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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Cyber Criminality in Healthcare: The High Value and Easy Access of Medical Information

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How much data do you need to identify a person? According to a new MIT study, bare metadata can paint a surprisingly personal portrait of each of us. When researchers analyzed the anonymous credit card transactions of 1.1 million people, they found that it was possible to identify the unique purchasing patterns of more than 90 percent of subjects with only four pieces of data, such as timing or location. This is information that many individuals willingly expose …

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Avoid Penalties: Choose the Right EHR for Meaningful Use

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Since the program’s inception, Meaningful Use has drawn criticism from all sectors of the healthcare industry, but it has also cemented itself as a critical component for achieving the triple aims of healthcare: providing safer care, improving population health and lowering care costs overall. The program has undergone many changes over the years, and it can be said that it is still a work in progress; but one thing that is for sure is that Meaningful Use is …

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Making the Most of the Patient Portal

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The advancement of health information technology has tremendous implications for the future of healthcare. Patient portal software in particular, when integrated with electronic health record (EHR) systems, have the potential to improve the care experience, but only if patients actually use the software. Guest Contributor

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Why Patient Engagement is Taking So Long

Healthcare IT today is bigger than ever. Modern software is intended to increase efficiency, organization and communication with patients – but only recently have patients become the focus of health information technology. Why is patient engagement taking center stage in eHealth so late in the game? When the first iPhone was released in 2007, activity on social media pages like Facebook and Twitter exploded, as people began using the internet to organize their lives, interact with their networks …

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More Patients Demanding Email Communication with Their Providers, Studies Show

New evidence is showing that more than ever, patients expect access to both their physicians and medical history. According to Health Data Management, over the last ten years, the number of patients that email directly with their physicians has tripled, and another study by Catalyst Health Research showed that 93% of respondents said they would prefer to have access to email communication with their physicians, and that a quarter of those respondents would choose a physician who offered …

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Webinar video: Meaningful Use and the Rise of Patient Portals (from HITECH Answers)

Patient portals are playing a progressively larger role in attaining Meaningful Use in 2014 and 2015.  This webinar from HITECH Answers features Jim Tate, a noted Meaningful Use expert and presenter, while he discusses the importance of having a quality, robust portal that works for your patients and your practice. What questions do you have about patient portals?  Let us know in the comments, or read more here.   Ryan Nelson

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Preventing Physician Burnout: 5 Ways to Control Stress Without Losing Control of Your Practice

Physicians, nurses and counselors are ironically some of the professionals most susceptible to “burnout” – a physical or mental collapse caused by chronic stress. If left unchecked, the tendency to “soldier on” through long hours, pressure to see more patients, and entangling government interference can culminate in a prolonged period of exhaustion and poor job performance. Physicians who suffer from burnout are likely to experience serious setbacks like reduced information processing and visual attention. And these symptoms might …

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Patient Engagement: the Buzzword That Is Revolutionizing Healthcare

If you are in healthcare, you have likely heard of the latest buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongues: patient engagement. It refers to the process by which patients become active partners in their health. Ever since CMS made it the main focus of Meaningful Use Stage 2, it has become one of the things doctors and healthcare decision-makers talk about most. Not surprisingly, at last month’s annual HIMSS conference, the largest healthcare IT event in the U.S., …

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