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Patient Portals around the Country

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Friday, 29 January 2016 20:09

Patient portals can help patients become more engaged in their own health, better manage their healthcare decisions, and make the entire healthcare process more efficient. Portals can also increase patient loyalty and communication and improve health outcomes. Then why aren’t patients buying into this message? While the online patient portal is gaining some traction around the United States, 64 percent of Americans do not currently use them, according to a study by Xerox in late 2014.

This slow adoption rate may be due to lack of awareness that a patient portal exists. A 2014 Software Advice survey of U.S. patients concluded that only one third of patients have access to a portal, and a whopping two-thirds do not or are unsure if they even have access to a patient portal. This may be due in part to a lack of communication on the provider’s part that a patient portal is available.

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Telehealth and the Impact on Senior Healthcare

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Friday, 29 January 2016 19:50

Telehealth as a broad term means anything related to remote healthcare support and accessing health information. When connecting patients and providers, telehealth can improve outcomes and provide care at a more efficient cost. According to a study by the Center for Technology and Aging at the University of California, for every $1 invested in remote health monitoring, up to $1.30 was saved in the first year alone.

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Challenges, Strategies and Benefits of Meeting the Stage 2 Requirements

For those who do attest to the Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU Stage 2) objectives, clinical care summaries offer many benefits to the healthcare setting, from reduced paperwork to point-of-care access that allows for greater patient care. Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated MU Stage 2 objectives, institutions have struggled to alter their workflow and IT infrastructure to satisfy the requirements. What issues have they experienced, and what are some ways that institutions can close the gap and meet the MU Stage 2 measures?

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Catching Up: Healthcare IT and the Behavioral Health Industry

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Friday, 24 July 2015 15:00

The need for Integration

Behavioral health issues have become increasingly prevalent among the American population. According to the Association of Mental Health’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 43.7 million (18% of) adults aged 18 or older in the United States had some sort of mental illness in the previous year. People with behavioral health issues also tend have other chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular or pulmonary diseases, and may have an increased prevalence of risk factors such as smoking, obesity and substance abuse.*

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Meaningful Use Stage 2 – Are you Ready to Attest?

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Friday, 24 July 2015 14:47

In order to encourage medical professionals and hospitals to use electronic health records (EHRs), with the goal of increasing interoperability and improving patient engagement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have created incentive programs that provide payments to eligible providers who adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of EHR technology. Stage 1 of Meaningful Use began in 2011, with objectives related to data capture and sharing of patient data. The stage 2 of the EHR incentive program began in 2014 and involves more advanced clinical processes, emphasizing better care coordination and information exchange between providers.

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