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Health Record Copying Fees May Hinder Patient Health Data Access

May 16, 2018 - 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 the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO report did not identify how many patients decline access to their own medical records due to cost....


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

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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

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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)....

Outlook Is Promising for Apple Health Records, Patient Data Access

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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?

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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

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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...

Verma: Value-Based Care Must Drive Patient-Centered Care

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Reducing administrative burden in value-based care models and allowing providers to focus on patient-centered care are key priorities at CMS, said agency Administrator Seema Verma in an address at this year’s American Hospital Association...

Allscripts Acquires HealthGrid to Enhance Patient Engagement Tools

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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 allow...

What Is the Role of Connected Health in Patient Engagement?

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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

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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

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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...

Improvements Needed for Patient Engagement Apps, Health Behavior

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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

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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...

Patient Engagement Low in Patient-Centered Research Protocol

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Medical research needs to better measure patient-centered outcomes and include more patient engagement efforts during study design, according to research to be presented at the National Kidney Foundation 2018 Spring Clinical Meetings. The survey...

ONC Issues Guidebook for Patient Access to Health Information

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HHS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has issued a new guidebook to assist patient access to health information. This playbook comes as a part of the HHS and CMS MyHealthEData initiative. The ONC Guide to Getting...

Patient Relationship Management Tools Emerging Health Technology

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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...

Apple Launches Health Records to Support Patient Data Access

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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

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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...

Patient Recall Suffers as Patients Remember Half of Health Info

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Patients only remember about 49 percent of the information their doctors give them without prompting, highlighting shortcomings with patient recall that can negatively impact patient activation, shows a study out of Brown University School of...

Nurses Must Be Involved in Patient Health Literacy Support

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The American Academy of Nursing is calling on nurses to better support patient education and patient health literacy as a part of the organization’s annual policy brief. “Health literacy is a precursor to health and achievement of...

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