Archive of: August, 2014

  • How Patients Use Portals

    by Gary Hamilton

    Recent studies indicate that less than 50-percent of patients actually know they have access to a patient portal. In addition, male, female, older, and younger patients all use patient portals differently, making it challenging for EHR manufactures to design interfaces and functionality that satisfy the needs of all, and for physicians to maximize their investment to benefit all of their patients.

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  • Interoperability Key to Health Information Exchange

    by Gary Hamilton

    After nearly two decades of research and design, the lack of unfettered interoperability between electronic health record (EHR) systems remains the greatest barrier to a nationwide health information exchange (HIE). Stakeholders engaged in the development, certification, and implementation of EHRs understand that simply getting disparate EHR systems to connect and exchange data is only part of the challenge.

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