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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The Convenience of Patient Portal Prescription Refill Requests

Improving processes within a healthcare organization is a top priority for most practice managers and hospital administrators these days. With patients calling in to schedule appointments, request prescription refills, and find out test results, office staff members have a lot on their plate. Attending to refill requests alone can occupy hours of time each week. It’s a process that requires the full and immediate attention of staff members, as they must stop whatever work they are doing in …

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Tech Savvy Patients Want Options: Is Your Healthcare Practice Ready?

Over the course of the coming year, and especially in the next six months, millions of Americans between the ages of 19 and 34 will be purchasing health insurance and joining the ranks of the newly insured. This is big news for healthcare practices, as it means that many new patients will be entering the market and searching for doctors. A great majority of these new entrants happen to be very tech savvy, and they expect you to …

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Is Your Healthcare Organization Ready to Use eConsultations?

With goods and services increasingly moving online, healthcare organizations are beginning to adopt supporting technologies to help improve patient experiences and treatment outcomes. Telehealth, telemedicine and patient portal technologies are two of the solutions that are getting more use among healthcare providers – and they have opened up the door to eConsultations. While a patient portal is the bridge between physicians and patients, an eConsultation is the vehicle that transports individuals across. eConsultation features allows practices to generate …

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Automated Appointment Requests Will Save Your Healthcare Practice Time

How many times per week does your office receive appointment requests from patients? Although some physicians and hospital administrators may have an idea, most don’t know the answer to this question. Estimates range from 30 to 50 for small practices to more than 500 for large hospitals. Regardless of what the actual number is, it amounts to dozens of hours that employees are spending on the phone every month. In fact, scheduling an appointment over the phone can …

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