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ONC Report: Personal Health Records Should be Integrated into HIEs

November 30, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) recommends that patients’ personal health records (PHRs) be implemented in health information exchanges (HIEs).

Washington Debrief: Medical Identity Theft a Concern for Congress; CMS Releases New FAQs on MU

November 16, 2015  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
Leaders of the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committees last week sought answers from the Obama administration on what’s being done to assist victims of medical identity theft.

Live from the HIMSS Connected Health Conference: Innovation Leaders Push for a More Connected Healthcare—and the Need for Better Data Protection

November 9, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
On the first day of the HIMSS Connected Health Conference, leaders from various healthcare segments came together to push towards a unified goal: to better connect systems and people, and better protect patients' health information.

Novel Patient Engagement Approach

November 9, 2015  |  Joe Marion
Wellpepper is exemplary in applying technology to address patient engagement for ARRA/MU

Patients Lack Access to Digital Health Communication Tools

November 5, 2015  |  Heather Landi
Many Americans lack access to or awareness of digital health tools, such as text appointment reminders and patient portals that can increase communication with their healthcare providers, according to a survey by The Council of Accountable Physician Practices (...

The Results Are In: Recent OpenNotes Research Has Made Me a Believer

November 5, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Three years ago, I was very skeptical about the OpenNotes movement. But the research that has come out since has gotten me fully on board.

Research: Access to Docs' Notes Increases Medication Adherence

November 4, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Researchers at the Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System have found that patient access via a web portal to their doctors' notes is associated with improved adherence to a medication regimen.

Survey: Patients Want Medical Test Results via Web Portals

November 2, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Patients are most comfortable receiving medical test results through password-protected websites or portals, according to a recent Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) survey.

CMS Provides Clarity on MU Measures, Objectives

October 29, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
During an Oct. 29 webinar that reviewed the recently-released final rules of the meaningful use program, CMS Policy Lead for the program, Elisabeth Myers, provided some clarity on specific issues that have seemed to confuse the industry in recent weeks.

Study: Inequitable Use of Patient Portals May Widen Health Disparities

October 28, 2015  |  Heather Landi
Most healthcare providers see patient portals as a key part of patient engagement, yet one study has found that vulnerable patients may be the least likely to use patient portals.

AMA, MedStar Health Team Up for Better EHR Usability

October 28, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
AMA and Washington, D.C.-based provider organization MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare have developed a comparative EHR framework “that shows a lack of focus among regulators and industry on user-centered design and usability...

VC Funding for Health IT Jumps 32 Percent in Q3 2015

October 23, 2015  |  Heather Landi
After a slow start this year, venture capital funding for healthcare information technology and digital health bounced back with 32 percent growth quarter over quarter, according to a report from Mercom Capital Group.


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