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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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What Is the Future for Patient Engagement Technology, Health IT?

by Sara Heath

Health IT has long been considered integral to the push for better patient engagement, with healthcare experts asserting that technology will improve the patient experience through seamless data access, care management, and patient...

Patient Portal Adoption Tops 90%, But Strong Patient Use Is Needed

by Sara Heath

Patient portal adoption has become nearly ubiquitous across the country, according to a recent Stat Poll from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). The survey of nearly 1,800 respondents showed that 90 percent of healthcare...

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...

Patient Engagement Technology Comes to Forefront in Healthcare

by Sara Heath

The healthcare market is ripe for an insurgence of patient engagement technologies that help connect patients to their healthcare, according to a recent market report from the International Data Corporation (IDC). The report, which...

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...

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...

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...

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...

VA Tool Improves Patient Access to Health Data, Medical Images

by Sara Heath

The VA has launched a new system for patient access to health data and medical images, thus allowing patients to stake a larger claim in their own healthcare. The system, called the VA Medical Images and Reports, will be embedded in...

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...

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...

Biden: Federal Action Needed for Patient Access to Health Data

by Sara Heath

Vice President Joe Biden is calling on federal health leaders to identify specific strategies for enforcing better patient access to health data. In an op-ed published this week in Fortune, the former leader of the White House Cancer...

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...

Recapping HIMSS18 Patient Engagement Technology News

by Sara Heath

At the HIMSS18 conference, it seems as though all healthcare professionals could talk about was patient engagement. Between industry leaders’ vows to better support patient access to health data to launches of innovative patient...

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