Patient Engagement

Tweet Chat Recap: HCI, Advisory Board Discuss Operational, IT Challenges in ACOs

November 21, 2014     Gabriel Perna and Megan Combs
The 2nd Healthcare Informatics tweet chat took place on Nov. 20, 2014, with The Advisory Board Company as our co-host and accountable care as the topic of choice. Advisory's Dr. Bill Lynagh and HCI Editor-in-Chief, Mark Hagland led a group of tweeters in...

Survey: Patients Using Online Reviews to Find Providers

November 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Significantly more patients are using online reviews to find a provider this year compared to last year, according to research from Austin, Tx.-based electronic health record (EHR) comparison site Software Advice.

Can the “Doctorless” Patient Model Be Effective?

November 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Earlier this week at the NYeC 2014 Digital Health Conference, Eric Topol, M.D., gave a speech about using digital health tools in a push towards a “doctorless” patient model. After listening to the keynote, I wondered about the practicality of this approach.

Truman Medical Centers Recognized for HIT Excellence

November 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The Kansas City, Mo.-based Truman Medical Centers has won two awards from the health IT community for using information technology to improve care.

Information Requirements for the Competitive Healthcare Marketplace

November 18, 2014     Tonya D. Edwards, M.D.
CIOs of eight leading healthcare organizations convened on Sept. 12 for the annual Scottsdale Institute CIO Summit. This year’s theme, Information Requirements for the Competitive Marketplace, yielded lively discussion. In the session, the group shared...

Survey: Clinicians Increasingly Comfortable with Digital Health

November 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
A recently released survey of clinicians reveals that more and more are accepting of digital health devices and concepts to bring them closer to patients.

Democratizing Medicine: Eric Topol Pushes a Patient-Centered Healthcare

November 17, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
As the healthcare industry moves into an era of accountable care, new digital tools can help democratize medicine, Eric Topol, M.D., director at the La Jolla, Calif.-based Scripps Translational Science Institute, said in a keynote at the New York eHealth...

Automated Reminders Improve Medication Adherence and Cholesterol Control

November 17, 2014     John DeGaspari
People who received automated reminders were more likely to refill their blood pressure and cholesterol medications, according to a study published today in a special issue of the American Journal of Managed Care.

The Trouble with Putting Care Management in a Box

November 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Health IT leaders are finding it difficult to define care management technology because they’re finding it difficult to define care management. Experts spoke to HCI on the increasing wave of investment into these technologies and provided a wide range of...

Advocate Health Care's Bruce Smith and His Team Lead a Successful Patient Portal Initiative

November 15, 2014     Mark Hagland
At Advocate Health Care, in the western suburbs of Chicago, IT leaders, including CIO Bruce Smith, have been leading a successful patient portal initiative that’s connecting—and satisfying—patients and their physicians

Health Literacy and the Use of the Internet Lacking Among Seniors

November 14, 2014     John DeGaspari
Using the Internet to access health information may be out of reach for many older Americans, according to a study by researchers at the University of Michigan. According to the study, less than one-third of Americans age 65 and older use the Web. Within that age...

ONC Attempting to Create Consumer Demand for Blue Button

November 11, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) Blue Button initiative is one of the agency’s hallmark projects and will continue to be a focal point, according to ONC’s Erin Siminerio; speaking on a recent webinar.
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