the question of supporting patient data access...

Apple Releases Health Records API for Patient Data Sharing

by Sara Heath

Apple has launched its Health Records application programming interface (API) allowing consumers to share patient data from third-party apps with their providers. The API is now open for developers interested in medication management,...

Patient Portal Adoption for Older Adult Patients Reaches 50%

by Sara Heath

Patient portal adoption rates are lagging among older patient populations, revealed a survey conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. The survey of just over 2,000 patients ages 50 to 80 years...

Health Record Copying Fees May Hinder Patient Health Data Access

by Sara Heath

High record copying fees and other out-of-pocket costs may be a deterrent for patient health data access, with some providers charging fees for chronically ill patients or third parties that are prohibitive, according to a recent report...

Why Consumers Need Info About Diabetes Self-Management Apps

by Sara Heath

Despite the plethora of diabetes self-management apps on the mHealth market, research regarding app efficacy for chronic disease management is left wanting, according to a recent study from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality...

Outlook Is Promising for Apple Health Records, Patient Data Access

by Sara Heath

Most of the Apple Health Records early adopters have high hopes that the fruit will deliver better patient engagement and patient data access, according to a new KLAS performance report. However, there is room for pitfalls should Apple...

Allscripts Acquires HealthGrid to Enhance Patient Engagement Tools

by Sara Heath

EHR vendor Allscripts has acquired HealthGrid, a provider of enterprise patient engagement solutions that help connect patients with their providers. The acquisition, which should be complete by the end of the second quarter of 2018, will...

Google, Fitbit Partnership to Boost Wearable Technology, Data Use

by Sara Heath

Google and Fitbit will now partner to deliver enhanced patient engagement technology and wearable tech use. The move will connect patient-generated health data with patient medical records, the two companies stated. The partnership will...

CMS Calls for Stakeholder Input on MyHealtheData Initiative

by Sara Heath

CMS has issued a request for information (RFI) about its MyHealtheData program, which was announced earlier this year at the HIMSS18 conference. MyHealtheData calls for better patient access to health data and health IT...

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