Patient Engagement

Regarding Readmissions, One Healthcare Leader Says Hospitals Are Missing the Obvious

October 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
In an effort to reduce avoidable readmissions, many patient care organizations have been implementing post-discharge planning programs. But according to one healthcare expert, this approach is only part of the solution.

AMA’s Letter Outlines Recommendations for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use

October 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The American Medical Association (AMA) sent a letter this week to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) with recommendations for Stage 3 of meaningful use.

Washington Debrief: ONC Highlights Interoperability in Annual Report

October 14, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) filed their annual report to Congress this week, touting an enhanced focus on interoperability, citing the 10-year road map currently under development.

Military Healthcare System: Above Average in Doctor-Patient Secure Messaging

October 10, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Military Healthcare System (MHS) is average in many areas but not when it comes to electronic secure messaging, a recently released 90-day review revealed.

Hey Physicians, There’s No Getting Away from Emailing Patients

October 10, 2014     Gabriel Perna
A new study in Health Affairs confirms what we’ve known for a while. Physicians should consider secure electronic communications with patients as part of their job description.

One Hospital’s Readmissions Reduction Intervention: Strong Program, Little Impact

October 9, 2014     John DeGaspari
A recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco demonstrates how difficult it is to reduce readmissions—especially given the diverse patient populations served by safety-net hospitals with limited resources. In a telephone interview,...

Study: Discussing Portals During PCP Visit Can Increase Patient Engagement

October 7, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Directly engaging patients to use an online portal in the primary care setting can help such practices match or potentially surpass the portal usage rates achieved by large health systems, according to a study in Annals of Family Medicine.

Emergency Physicians Find their Telemedicine Niche

October 4, 2014     John DeGaspari
Given the high cost of a typical emergency room visit, it’s a significant fact that most of ED visits are for minor medical conditions that can be diagnosed and treated virtually. That happens to be the business niche of one provider of telemedicine services.

Tweet Chat Recap: CHIME, HCI, Others Discuss Meaningful Use

October 3, 2014     Gabriel Perna and Megan Combs
On Oct. 2, 2014, Healthcare Informatics and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) co-hosted a Twitter chat on meaningful use. A lively bunch group discussed the recent final Stage 2 flexibility rule released by the Centers for...

Report: Digital Health Funding to Nearly Double in 2014

October 1, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Digital health funding in the third quarter of 2014 nearly doubled over the same period last year, from $946 million to $1.7 billion, according to a new report from the StartUp Health, a New York City-based global platform dedicated to helping healthcare...

Stage 2 Attestations: Mount Carmel Vaults Over the MU Bar

September 30, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
In Part 2 of a two-part series profiling healthcare organizations that have attested to Stage 2 of meaningful use, Mount Carmel’s chief clinical information officer discusses how the organization is moving to an integrated care delivery model.

Moving the Collections Process Up Front

September 30, 2014     John DeGaspari
If there is one constant in the ever-changing world of U.S. healthcare, it’s that there is a huge squeeze on profit margins—a fact that affects even not-for-profit hospital systems, which need operating funds to continue their mission of providing care. That’s...
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