Bridge Patient Portal Team Attending HIMSS 2014 Annual Conference

Medical Web Experts is proud to announce that members of the Bridge Patient Portal team, led by President and CEO John Deutsch, will be attending this year’s annual HIMSS conference, which is being held February 23-27 in Orlando, Florida. Bridge representatives will be in attendance for the last three days of the conference, from February 25-27 – and they are looking forward to meeting with clinicians, IT professionals, and healthcare executives. Bridge is one of the leading software …

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A Definitive Explanation of the New HIPAA Omnibus Ruling

This article applies to Covered Entities (any health care provider, health plan, or health care clearinghouse) and Business Associates (any person or entity that creates, receives, maintains, or transmits protected health information on behalf of a covered entity). With new HIPAA regulations and enforcement procedures having taken effect last year, it is important for HIPAA-covered healthcare entities to reexamine their obligations and ensure that the proper safeguards are in place to conserve the privacy of their patients’ protected …

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Could 2014 Be a Bad Year for Security Breaches at Hospitals and Healthcare Practices?

Guest post by Xavier E. Martinez from Power Your Practice If you thought this would be the year securing patient data would finally become easier, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. A recent Experian report predicts the healthcare industry will see more large-scale security breaches affecting patient privacy in 2014. According to Michael Bruemmer, Vice President of Experian’s Data Breach Resolution, the sheer size of the healthcare industry is what makes it vulnerable to security risks. If …

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Healthcare Professionals Use Social Media to Learn From, Connect With Other Experts

Guest post by Frank Irving, Editor of Medical Practice Insider. More than 60 percent of physicians scan or explore social media daily or weekly, and the majority of them believe that using social media can improve the care they deliver. That’s according to a study eMarketer released earlier this year. Indeed, about 30,000 physicians have watched or discussed presentations from Mayo Clinic experts since November through QuantiaMD, a social learning and collaboration platform. The on-demand, voice-over-PowerPoint presentations allow physicians …

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Clearing up the Confusion: Meaningful Use Stage 2 Extended, Not Delayed

The healthcare industry was abuzz last Friday in response to an announcement from the ONC and CMS regarding a new timeline for Meaningful Use. The word on the web immediately following the statement’s release was that healthcare providers could breathe a sigh of relief as Stage 2 was being pushed back to 2016. The news, however, turned out to be a lot less exciting when providers began to realize that Stage 2 is still on for next year. …

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Is Your Medical Practice Behind the Times and Losing Patients?

Failure to implement EHR and patient portal software could be pushing patients away. According to a survey conducted by consulting firm Accenture, more than 80 percent of patients want access to their medical records – and about 75 percent say that features such as online appointment scheduling and prescription refill requests are also important. Patients, it seems, are increasingly interested in taking a more active role in their health, and they want tools that make doing so a …

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Bridge Patient Portal Achieves 2014 Edition Modular Health IT Certification from ICSA Labs

Patient portal solution for health practices, hospitals earns certification for 17 criteria SAN DIEGO, Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Bridge Patient Portal, a patient portal solution for health practices and hospitals, has achieved 2014 Edition Modular EHR / Ambulatory * ONC Health IT Certification which designates that the software is capable of supporting healthcare providers with Stage 1 and Stage 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Bridge Patient Portal v1.1 …

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Will Patient Portals of the Future Be Patient or Provider Centric?

Though the patient portal market has grown significantly in the past year, it is still in its infancy stage and is evolving every day. As the market continues to mature, however, there is a growing debate as to whether patient portal adoption will be driven more by patient or provider demand. Let’s take a look at what is driving the demand for each, as well as where the market might be headed. A Brief History of Patient Portals …

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Why Does Your Medical Practice Need Electronic Patient Intake Forms?

Electronic intake forms deliver high ROI for healthcare organizations, yet many patient portal companies don’t offer this valuable feature. This is a shame considering that as practices and hospitals migrate from paper forms to e-forms, they are looking for ways to automate and store patient records electronically and move them into their EMRs. The benefits of utilizing intake forms within a patient portal include: Improved productivity. Staff members spend less time processing completed forms, as patients are able …

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Patient Portal and Online Bill Pay

Online bill pay is one the most popular reasons for healthcare practices and hospitals to adopt patient portals. The benefits are clear as realizing a strong return-on-investment is easy. Bridge is the best patient portal solution for your online medical bill pay needs. Just One-Click from your patient’s portal home page External website forms Our external online bill pay form is a secure form that is installed on your website which enables patients to pay their bill online …

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