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Using Health Information Technology to Promote Patient Engagement

Posted by Ali Dufour on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 @ 09:07 AM

At the HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) conference in February, I attended the eCollaboration Forum, which explores collaborative platforms as foundations for a transformation to Accountable Care. One of the sessions was headed by a panel of doctors advocating a change in the overall healthcare delivery process, including a shifting focus away from institutions and toward consumers and ePatients. You could feel the passion and commitment of each member of the panel as they described their day-to-day encounters with their patients. Panelists discussed several reasons why the move toward patient engagement is slow to come in the industry, but many of the reasons related to health information technology vendors (or, as the panelists put it, “the people from the dark side.”) Panelists cited an unwillingness of vendors to change, bloated and dysfunctional companies, a misunderstanding of providers’ situation and/or needs, and plain old lack of innovation as some of the main disconnects between vendors and the users of health information systems.  The discussion was a wake-up call for me. I was appalled to see the inherent disconnect between the vendors and users of the products we create, and the realization caused me to think about my unique role in the healthcare IT ecosystem.

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Topics: Hello Health, patient engagement, Electronic health record, Health IT solutions, accountable care

Moving the Annual Physical Exam Online to Promote Patient Engagement

Posted by Matt Beer on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 @ 08:30 AM

A recent article in The New York Times questioned the usefulness of the adult annual physical exam, with its unnecessary examinations and tests. It prompted me to give some thought to the idea of an outpatient world without the prized annual well visit.

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Topics: Hello Health, patient engagement, patient self-management, accountable care

Online Care is Part of the New Normal in Primary Care

Posted by Steven Ferguson on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 11:57 AM

A recently released Accenture report focused on the interest of Americans in accessing health information online, including online consults. 82% want access to personal medical information online, 72% want to manage appointments online and 76% want to communicate with their doctors online. No surprises there, as noted by an editor at Fierce Healthcare who also remarked on the fact that 85% “still want” face-to-face time with their doctor.

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Topics: patient engagement, EHR, EMR, physician revenue, Patient Management, doctor revenue, free EHR, free EMR, PHR, accountable care

The Affordable Care Act and your EHR

Posted by Steven Ferguson on Fri, Jul 06, 2012 @ 09:32 AM

Last week’s landmark decision from the Supreme Court clears the way for full implementation of the 906-page healthcare reform law. Know anyone that read it from cover to cover? I didn’t think so. No worries - basically, the law establishes insurance exchanges in each state, prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against the sick, and requires nearly all Americans to prove that they carry health insurance starting in 2014.

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Topics: primary care practice, Electronic health record, meaningful use incentive, small physician practice, free EHR, free EMR, independent primary care, electronic medical record, independent primary care practice, small independent primary care practice, independent physician practice, Meaningful use, accountable care, Affordable Care Act, HITECH

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