Patient Engagement

ONC Announces New Blue Button Toolkit

September 16, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has launched a new toolkit designed for organizations that want to use Blue Button technology to help consumers get access to their digital health information.

Data Brief: Most Patients Don’t Access their Record

September 15, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health (ONC) released a data brief this week that shows the long road ahead providers face in getting patients to access their record electronically.

New Director of Consumer e-Health Named at ONC

September 11, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Lana Moriarty has been named by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) as the newest head of the Consumer e-Health program.

Patient Engagement: Making Progress Abroad and at Home Too

September 11, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Consumerized healthcare is becoming trendier by the day. Despite the cynical eye rolls this will garner from the medical community, there is emerging proof that the overall patient engagement concept is progressing around the globe and at home too.

Social Networking Efforts Have Helped Reduce Obesity, Study Finds

September 8, 2014     Gabriel Perna
In the short-term, a social networking campaign can lower the body mass index (SMI) of someone who is overweight, reveals a recent research conducted in the United Kingdom.

At Steward Health, All Eyes are on the Population Health Prize

September 7, 2014     Mark Hagland
Dominique Morgan-Solomon and her colleagues at Steward Health Care System are aggressively pursuing population health and analytics strategies, within and beyond their Pioneer ACO participation

Insurers and Provider Organizations Join Healthcare Cost and Quality Transparency Initiative

September 4, 2014     John DeGaspari
The Washington-based Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), a not-for-profit organization formed in 2011, has announced that Assurant Health has joined three other health insurance companies—Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealthcare—to collaborate on the development of free...

States Beginning to Give Parents Access to Immunization Records

August 28, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Several states are now piloting approaches where parents get direct access to their children’s’ immunization records as part of the Blue Button Initiative, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced in an August 26 blog post.

Shared Decision-Making Picks Up Steam at UCLA

August 25, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Patient-education tools such as online surveys and videos have helped clinicians at UCLA take on shared decision-making in various treatment areas, according to the university.

Of Oceans, Orcas—and HIEs

August 21, 2014     Mark Hagland
A lot of very important developments are taking place in the Pacific Northwest and in Canada, and a number of them were on display Monday and Tuesday of this week during the Health IT Summit in Seattle

Quality and Cost: Healthcare Leaders Learn How to Redefine Value

August 21, 2014     John DeGaspari
Is the healthcare industry at a tipping point, where the clinical and financial sides of the industry are beginning to come together to work toward the common goal of value-based care? In a compelling keynote presentation at the Healthcare Financial Management...

Stage 2 “Can Be Done,” says the First Critical Access Hospital to Attest

August 20, 2014     Gabriel Perna
While the number of hospitals and providers that have attested to Stage 2 of meaningful use continues to lag behind, one rural hospital found a way to get it done. One of the EHR team leaders at that hospital talks with HCI about the hardest part of Stage 2.
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