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VA Testimony Objects to Bill to Pilot Patient Data Access Device

August 6, 2018 - 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 Secretary for Benefits Paul R. Lawrence, PhD. The legislation in question, Modernization of Medical Records Access for Veterans Act of 2017, received...


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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...

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...

CMS Calls for Patient-Centered Data Access in New Agency Initiative

by Sara Heath

CMS will be putting patients at the center of healthcare decisions as a part of the Data Driven Patient Care Strategy, an offshoot of the MyHealtheData initiative, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced this week at the 9th annual Health...

Patient Portal Access, Use Reach 52% of Healthcare Consumers

by Sara Heath

Patient access to health data is continuously increasing, but there is still more opportunity for medical professionals to encourage better patient engagement with their own health data, according to a new ONC data brief about patient...

Apple Launches Health Records to Support Patient Data Access

by Sara Heath

Apple is getting in on the patient data access game with the launch of Health Records, an iPhone app that allows patients to view their own medical records and share those records with their providers. Health Records, which is an...

Patient, Provider Training Key for Patient Portal Use in Oncology

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations and medical systems need to create better patient education and provider training when implementing patient portals in oncology units, according to a new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet...

Seniors Want Patient Engagement Technology for Care Management

by Sara Heath

Fifty-nine percent of senior patients (age 55 and older) have concerns about their healthcare going forward, according to a recent survey conducted by Toluna on behalf of Alignment Healthcare. Patient engagement technology will help...

CMS Initiative Aims to Improve Patient Access to Health Data

by Sara Heath

Patient access to health data may become easier for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries as CMS launches several new initiatives aimed at putting patients at the center of their own care through seamless health data access. The initiatives...

CA Hospitals Partner for Patient Access to Patient Safety Data

by Sara Heath

The California Hospital Association (CHA), Hospital Quality Institute (HQI), and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) have all partnered to create an online database displaying patient safety data to help patients learn more about...

Patient Health Data Access Top-of-Mind in ONC Draft Framework

by Sara Heath

Patient health data access is a top priority in the draft version of the Trust Exchange Framework released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT last week. The Framework establishes a set of guidelines to foster health...

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