meaningful use

By Jonah Comstock March 23, 2015
Last week, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced the long-awaited proposed guidelines for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use requirements for electronic health records. On the same day, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released the proposed 2015 certification criteria for EHRs. The standards proposed will be optional through 2017 and mandatory for all...
By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2015
Geisinger Health System's patient portal. Research conducted on patient portals in the last three years shows they provide some measurable benefits, but studies are spotty and don't include a single randomized control trial, according to a new systematic review in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. "Very few studies associated use of the patient portal, or its features, to improved...
By Jonah Comstock February 10, 2015
A new report from Chilmark Research shows that the state of affairs in patient engagement is best summed up by the overused paraphrase of the William Gibson quote: The future is here, it's just not very widely distributed. After speaking to about a dozen healthcare vendors and their customers, report author Naveen Rao found that for any given patient engagement technology, outside of the most...
By Jonah Comstock January 15, 2015
Patients are increasingly looking at what digital services physicians provide when choosing a doctor, and they're finding themselves disappointed in what they see, according to a new survey from TechnologyAdvice. The research group found that while 62.6 percent of physicians offered some kind of digital services, two of the top three most requested services -- online appointment scheduling and...
By Jonah Comstock August 14, 2014
Forty-six percent of healthcare providers answering a HIMSS survey used multiple telemedicine technologies in their practice, with the most popular technology by far being two-way video messaging. HIMSS had 400 responses to an online survey, mostly from directors and managers at hospitals, but also from doctors and nurses in hospitals and private practices. The results paint a picture of...
By Jonah Comstock March 27, 2014
Left to Right: Halamka, Dreyer, Landman, Stack, and Weygandt. As regulatory efforts like ICD-10 and Meaningful Use continue to march on, the vision of policy and the reality of physician experience don't always line up. That was the key take away from The Art of Medicine, a panel discussion hosted by Nuance in Boston, Massachusetts this week. "We had a Big Bang moment, we had a horrible...
By Jonah Comstock February 24, 2014
Web-based patient portals, in one form or another, have started to become commonplace in American doctor's offices and hospitals. Partly this is due to requirements in Meaningful Use Stage II that patients have access to their own data. But the typical patient portal gives patients a small spattering of information like charts or lab results, without interpreting that data or making it actionable...
By Brian Dolan February 21, 2014
Without a doubt patient engagement is one of the more important trends in healthcare and health IT right now. Over the past few years the tools that look to enable patient engagement between providers and patients have changed markedly. It is important to note, however, that the tools themselves are just a small part of the story -- they can go a long way toward improving patient engagement,...
By Brian Dolan December 11, 2013
Dr. Jordan Shlain on-stage at the mHealth Summit (source: mHealth Summit team) Mountain View, California-based startup HealthLoop raised $10 million in its first round of funding. The investment round was led by Canvas Venture Fund, an early-stage venture fund managed by Morgenthaler. Subtraction Capital also participated. "In healthcare today, broadly defined, medicine is a doctor and a...
By Brian Dolan December 9, 2013
San Francisco-based Practice Fusion, which offers providers free electronic medical records software and patient management tools, has added another $15 million to its coffers, bringing its latest round of funding up to $85 million. Qualcomm Life Fund led the round with participation from new backer Longitude Capital and returning Practice Fusion investors Artis Ventures, Industry Ventures and...

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