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Exploring the Next Steps in Patient Data Access, Patient Health IT

June 11, 2018 - 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 incumbent. Healthcare technology is advancing in such a way that favors the patient, according to Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth...


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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, disease...

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...

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 from...

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...

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 fail to...

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...

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 veteran patient...

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 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...

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 extension of...

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 Research. Doing...

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 Moonshot...

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 seniors connect...

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 engagement...

Patient, Provider Views of Patient Engagement Technology Differ

by Sara Heath

Patients, providers, and technology vendors are not on the same page when it comes to patient engagement strategies and technologies, according to a report from KLAS released at this year’s HIMSS conference. The report, obtained via email,...

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 include...

Using NLP to Improve Patient Portal Use, Patient Health Literacy

by Sara Heath

Natural language processing (NLP) is a viable solution for patient portal use, a process that is often limited by low patient health literacy. NLP needs to be employed judiciously, with considerations for suboptimal term linking and algorithmic...

Epic Systems MyChart Patient Portal Tops 2018 Best in KLAS List

by Sara Heath

Epic Systems MyChart reigns as the top-rated patient portal vendor among healthcare professionals in the newly-released 2018 Best in KLAS rankings. The EHR and patient portal giant has kept its top spot since 2015, consistently averaging...

Can Hospital Patient Portal Use Boost Inpatient Outcomes Measures?

by Sara Heath

Patient portals might be better suited for chronic disease management and preventive measures, but that doesn’t mean the healthcare industry should ignore the tool’s potential for inpatient use, according to a group of researchers....

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