ONC reports seven-fold jump in hospital patient access to electronic health information

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Seven in 10 hospitals provided their patients with the ability to view, download and transmit their health information electronically in 2015, a seven-fold increase from 2013, according to a report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, patient and family engagement

Half of adults express willingness to participate in Precision Medicine initiative

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Eight in 10 American adults support the Precision Medicine Cohort Program and up to 54% might participate if asked, according to a recent survey by the National Institutes of Health. The federal program aims to engage one million or more Americans in a national research study to help prevent and treat... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient and family engagement, prevention

Leadership, culture, innovation makes Memorial Medical Center tops in quality

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Strong leadership, a culture that fosters continuous improvements in care and innovations that hold the promise of transforming clinical training and enhancing patient safety have earned Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill., the 2016 AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize.

The AHA July 17 presented... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality care, patient safety, Community health, awards, culture of safety, patient and family engagement

Report: More hospital patients can access medical records, perform key tasks online

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Hospitals are offering individuals more electronic access to their medical information than ever before, according to a new AHA TrendWatch report highlighting patient access-related results from the AHA Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement. For example, 92% of hospitals last year offered... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, patient and family engagement

AHA issues guide to engaging patients and communities in CHNA process

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A new guide from the AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative offers hospitals a model for engaging patients, their families and community members in the community health needs assessment process. The Community Health Assessment and Implementation Pathway provides an eight-step approach to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community benefit, Community health, patient and family engagement

AHA, CDC issue patient education resource on prescription opioids

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The AHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a one-page resource to help hospital patients who may be prescribed opioids before discharge discuss the risks and benefits of these medications with their health care provider. “Every day, hospitals see how misuse of and overdose from... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, Behavioral health, patient and family engagement, opioids, prevention

CMS project seeks innovative hospital quality practices to share nationwide

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services invites hospitals to submit innovative quality improvement practices to its Strategic Innovation Engine, which will evaluate them for possible dissemination across the nation. Targeted improvements include managing patients with multiple chronic conditions;... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Behavioral health, patient and family engagement, chronic conditions, care coordination

ONC issues patient portal engagement tool, videos

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology today released a “Patient Engagement Playbook” tool to help health care practices, hospital administrators and others use patient portals to engage patients in their health and care. “A... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, HIPAA, patient and family engagement

Becoming Better Stewards of Antibiotics

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Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pew Charitable Trusts released a study in JAMA and corresponding editorial that analyzed antibiotic use in the outpatient setting. The study found that in the U.S. in 2010-2011, there was an estimated annual antibiotic prescription rate... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, physician issues, patient and family engagement

Senior volunteers help other seniors with questions on insurance coverage

AHA News

John McDonough, 81, this June will celebrate his 20th year as a volunteer for UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital’s “Senior Health Insurance Information Program” (SHIIP) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Through SHIIP, he and other volunteers have helped thousands of area seniors sort through information on... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Medicare, Community health, Community Connections, patient and family engagement

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