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

AHA Stat: Ambulatory care next frontier in patient and family engagement

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate was recently awarded a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to work with experts in ambulatory care, patient and family engagement and care transitions to create a toolkit specific to the ambulatory care setting, HRET... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, 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

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

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