What Is EMR? Information to Improve Patient Experience and Outcomes

With demand for online access to medical records on the rise among web- and health-savvy patients, leveraging technology like patient portals and electronic medical records can help healthcare organizations with patient acquisition and engagement, as well as meeting MACRA thresholds for better coordinated, higher quality care. In order for patients to take advantage of the online tools you offer, a well-developed messaging strategy is essential. Your patient-targeted messaging should answer questions like: “What is an EMR?” “How are …

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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?

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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

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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

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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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5 Keys for Medical Website Hosting – Part 3: Uptime

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When you’re looking for a company to build and/or host your medical website, it is a good idea to select a company that specializes in healthcare web hosting to ensure that online risks are avoided and compliance is maintained. In addition to protecting patients’ personal health information (PHI), a high quality website with little downtime should be a top priority. Gretchen Kalthoff Gretchen Kalthoff is a writer and marketing specialist for MWE. She is an expert in healthcare …

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Digital Trends for Healthcare Organizations to Watch in 2016

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With tech and mobile quickly colonizing the healthcare space, patient outreach, communication, and care are being revolutionized. In 2016, several medical practice internet marketing strategies are poised to move to the forefront as essential ways to offer your patients what they want. Marina Komarovsky, MS, MPH Marina is a writer who specializes in healthcare policy, patient engagement, and telemedicine. She has a special interest in creative tech approaches that help provider teams collaborate better, improve patient experience, and …

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4 Ways Health IT Is Improving Patient Care

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Advances in Health IT continue to revolutionize the way the healthcare industry operates. One area in particular which has benefitted from tech solutions is patient care. From improving wait times to increasing patient engagement and participation, health IT is improving medical processes across the board, and in the meantime, improving our health. Here are 4 tech solutions that are modernizing medicine: Julie Ho

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Not Considering a Patient Portal This Year? You Should Be

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The benefits of implementing patient portal technology and services make it a win-win situation for both patients and physicians. Not only does a portal help patients participate more actively in their own health, but portals also save the practice a significant amount of time, staff resources, and money. Gretchen Kalthoff Gretchen Kalthoff is a writer and marketing specialist for MWE. She is an expert in healthcare marketing and health IT with a special interest in increasing patient engagement …

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What Meaningful Use Stage 3 Requirements Will Mean for E-Prescribing

Guest post by Charles Settles, Product Analyst at TechnologyAdvice Electronic prescribing has become an integral part of EHR software, but the proposed rule for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use may introduce changes — for better or worse. Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program, according to the proposed rule, will “streamline the program by removing reporting requirements on measures which have become redundant or ‘topped out’ through advancements in EHR function and provider performance for Stage 1 …

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