The Time for Innovation in Health IT

In a Healthcare IT News article last week, Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush presented a case for increased innovation in the health IT space over the next four to six years. The foundation would be built on “network-backed health services.” Succinctly, what he discusses is the need for health IT vendors to go beyond providing solutions aimed at fulfilling regulatory needs and start delivering real business value. Disruption in Health IT is Different from Other Industries While it is …

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65% of Providers Say Patient Information Is Lacking in Clinical Setting

In a 2016 study commissioned by Quest Diagnostics, 450 healthcare professionals and senior executives were surveyed about aspects of the industry’s shift from a fee-for-service to a value-based model. The results of the study bring several interesting pieces of data to light. 87% of the study’s respondents — physicians and senior executives — noted the value and importance of having complete patient medical information at the point of care. However, 65% of physician respondents indicated that the information …

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Meeting the Regulatory Challenges of Mobile Health App Development, According to Samsung

Among all the mobile apps out there, mHealth stands out. We often talk about patient-friendly UI/UX, on-the-go features that integrate with patient portals and EMRs, and capabilities for sending messages to medical staff and refilling prescriptions. But another aspect that makes mHealth app development such an interesting challenge is the level of regulation in the healthcare sector. When you’re working with HIPAA regulations around electronic protected health information (ePHI), developing an app that collects and transmits this data …

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Over $500 Million in Downward Payment Adjustments Expected for 2017

CMS has reported that 2,579 hospitals will be affected by downward payment adjustments in 2017 due to penalties associated with the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). That translates to an average penalty of over $190,000, or a 0.73% reduction in reimbursement value. One of the biggest factors for these downward payment adjustments is avoidable ED readmissions. Over the last five years, healthcare organizations have been reporting on this measure without the weight of downward adjustments. The hope was …

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What Goes Wrong in Healthcare Web Design — And How to Fix It

Healthcare Web Design

In today’s healthcare world, a website isn’t just a check on a marketing to-do list. It’s an essential tool for maintaining a solid patient base while providing those patients with in-demand online services. Hospitals, outpatient groups, pharmacies, health IT vendors, and laboratories are all facing new challenges and opportunities in the digital media space. Hospital website design is a specialized field that focuses on creating highly usable, patient-centered, HIPAA-compliant sites. Both prospective and current patients are always evaluating …

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9 Out of 10 Healthcare Organizations Have Suffered a Data Breach Since 2010

Since 2010, healthcare has seen a 125% increase in criminal attacks to their digital patient data. In fact, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute, 91 percent of healthcare organizations have been hit by at least one data breach. What is surprising, however, is that human error is reported as the primary cause of data breaches. The study found that almost all successful cyber attacks can be traced back to one or more human errors. Source: CIO.com …

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Community Care Collaborative Selects Bridge Patient Portal for Patient-Centered Engagement, Spanish Translation and Responsive Mobile Design

Texas Healthcare Organization Achieves Twice the National Patient Enrollment Average Using Bridge Patient Portal KIRKLAND, Wash., July 26, 2016 – PRNewswire — Serving the 11th largest metro-area in the United States, Community Care Collaborative (CCC) selects Bridge Patient Portal as its singular portal solution for secure online medical record access, outcome improvement and helping engage patients as the CCC works to manage the healthcare needs of the safety net population in Travis County, Texas.  Michael Scranton As Director of Business Development, Michael …

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If Over 90% Of People Are Interested In Using A Patient Portal, Why Do Only 25% Of Patients Report Using it?

Nurse Interacting with Patients through Patient Portal

For most adults, the use of the Internet and other electronic communications is second nature – yet when it comes to the adoption of patient portals, the majority of practices report overall averages of just 30%. Why so low? A recent survey carried out by Accenture clearly showed a high amount of interest, around 90%, in digital tools, such as portals, but patients just aren’t using them. Winona Cruzan Winona is a writer and marketing specialist for Medical …

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Three Ways to Increase Patient Portal Engagement

People engaged in their healthcare - patient portal

This week, CEO John Deutsch was quoted in an EMR Daily News article about how to get patients to log in to patient portals and keep using them to manage their health. While patient portals have become central to discussions of Meaningful Use and key tools for patient engagement, they remain vastly underutilized. EMR Daily News put forth three essential strategies for making sure that you portal successfully reaches patients. Marina Komarovsky, MS, MPH Marina is a writer …

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A Comprehensive Guide to Meaningful Use

meaningful use

Are you confused about Meaningful Use (MU), or having trouble meeting the requirements? Trying to understand the CMS’s EHR Incentive Program can be incredibly overwhelming. Nearly 209,000 eligible providers will be receiving Medicare payment cuts for not meeting MU, down from 257,000 previously. The eligible provider penalties range from less than $1,000 to $10,000, while the penalties for eligible hospitals are much higher. Gretchen Kalthoff Gretchen Kalthoff is a writer and marketing specialist for MWE. She is an …

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