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Low Patient Portal Use Sparks Calls for Patient Tech Education

December 7, 2018 - 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 their inclusion in the EHR Incentive Programs and later in MACRA regulations, are known as the bedrock of patient engagement technology. These tools...


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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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