Automatic Patient Communication Means a Better Standard of Care

Posted by The UbiCrew on May 13, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Technology is pervasive in how we manage our day-to-day activities. 89% of adults in the U.S. report using the Internet or owning a smartphone. The vast majority of patients report that they want email communication with their physician.

How can you take advantage of this ubiquity in healthcare practice? 

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Topics: Meaningful Use, Patient Education, Quality of Care, Patient Outcomes, Digital Patient Engagement, Patient Provider Communication, Technology

API vs. Portal in Meaningful Use 3

Posted by Betsy Weaver, Ed.D. on Mar 14, 2016 8:30:00 AM

As Meaningful Use moved to Stage 3 (MU3) in 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) added APIs (application programming interface) as an alternative or complement to patient portals.

But are these two digital health tools at odds with each other? And where do APIs fit in with Meaningful Use Stage 3?

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Topics: Meaningful Use, Patient Portals

What Is MACRA and How Does It Relate to Meaningful Use?

Posted by Betsy Weaver, Ed.D. on Mar 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In January 2016, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt announced that CMS would update Meaningful Use to focus more on patient care and outcomes.

At the same time, Slavitt brought renewed attention to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015—MACRA—triggering confusion among hospitals and health systems already scrambling to attest to Meaningful Use. 

Many questions arose. What is MACRA? What is the relationship between MACRA and Meaningful Use? Is Meaningful Use over?

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Topics: Meaningful Use, Quality of Care, Patient Outcomes, Patient Portals

Are Patient Portals Going the Way of the Dinosaur?

Posted by Betsy Weaver, Ed.D. on Feb 29, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Patient portals—websites allowing patients to easily and securely access their EHRs and even communicate with their providers—were one of the big recommendations of MU2 in 2012.

CMS promoted portals as a way for patients to access their EHRs and for providers to demonstrate that their patients were actually doing this, calling the portal “a powerful platform for increasing access, empowering patients, supporting care between visits and improving health outcomes.”

Yet, three years into MU recommendations for patient portals, no one is calling them a resounding success.

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Topics: Meaningful Use, Patient Portals

Patient Portal 2.0: How HealthEast Gets Meaningful Engagement From a Patient Portal

Posted by Todd Smith, MD on Feb 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM

By now it seems that every hospital has a patient portal. But is everyone—hospitals and patients alike—using them to their full potential? According to one survey, many patients still don’t know their providers offer portals. As providers, we also depend on getting patients to visit their portals to initiate patient-provider communication. When used well, portals help hospitals engage patients and meet Meaningful Use requirements. The challenge is in how to make good use of your patient portal.

HealthEast Care System was determined to use our portal to improve health outcomes through proactive, consistent health information that patients could access anywhere. Here’s how we did it.

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Topics: Meaningful Use, Patient Education, Quality of Care, Patient Outcomes, Guest Blog, Pregnancy Education, Digital Patient Engagement, Patient Provider Communication, Patient Portals, Health Care Interoperability, HealthEast Care System, Innovation, Customers

Want to Improve Health Outcomes? Start by Building Patient Confidence

Posted by Deirdre Wilson on Aug 11, 2015 2:00:00 PM

You’ve likely heard the adage, “Confidence breeds success.” It’s a saying that doesn’t only apply to goals and achievement. Confidence can also have a powerful influence on your health.

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Topics: Meaningful Use, Patient Education, Patient Outcomes, Self-Efficacy Theory, Digital Patient Engagement, Hospital Readmissions, Self-Management of Chronic Disease, Value-Based Care, Patient Activation Measure

How Does an API Help My Hospital Prove Meaningful Use?

Posted by Betsy Weaver, Ed.D. on Apr 21, 2015 9:56:00 AM

WHAT'S AN API?

An API—or Application Program Interface—is a simple way to help your systems speak to each other and share data. APIs will become increasingly important as your hospital moves through the stages of Meaningful Use. But even if you're not there quite yet, here's what you need to know about APIs and how your hospital will use them in the future.

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Topics: Meaningful Use, HIPAA Compliance, Health Care Interoperability

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