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How the Affordable Care Act Impacts Patient Engagement

PatientEngagementHIT The 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act began a thorough overhaul of the healthcare system. Some states expanded Medicaid, consumers began to buy health insurance on federal and state health insurance exchanges, and healthcare professionals started to emphasize patient engagement. Alongside these changes, the push for patient-centered healthcare and engagement gained significant traction....


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What Clinical Quality Measures Mean to Healthcare Providers

EHRIntelligence Throughout the healthcare landscape, providers and hospitals must navigate various different incentive programs and quality improvement programs, with which come numerous requirements for clinical quality measures. However, provided the vast...

How to Choose the Right Healthcare Big Data Analytics Tools

HealthITAnalytics In just a few short years, the idea of “big data analytics” has transitioned from a mysterious new buzzword to an essential competency for healthcare organizations large and small.  Analytics has moved from a lofty cutting-edge...

The Impact of BYOD on Healthcare Providers and Hospitals

mHealthIntelligence While BYOD was thought to have begun around the same time that patients started bringing their smartphones into the hospital, its relevance is driven by doctors who have their own preference for devices. Back in the “good old days,”...

How Precision Medicine Will Shift from Research to Clinical Care

HealthITAnalytics President Obama’s widely hailed unveiling of the Precision Medicine Initiative in 2015 may have brought the term to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness, but “personalized medicine” in and of itself is far from...

How to Overcome the Challenges of Bundled Payment Models

HealthPayerIntelligence Bundled payment models are a form of reimbursement between payers and providers that adheres to an episode of care instead of payment for a particular medical service. This reimbursement system was created to transition healthcare providers from...

The 3 Building Blocks Supporting Patient Engagement Strategies

PatientEngagementHIT In the increasingly value-based healthcare industry, patient engagement has become an important buzzword to know. However, the wide-reaching definition of the phrase can often make it difficult to pinpoint. According to the Healthcare Information...

What Is EHR Optimization, How Does It Start?

EHRIntelligence So much of the focus of an EHR implementation is on the go-live and plenty of hustle and bustle precedes a practice's launch of a new EHR technology. However, the digital journey has only just begun at that point and what follows to sustain...

The Difference Between Big Data and Smart Data in Healthcare

HealthITAnalytics The healthcare system’s digital makeover has aimed to help providers work smarter instead of harder, but there are plenty of stakeholders who firmly believe that the electronic health record revolution has completely missed the mark. ...

How the Affordable Care Act Changed the Face of Health Insurance

HealthPayerIntelligence The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has revolutionized the health insurance industry in a number of ways. Its impacts have been vast and wide. One of the most significant impacts of the landmark legislation is the upward trajectory...

What Is Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management?

RevCycleIntelligence While hospitals, small practices, and larger healthcare systems are known for saving lives and treating patients, every healthcare organization needs to develop successful processes and policies for staying financially healthy. That is where...

Why HIE Data Analytics are Critical for Behavioral Healthcare

HealthITAnalytics In the healthcare industry, “interoperability” is more than just a technical term for the way electronic health record systems shuffle information back and forth.  It’s a concept that can – and should – be applied...

What Is Value-Based Care, What It Means for Providers?

RevCycleIntelligence Value-based care is a form of reimbursement that ties payments for care delivery to the quality of care provided and rewards providers for both efficiency and effectiveness. This form of reimbursement has emerged as an alternative and potential...

Is There a Difference between Telemedicine and Telehealth?

mHealthIntelligence Today’s healthcare ecosystem is filled with references to and examples of telemedicine and telehealth – in some cases, the two terms are used interchangeably. Whether they mean the same thing is a topic of considerable debate. In...

What Are the Benefits of Accountable Care Organizations?

HealthPayerIntelligence Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are provider and payer arrangements established to improve care coordination between primary care physicians, hospitals, specialists, and public or private health payers. The Centers for Medicare &...

How Patient Health Data Access Drives Patient Engagement

PatientEngagementHIT As the healthcare industry continues to focus on improving patient engagement, experts regularly discuss the importance of patient health data access, saying that it’s imperative to boosting patient involvement in care. But thinking about...

Breaking Down the Basics of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

HealthITAnalytics As the healthcare industry moves away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursements towards a new era of accountable, cost-conscious, coordinated care, healthcare organizations are actively seeking new patient management strategies to meet...

Patient Satisfaction and HCAHPS: What It Means for Providers

PatientEngagementHIT What is patient satisfaction? Patient satisfaction is the extent to which patients are happy with their healthcare, both inside and outside of the doctor’s office. A measure of care quality, patient satisfaction gives providers insights...

Explaining the Basics of the Internet of Things for Healthcare

HealthITAnalytics The Internet of Things is one of the newest and most promising trends in the healthcare industry.  This rapidly proliferating collection of Internet-connected devices, including wearables, implants, skin sensors, home monitoring tools, and...

How Patient Portals Improve Patient Engagement

PatientEngagementHIT What are patient portals? Patient portals are an online website that is connected to the EHR, centrally focused on patient access to health data. These tools give patients a look into various data points, including lab results, physician ...

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