January 3, 2018
A study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association shows that in one patient population, use or non use of a patient portal had no statistically significant effect on 30-day readmissions or 30-day mortality. The retrospective analysis of more than 17,000 patients is interesting in that it's the first study of patient portals to look for effects on...
November 10, 2017
VisitPay, a Boise, Idaho-based healthcare payments startup, has raised $15 million in a round led by Norwest Venture Partners. Ascension Health, which invests on behalf of a number of health systems, contributed to the round as well. VisitPay also rebranded (it was formerly known as iVinci Healthcare) and announced a new customer, Intermountain Healthcare.
“Our cloud-based technology is in...
October 13, 2017
Day 1 of last week’s Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California was a Provider Symposium, where innovation personnel at some of the nation’s large and notable health systems came together to speak about their experiences around innovation, big data, and patient engagement, among other topics.
Data isn’t enough: Machine learning, big data, and interoperability
One theme that emerged from...
February 23, 2017
Delivering personalized healthcare to a patient population of over 3 million is no easy feat. But Geisinger Health System was up for the challenge and approached it like any other large-scale organization looking to create tailored interactions with each person their system serves would: through customer relationship management (CRM) technology.
“What I mean is taking individual preferences,...
August 23, 2016
The CommonWell Health Alliance, a trade association of health IT companies that has been working for the last three years to establish data interoperability between its members’ technologies, announced today that a new healthcare stakeholder will now be able to access a patient’s data via CommonWell: the patients themselves.
“We started with clinics and hospitals. Now we’re live in rehabilitation...
June 20, 2016
A new survey, conducted by Nielsen and commissioned by the Council of Accountable Physician Practices, shows a gap in communications between how much doctors say they are prescribing technology and how patients report that interaction. Nielsen talked to 30,007 US consumers and 626 US physicians for the poll.
“This survey is evidence of the failure of American healthcare to provide coordinated,...
March 31, 2016
A group of researchers from Johns Hopkins, the Ohio State University, and the National Cancer Institute argue that, based on projections from NCI survey data, 75 percent of US adults will use personal health records (PHRs) by 2020, even without additional interventions.
In a paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, academics extrapolated from the Health Information National...
March 2, 2016
Millennials and Silents (the generation born prior to 1942) are the least likely generations to use tech tools like wearable fitness trackers, according to a survey of 2,600 WebMD users, presented today at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas. But younger and older respondents gave very different reasons for why they don't use these tools.
"Millennials were more likely to select cost as their reason for not...
November 12, 2015
Right now, UCLA Health system's patient-facing mobile health initiatives are scattered across a number of different pilots for particular disease groups inside and outside the hospital. But as the apps are tested and developed further, the hospital hopes to link them all into the patient portal to create a "single source of truth for the patient," according to UCLA Health's Director of Health IT...
September 9, 2015
The technology being used by accountable care organizations is fairly limited, according to a new survey of 69 ACOs recently conducted by the eHealth Initiative. While 75 percent used EHRs and 62 percent offered a patient portal, only 20 percent used some kind of telemedicine and 30 percent use electronic forms to capture patient data.
"We think this shows technology isn’t really central to...