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Secure Messaging in the Healthcare Setting

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:25

Direct Secure Messaging:

Hospitals, physicians, laboratories, pharmacies, long-term care facilities and other institutions are successfully using direct secure messaging (DSM) to exchange patient information electronically in a secure manner. Soon, DSM will replace insecure methods such as fax, courier and mail services for healthcare communication and information sharing between parties. But what exactly is direct secure messaging? How does it work, and how can it help my healthcare practice?

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Working on Workflow - Improving Office Efficiency

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 15:44

There are many reasons why a healthcare organization should embark on a workflow analysis project. One of the primary driving forces may be when inefficiencies creep in, or perhaps the organization is in the process of implementing a new EHR system or other new technology. Most practices do not have internal talent with experience in workflow analysis and documentation, so it typically makes more sense for a technology integrator such as CoreTech Revolution or another third party resource conduct the analysis. In this article, we will address what workflow involves, the benefits and reasons for conducting a workflow analysis, as well as things to consider during the analysis process.

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Patient Portals around the Country

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Friday, 29 January 2016 20:09

Patient portals can help patients become more engaged in their own health, better manage their healthcare decisions, and make the entire healthcare process more efficient. Portals can also increase patient loyalty and communication and improve health outcomes. Then why aren’t patients buying into this message? While the online patient portal is gaining some traction around the United States, 64 percent of Americans do not currently use them, according to a study by Xerox in late 2014.

This slow adoption rate may be due to lack of awareness that a patient portal exists. A 2014 Software Advice survey of U.S. patients concluded that only one third of patients have access to a portal, and a whopping two-thirds do not or are unsure if they even have access to a patient portal. This may be due in part to a lack of communication on the provider’s part that a patient portal is available.

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Telehealth and the Impact on Senior Healthcare

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Friday, 29 January 2016 19:50

Telehealth as a broad term means anything related to remote healthcare support and accessing health information. When connecting patients and providers, telehealth can improve outcomes and provide care at a more efficient cost. According to a study by the Center for Technology and Aging at the University of California, for every $1 invested in remote health monitoring, up to $1.30 was saved in the first year alone.

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Challenges, Strategies and Benefits of Meeting the Stage 2 Requirements

For those who do attest to the Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU Stage 2) objectives, clinical care summaries offer many benefits to the healthcare setting, from reduced paperwork to point-of-care access that allows for greater patient care. Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated MU Stage 2 objectives, institutions have struggled to alter their workflow and IT infrastructure to satisfy the requirements. What issues have they experienced, and what are some ways that institutions can close the gap and meet the MU Stage 2 measures?

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