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2016 On Track to be Biggest Year for Digital Health Funding

October 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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2016 is on track to be a big year for digital health funding with almost $2.4 billion in deals in the third quarter alone and funding to date already surpassing 2015’s total funding of $6.1 billion, according to a report from StartUp Health.

Uber, Circulation Collaborate on Hospital Pilot Program for Patient Transportation

September 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Boston-based startup Circulation, as Uber’s preferred healthcare platform partner, is launching a digital healthcare transportation platform as a pilot program at several East Coast acute care and children’s hospitals.

A Generation of Digital Patients is Coming: Is Healthcare Ready?

September 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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I recently had a captivating conversation with Anil Jain, M.D., of the Watson Health business unit, about the next generation of healthcare consumers and what it means for the industry going forward.

At iHT2-Toronto, a Strategic Leader Calls on Healthcare Executives to Rethink the Consumer

September 21, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Anne Snowdon, R.N., Ph.D., a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business, urged attendees of the Health IT Summit in Toronto to reimagine the consumer-driven future of healthcare

Almost 70 Percent of Hospitals Provide Patients View, Download and Transmit Access to Health Information

September 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Seven out of 10 hospitals in the U.S. (69 percent) now provide their patients with the ability to view, download and transmit their health information electronically, an almost seven-fold increase since 2013, according to an ONC data brief.

Survey: Most Healthcare Organizations Still in Pilot or Planning Stages for Next Wave of Patient Engagement

September 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Close to 70 percent of healthcare leaders report their organizations use patient engagement initiatives, yet many potential patient engagement programs have not been fully scaled and integrated into practice, according to a NEJM Catalyst Patient Engagement Survey.

Connecticut Launches Health Literacy, Cost Transparency Mobile App

September 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Fair Health, an independent nonprofit organization, launched a free, mobile app for Connecticut residents aimed at improving health insurance literacy and promoting cost transparency in medical and dental costs.

CommonWell Members Give Patients Access to their Health Data

August 23, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The CommonWell Health Alliance announced today that members will be giving patients access to their health data for the first time via the CommonWell network.

Study: Socioeconomic Digital Divide Remains in Personal Health Record Use

August 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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More patients are using personal health records (PHRs), yet there are socioeconomic disparities in the adoption of PHRs and patient portals to access health records, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Deploys Text Messaging Platform To Enhance Patient Communication, Engagement

August 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has partnered with digital health startup Well on a secure text messaging platform that will enable front office staff to more effectively communicate with patients.

Walgreens Launches Digital Platform Utilizing Gamification to Boost Medication Adherence

August 18, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Walgreens has partnered with HealthPrize Technologies to offer a digital patient engagement and medication adherence platform for patients filling certain brand-name prescriptions on the Walgreens website.

At iHT2-Seattle: Leadership, Culture as Keys to the Success of IT and Innovation

August 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Suzanne Anderson of Seattle’s Virginia Mason Health System, and Sajid Ahmed of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles, shared with iTH2-Seattle attendees some lessons learned around leadership

PHR Vendor Partners With Advanced Care Planning App Developer

August 17, 2016  |  David Raths
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Get Real Health, creator of the patient engagement platform InstantPHR, has partnered with ADVault Inc., developer of MyDirectives, an app that lets consumers place critical emergency health information on their iPhone.

Research: Patients, Healthcare Professionals Disconnected on Key Healthcare Issues

August 16, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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New research released from Xerox shows large disconnects between patients and the healthcare professionals providing and insuring their care.

IT Innovation in Healthcare: Breaking Down the Barriers

August 10, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Munzoor Shaikh, a Chicago-based director in West Monroe Partners’ healthcare practice, discusses three different buckets in healthcare IT innovation—and what needs to happen for providers to partake in them.

OpenNotes Reaches 10 Million Patients

August 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The OpenNotes team announced a significant milestone this week as 10 million patients nationwide have access to their physicians’ notes online.

Health Systems Collaborating with Fitbit to Use Connected Health Technologies for Research and Patient Engagement

July 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Researchers at several large health systems, such as Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern Medicine, have been using Fitbit and Fitabase technologies to incorporate fitness data into clinical studies and for mHealth patient engagement projects.

CMS’ Latest Proposed MU Changes Again Raise Questions around Patient Engagement

July 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
commentary
Earlier this month, CMS announced that it was streamlining reporting requirements for hospitals and EPs participating in the meaningful use program. But, other new proposals from CMS bring on more questions about patient engagement.

Is Your Organization Getting the Right Facilitators for Patient Engagement Out There? Piercing the Fog on the Way Forward

July 15, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The results of an instant audience poll taken at the Health IT Summit in Denver this week, spoke to some of the confusion and challenges around making patient engagement real in medical group, hospital, and health system settings

“It’s Transparency, Get Over It!” C.T. Lin, M.D. Challenges the iHT2-Denver Audience to Think About the Future

July 12, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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In the opening keynote address at the Health IT Summit in Denver, sponsored by iHT2, C.T. Lin, M.D., the CMIO of the UCHealth integrated health system shared his organization’s experience with OpenNotes and Open Results, and challenged attendees to embrace the...

Survey: Patients Want More Digital Health Tools from Primary Care Physicians

June 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Patient adoption of digital health tools remains low, but interest in virtual care services is high, as a new survey report finds that the majority of consumers say they are choosing their primary care provider, in part, based on how well they use technology to...

OpenNotes and AMDIS Partner to Advance Medical Record Transparency

June 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) and OpenNotes have announced a partnership to advance transparency in health care and enhance patient and clinician communication.

Survey: Adoption of Health IT to Improve Care Coordination Remains Sluggish

June 17, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Despite the promise of health IT to improve care coordination, there has been sluggish progress in the use of health IT to connect doctors and patients, according to a new survey report from Nielsen Strategic Health Perspectives.

Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Leverages Health IT to Support Transparent, Patient-Centered Care

June 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care designed a network of urgent care centers with a focus on transparency and patient-centered care, with health IT and technology-enabled processes playing a large role in the design strategy.

Department of Veterans Affairs Joins National Association for Trusted Exchange

June 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has become the newest member of The National Association for Trusted Exchange, and the VA will participate in the NATE Blue Button for Consumers (NBB4C) Trust Bundle.

OpenNotes: What Members of the Northwest OpenNotes Consortium Have Learned So Far

June 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Homer Chin., M.D. has been helping to lead his colleagues in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area forward to implement OpenNotes in their patient care organizations. This month, he will share learnings from that experience with attendees at the AMDIS...

HHS Releases Online Resources Focused on Patient Engagement and Patients’ Rights Under HIPAA

June 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed a series of videos aimed at clarifying patients’ rights to see and get copies of their health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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