Study finds digital divide in advanced use of EHRs

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About 80.5% of hospitals had adopted at least a basic electronic health record in 2015, up from 75.2% in 2014, according to a study reported online last month by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Based on the Information Technology Supplement to the AHA Survey, the study also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, patient and family engagement

Pollack calls on Senate to 'reset' the AHCA discussion

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AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack today called on the Senate to “reset the discussion” over health care policy by rejecting the House-passed American Health Care Act. Kicking off the AHA Annual Membership Meeting’s Federal Forum, Pollack reiterated the AHA’s concerns about the AHCA jeopardizing coverage... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, Coverage, Redefining the H, patient and family engagement, care coordination, prevention

CMS announces two new patient engagement models

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center today announced two Beneficiary Engagement and Incentives Models that will test different approaches to shared decision making regarding treatment options. The Shared Decision Making Model will test a specific approach to integrate a... read more

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

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

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

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

Hospitals need to meet challenge of consumerism, says UUHC's Entwistle

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The Class of 2018 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

Patients want reliable, understandable information about the cost and quality of their care, says AHA board member David Entwistle, CEO of the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (UUHC) in Salt Lake City.

Openly... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: governance, leadership, patient and family engagement

AHA releases 2016 Environmental Scan webinar

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The AHA today released a webinar on its 2016 Environmental Scan, which provides a national high-level perspective on the health care landscape and market forces that have a high probability of affecting hospitals and health systems. Topics range from consumers and patients to political issues and science... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, physicians, Electronic Health Records, Redefining the H, patient and family engagement

AHA comments on Senate Finance Committee chronic care policy options

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The AHA today provided feedback on the Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group’s policy options to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic health conditions. “The AHA is pleased to see that the CCWG has included many of our priorities for improving care for those with chronic... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, ACO, Telehealth, patient and family engagement, chronic conditions

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