Patient Engagement

MU Maintenance: Solving the Patient Engagement Pain Points

March 25, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
When it comes to meeting MU requirements, it’s no secret that providers across the country have struggled with the patient engagement aspect of the mandate. One consultant offers strategies that could help and takes a look ahead to Stage 3.

Innovator Extra: Care-Traffic Controllers are Making Population Health Possible in Virginia

March 24, 2015     Gabriel Perna
The advanced patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) at Bon Secours Medical Group (BSMG), a multispecialty organization that includes more than 600 Richmond, Va.-area physicians, is done on the backs of its mighty army of nurse navigators. Two of them explain...

Survey: Doctors and Patients See Benefits in Mobile Apps

March 24, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Nearly half (46 percent) healthcare professionals say that they will introduce mobile apps to their practice in the next five year, according to the Plano, Tex.-based Research Now Group.

Stage 3 Proposal Embraces Open API Movement

March 24, 2015     David Raths
Although it rejected recommendations to limit Stage 3's focus to interoperability, CMS is looking to application programming interfaces to provide patients with access to their health information through third-party applications with more flexibility than...

At the World Health Care Congress, Industry Experts Agree: Managing Big—Or Even Bigger—Data Will Require a Great Deal of Thought

March 23, 2015     Mark Hagland
Industry experts participating in a panel on care delivery transformation through data agree—how to manage data-driven processes is itself a work in process

For U.S. Physicians, the Healthcare Policy Train Has Already Left the Station

March 21, 2015     Mark Hagland
With two tremendously significant healthcare policy developments taking place within the same week, no one can doubt any longer the broad direction of federal healthcare policy—especially for practicing physicians

EDITOR'S NOTES: Will Old-Style Healthcare Leaders Get “Googled” by the New Healthcare Pioneers?

March 20, 2015     Mark Hagland
Will "old media" types learn to adapt to a "new media" landscape? What about "old healthcare" types facing the new healthcare?

BREAKING NEWS ANALYSIS: SGR Repeal Legislation Would Replace Current Value-Based Program with Sweeping New MD Incentive Payment System

March 19, 2015     Mark Hagland
A first analysis by Healthcare Informatics of the “SGR repeal” legislation introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on March 19 to repeal Medicare’s SGR formula for physician payment finds a proposal for sweeping changes in Medicare physician payment

Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: First Place Winning Team: Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

March 19, 2015     Mark Hagland
Can a physician organization that serves an underprivileged population make it in a managed care-driven environment? The Folks at Yakima Valley prove it can be done—and done very well indeed

Mobile Apps Aren’t Just for the Big Guys

March 16, 2015     David Raths
I spoke recently with Larry Barnes, vice present and CIO, and Michael McEldowney, director of IT, for Salina Regional Health Center, a small two-hospital system in north-central Kansas. They are proving that fairly sophisticated mobile solutions are not out of...

More Healthcare Orgs. Using Integrated EHRs to Populate PHRs

March 16, 2015     Gabriel Perna
More healthcare organizations are relying on integrated electronic health record (EHR) data to populate personal health records (PHRs), a new survey found.

Are Consumer-Directed Hospital Ratings Systems Confusing the Public—and Even Providers?

March 14, 2015     Mark Hagland
The wildly divergent ways in which various entities currently sponsoring national hospital quality ratings programs are evaluating the quality of care are creating a miasma of confusion
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