Patient Access to Data: Too Much Information? Maybe Not. Improving Your EMR

Patient Access to Data: Too Much Information? Maybe Not. Improving Your EMR

How much patient information can you share with…your patient? And does your support staff know the answer? Patients’ access to their own health information is a cornerstone of HIPAA, the intent of which is to protect the privacy and security of identifiable health information. However, HIPAA has generated plenty of confusion as to who has access to what. As a result, practice administrators might be gun-shy around HIPAA to the point where they might not let patients access their own...

Patient Engagement: More Than Portals

Patient Engagement: More Than Portals

Studies show that patients who feel empowered as decisionmakers in their own care feel more satisfied with that care and tend to have better outcomes. It’s also good for business: Engage patients, and they’re more likely to stay with your practice. The biggest challenge to patient engagement might not be access to health information, but shifting the attitudes and expectations of both clinicians and patients. Patients may already expect to have more of a say in their care. They’re paying...