Creating a Successful Patient Engagement Strategy

Communication is an integral component of patient engagement, but it isn’t easy to accomplish – particularly due to the fact that people communicate, process and interpret interactions differently. There are some ways, however, to overcome communication barriers. Healthcare professionals just need to understand that successful patient engagement strategies require patience. In fact, developing a successful strategy, carrying it out, and experiencing positive results could take months or even years. The sooner organizations accept this reality, the greater chances …

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Six Tips for Achieving Meaningful Use

Everyone in healthcare knows about the EHR Incentive Programs and the stimulus money that doctors can receive if they successfully attest to Meaningful Use of electronic health record technology. However, participating in the program can be a daunting feat for first-timers. For EHR newcomers looking to achieve Meaningful Use and qualify for federal incentive payments, we offer the following tips: 1. Decide which program you want to participate in. There are two incentive programs, Medicare and Medicaid, but …

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The Future of Patient Portals in Healthcare

Patient portals are online applications that allow patients to access, interact and communicate with their healthcare providers. The features provided by patient portals enable patients to interact with their medical information via electronic means. Patients using a portal would be more informed and could take ownership of their medical records, therefore enhancing the patient-doctor relationship and ensuring accuracy of their health record, as well. So where is the future of patient portals headed? To answer this question, it …

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Why Are Healthcare Organizations Switching EHRs?

After a recent survey by Black Book Rankings found that 17 percent of doctors want to switch their electronic health record (EHR) software, the company predicted that 2013 would be the year of the great EHR vendor switch. To gain some insight into why so many healthcare organizations are unhappy with their EHRs, we sat down with our National Sales Manager, Ron Shoop. What are some of the main reasons healthcare organizations are switching EHR’s? There are several …

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4 Factors to Consider Before Purchasing a Patient Portal

Once considered a nice option for EHRs, patient portals are now becoming a necessity for small practices and hospitals alike. Unfortunately, not all patient portals are created equal, and many lack important capabilities or features. Selecting a sub-par patient portal can severely limit an EHR’s ability to unlock its full potential of benefits, and it can easily increase costs for physicians in the long run. Many patient portal vendors employ strategies to help physicians meet Meaningful Use requirements; …

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Interoperability Device Savings Estimated to Exceed $30 Billion

A recent study by the West Health Institute, an independent non-profit research organization, found that hospitals could save more than $30 billion by improving interoperability between medical device systems. The comprehensive study, titled “The Value of Medical Device Interoperability,” was released and reviewed last month at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. The study focused on waste – or any activity that does not add value to the health care system – and …

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There is No Such Thing as HIPAA Certification

4 Myths Surrounding HIPAA Certification for Hosting Providers As more physicians are integrating their patient EMR with third-party patient portals, they’re looking for clarifications on many issues in order to stay within the various regulations boundaries and to be Meaningful Use-attested. It can be difficult to differentiate fact from misconception, however, so let’s clarify and dispel 4 myths related specifically to HIPAA certification among hosting providers. Myth #1: My current or prospective hosting provider is HIPAA certified. Fact: …

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Press Release: New Enterprise Patient Portal

Medical Web Experts is happy to announce the release of a new version of their Enterprise Patient Portal. The newly released version 1.1.1 contains a number of new and updated features designed to improve functionality and user experience for both patients and medical offices. The Enterprise Portal is perfect for hospitals, healthcare organizations, and medical practices that are looking for a way to boost revenue while improving practice efficiency and making the most out of their EMR systems by …

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Studies Evaluate the Impact of Patient Portals

Although patient portal technology is relatively new, the importance of this development in the medical field has already prompted several peer-reviewed case studies to examine in the overall efficiency and impact of patient portals on healthcare delivery. Patient Satisfaction A 2005 study conducted by Tang and Langsky on the My Wellness Portal provided through the Oklahoma Physicians Resource/Research Network found that: 60% believed it improved patient-provider interactions The majority of patients found the portal to be “valuable” Patient …

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3 Ways Patient Portal Technology Can Benefit Your Practice

Patient portals are, without a doubt, the future of medical practices. With cell phones, computers, and an increasingly mobile patient population the demand for healthcare providers and services to be online  is growing. Jumping in and investing in patient portal technology can be daunting at first but the rewards will pay off in the long run. Here are 5 ways that a patient portal can benefit your medical practice: 1. Lighten your office schedule – without sacrificing patients …

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