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Patients’ Rights Videos

Posted on June 9, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

ONC and OCR recently released a number of videos that outline patients’ rights. Here’s one called “Individual’s Rights under HIPAA to Access their Health Information”:

What do you think of these videos? Will they effectively educate patients?

Makes me wonder what ZDoggMD would do with the content.

EHR and mHealth Successes and Fails: Around Healthcare Scene

Posted on March 31, 2013 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Patients are somewhat taught to fear sharing medical data. While privacy is important, especially when it comes to health, being more willing to share medical data can yield great results. The key is knowing who to share information with, and who to avoid. 

EHR vendors can be tricky when it comes to keeping clients around. Sometimes, they don’t really have a choice because the EHR holds client information “hostage” when the client says they are switching EHRs. However, this is a sneaky tactic, and there are many other ways to keep an EHR client longer — most importantly, providing a great product.

While many aspects of HIT have come to a halt, mHealth continues to flourish. There are many things that other parts of HIT can learn from mHealth’s success. First, mHealth doesn’t focus on every patient at once. Next, it is an unregulated industry. And finally, the projects are marketed directly to consumers and paid for by them as well. 

Are you a hospital leader and curious about what technologies you should be watching out for? Well, the ECRI Institute has compiled a list of technologies they feel executives should be looking at this next year. This list includes Electronic Health Records, mHealth, imaging and surgery, and more. 

When an EHR fails to work correctly, how do physicians deal with it? Researchers have observed clinical workflows to answer just that question. The observations concluded that while there was no correct answer, many use paper to record information. Hopefully, this study will show EHRs where their gaps are, and help them to correct them.

There are so many consumer medical devices out there. What makes one stand out from the best? And which one has the best form factor? Wrist bands or chest straps…hand held or pocket stored? Chime in over at Smart Phone Healthcare.

Survey Says…Patients Like EMRs (Or Think They Do)

Posted on March 9, 2011 I Written By

Katherine Rourke is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.

For years, public health officials and health leaders have been sounding the praises of EMRs, arguing that patients would enjoy safer, more effective care once providers went digital.

For a while, it was a tough sell, with surveys repeatedly suggesting that patients were suspicious that their data would be compromised or shared without their permission. Others seemingly just weren’t impressed with the concept.

Of late, however, it seems that the public has caught up, and may be well ahead of the provider community in its enthusiasm for digitizing medical records.  According to a new survey by GfK Roper, 78 percent of patients believe an EMR will allow doctors to give them better care whose doctors use EMRs believe that it helps the doctor provide better care.

According to Practice Fusion, an EMR vendor which backed the survey, patients are eager to get e-mailed appointment reminders, have their prescriptions sent electronically and view appointments online.

But wait a minute. Even if backing by a vendor hasn’t tilted the results, this kind of study doesn’t necessarily mean that patients really want an EMR as such.

My guess is that the folks surveyed by Roper have caught wind of a few cool things that more advanced medical practices and hospitals are doing (such as telemedicine, making test results accessible online and appointment scheduling) and they want in. Everybody likes convenience, no?

Somehow, I doubt they’re thinking about care coordination, sharing of medical records from one institution to another across an HIE, integrating data from various departments within a facility, creating data warehouses to do quality studies and so on.  They’re just starting to get a feel for the bells and whistles, some of which don’t even require an EMR to execute.

No, the truth is that it most Americans will never understand the clinical problems EMRs are designed to solve, as most will never delve into issues like risk analysis and patient safety management.  So their interest will inevitably flag.

But for now, we’ve got their attention. This is a moment — the EMR’s “15 minutes of fame” — in which the buzz is so intense that even consumers are getting excited.

Providers, now is the time:  Reach out and educate consumers on the value of your EMR investment while they’re still interested.  This moment may not come again.

UPDATE: As you’ll see above, Practice Fusion was kind enough to correct my understanding of a key part of of the study.  The idea that patients whose doctors already have EMRs in place are happy about it is different, of course, than saying that consumers generally want doctors to hurry up and adopt one. That being said, I’d still argue that even these patients are at a gee-whiz stage, and that their enthusiasm won’t last long. What do you think?