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PHRs and patient engagement


February 11, 2013  10:21 PM

EHR vendors help PHR portals succeed



Posted by: RedaChouffani
API, eClinicalWorks, EHR, Healow, mhealth, PHR

This week, eClinicalWorks announced its new PHR offering, Health and Online Wellness “healow."  The device is a portal that has a mobile app. It helps patients manage both their and their family members' health...

December 4, 2012  8:03 AM

Social media in healthcare: Its role in patient engagement



Posted by: RedaChouffani
HIPAA, patient portal, privacy, Social media

Last year the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented a policy that encourages employees to leverage the emerging social media platforms to enhance communication and information exchange. The implementation of...


November 13, 2012  6:43 PM

HIT committees looking for input on patients’ access to PHI



Posted by: RedaChouffani
HIPAA, PHI, PHR, security

The Privacy and Security Tiger Team of the Health IT Policy Committee, and the


November 13, 2012  6:40 PM

Public, private and maybe a personal virtual cloud



Posted by: RedaChouffani
cloud, EHR, Social media, virtual assistant

We are seeing more of a clear distinction of public, private and occasionally hybrid cloud adoption, after considerable conversation around the available adoption...


October 30, 2012  6:55 AM

Personalized health care through social media



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Social media

There continues to be significant challenges in communication and staying in touch between physician and patients, as today’s physicians see an increasing number of patients with chronic disease and are required to create personalized treatment plans that may require the...


June 25, 2012  9:05 PM

Who are the next big data players and what data can they leverage



Posted by: RedaChouffani
BIG DATA, EHR, Electronic health records, Patient health information, Patient health record, PHI, PHR

Almost everyone in the tech world has now been exposed to the term big data.  This is one of the most significant growth areas standing to make a real impact in the health care landscape, a technology trend making good use of existing patient and health data collected within...


November 13, 2011  11:55 PM

Proposed new ruling to open access to lab test results for patients



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Consumer Health IT Summit, Data management and data standards, HIPAA, Kathleen Sebelius, Lab results, Labs, PHI, PHR, Protected Health Information

On November 12, 2011, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the proposal of new rules that enable patients to gain access to their lab test...

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August 28, 2011  8:58 AM

The features of tomorrow’s health care kiosk



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, kiosk, Medical records, mobile health, PHRs and patient engagement, Revenue cycle

For the majority of us, seeing a kiosk in an airport, in a cell phone store, or even in a retail shop has become the norm. But we continue to lack the same high adoption rate in the health care arena. Why is this the case? Some may contribute this to problems with...


July 10, 2011  9:37 PM

Should health care organizations get ready for Google +?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Google +, Health care applications and vendor organizations, HITsm, Social media

As the number of social networking sites available continues to grow, many organizations are experiencing a love/hate relationship with these now seemingly standard social media mediums. While many have already begun to harness the power and reach that these new networking portals provide,...


June 25, 2011  3:36 PM

Google puts the breaks on Google Health, and that’s a bad idea



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, Electronic health records, Google, Google Health, HealthVault, Microsoft HealthVault, personal health records, PHR

For most patients, having access to their medical records electronically is definitely a plus, but not something they see as a must. And with the majority of PHRs not as widely used as initially anticipated, Google decided that their Google Health Personal Health Records system was no...


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