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VA Adopts Apple Health Records App for Patient Data Access

February 13, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has joined forces with Apple to offer patient data access through the Apple Health Records app. Apple Health Records leverages application programming interfaces (APIs) to allow participating healthcare organizations and hospital systems to integrate patient data and patient portal information into the smartphone app. The app also facilitates...


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Patient Education About Patient Portals Key for Self-Knowledge

by Sara Heath

Patient health literacy and knowledge about their own medical information leaves a lot to be desired, leading to calls for better patient education about patient portal and data access, according to a survey conducted by Kelton Global on...

Patients Satisfied with Apple Health Records, Data Access

by Sara Heath

Seventy-eight percent of patients are satisfied with Apple Health Records, the tech giant’s foray into EHR and patient engagement technology, according to data from the University of California San Diego. The data, published in a...

ONC: After EHR Adoption, Patient Data Access, Exchange Are Key

by Sara Heath

Although the US healthcare industry has nearly ubiquitously transitioned to EHRs and other electronic documentation, challenges remain for patient data access, according to the 2018 ONC Annual Report to Congress. The report, presented to...

As 2019 Nears, Experts Look to Consumer-Centric Health IT

by Sara Heath

As health IT professionals look at ahead to 2019, they should expect an ecosystem that is consumer-centric and that reflects the patient-centricity that so defines chronic disease and care management, according to Chris Zant, the digital...

VA Pushes Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety, Data Access

by Sara Heath

Two recent announcements out of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) highlight the agency’s push toward more patient-centered care, including improving patient safety and patient data access. The most recent announcement pertains...

HHS Issues RFI for HIPAA Improvements, Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a request for information (RFI) on how to improve HIPAA regulations that would foster patient-centered care, care coordination, and patient data access all while protecting patient...

Low Patient Portal Use Sparks Calls for Patient Tech Education

by Sara Heath

Despite strong incentives and provider attempts to the contrary, few patients are actually using the patient portal, according to new data from researchers at the University of Michigan. Patient portals, which rose in popularity after...

AHIMA, AMIA: HIPAA Overhaul Needed for Patient Data Access

by Sara Heath

Updates to HIPAA, the decades old statute that regulates the flow of patient health information, could enable better patient data access and engaged use of that data, according to the American Health Information Management Association...

Researchers Test Patient-Reported Outcomes Tools in Cancer Care

by Sara Heath

A group of researchers from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (D-H) will join medical professionals across the country to test the feasibility of integrating patient-reported outcomes (PROs) into cancer care plans. As a part of a...

Benefits of Patient Data Access Outweigh Provider Misgivings

by Sara Heath

Patient data access has taken center stage in the healthcare industry. Policymakers agree that full data access is a fundamental patient right. Providers assert that patients who access their own health information will be better informed...

Patient Engagement Key Healthcare Innovation Trend, CHIME Says

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations are making improvements in patient portal optimization and inpatient patient engagement tools, but more work needs to be done to personalize the patient experience, according to the CHIME Most Wired Trends...

Health Systems Boost Patient Data Access with Apple Health Records

by Sara Heath

Henry Ford Health System has joined the ranks of healthcare providers offering patient data access through the Apple Health Records app. The app allows patients to view their own medical records through an iPhone system. Patients may also...

Patient Portal Use Low in Chronic Care Patient Populations

by Sara Heath

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...

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...

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