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VA Patient Appointment Schedule Tool Receives GAO Approval

June 18, 2018 - The VA’s patient appointment scheduling system meets all of the standards outlined in the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, according to an analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The analysis reviewed a pilot project for patient self-scheduling systems at VA. That pilot was mandated by the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, a piece of legislation penned to address...


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Patient Rounding Tech Gains Popularity, Boosts Patient Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

Patient rounding tools are on the rise, as healthcare organizations go digital while looking for strategies to streamline hospital management and improve patient satisfaction, according to a recent KLAS report. Patient rounding calls on providers...

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 has become...

Patient Billing, Financial Responsibility Frustrates 70% of Patients

by Sara Heath

Despite increasing patient financial responsibility and healthcare costs, the medical industry is still not leveraging the best strategies for assisting patient billing, according to a new survey from InstaMed. The Trends in Healthcare Payments...

Ascension Unveils Nationwide Online Appointment Scheduling Campaign

by Sara Heath

Ascension has launched a nationwide patient outreach and advertising campaign set to market the health system’s online appointment scheduling systems. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the online appointment scheduling system Ascension...

Using Text Messages to Boost Patient Outreach in Specialty Care

by Sara Heath

Confirming appointments, sending clinic reminders, and other elements of patient outreach have been the bedrock of patient engagement for some time. As healthcare organizations focus on patient wellness, they are picking up the phone to make...

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 old...

What Are the Top Barriers to Patient Portal Adoption, Use?

by Sara Heath

As a fundamental patient engagement technology with numerous reimbursement payments tied to its adoption, providers have long searched for the secret sauce to facilitate high patient portal use. Medical professionals not only aim to meet meaningful...

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 (AHRQ)....

Can Clinicians Test Patient Health Literacy in Patient Portal Use?

by Sara Heath

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School have developed a tool to help healthcare professionals test digital patient health literacy, as reported in a new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Patient...

Change Healthcare Partnership to Round Out Good Patient Experiences

by Sara Heath

Change Healthcare has joined forces with Adobe and Microsoft to streamline different patient touchpoints and optimize the patient experience, the companies announced at this year’s HLTH conference in Las Vegas, NV. The collaboration will...

What Is the Role of Connected Health in Patient Engagement?

by Sara Heath

As healthcare technology continues to permeate the medical industry, experts are continuing to evaluate how connected health tools can impact patient engagement and the overall patient experience. As noted in a 2013 study in the International...

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 leverage...

Interoperability, APIs Critical for Effective Patient Portal Use

by Sara Heath

Better health IT interoperability and application programming interface (API) use are essential for making the most out of the patient portal and other patient engagement technology, according to ONC head Don Rucker, MD. In a recent ONC blog...

Patient Engagement Technology, EHRs Influence Patient Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

Use of patient engagement technology, access to full medical records via EHRs, and other digital communication tools are a significant determinants of high patient satisfaction, according to a recent survey from Black Book. Specifically, the...

Improvements Needed for Patient Engagement Apps, Health Behavior

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals and mHealth app designers must identify ways to make medication adherence apps produce improvements in wellness measures, indicates a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Currently,...

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 technology...

How Do mHealth, Mobile Health Devices Impact Patient Satisfaction?

by Sara Heath

Mobile health devices and mHealth initiatives are strongly correlated with higher patient satisfaction scores, according to a recent survey conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Jamf. The survey of over 600 health IT professionals in Europe...

Patient Relationship Management Tools Emerging Health Technology

by Sara Heath

Patient relationship management (PRM) tools are slated to become increasingly popular has medical groups continue to drive patient-centered care, according to a new market report from Chilmark Research. With healthcare’s shift toward more...

Lyft Partnership to Support Ambulatory Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

A new partnership between Acuity Link and Lyft will enable better patient access to care in the ambulatory, outpatient setting. Acuity Link is a non-emergency medical transportation provider with goals to over come transportation as a major social...

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