Encouraged by the patient engagement spurred by giants such as Geisinger and the VA who've taken part, Kaiser Permanente Northwest and eight other health systems in the region have signed on to OpenNotes -- the first widespread adoption of the data sharing program.
With the concept of collaborative care now at the forefront of the industry, organizations are working to improve the functionality and interoperability of IT systems. To meaningfully exchange clinical and financial information, however, it is essential for various technologies within and among organizations to effectively communicate. Standards are essential.
The state with the lowest electronic health record adoption rates in the nation has finally put a foot forward with its statewide health information exchange, after announcing the network's go-live.
We hear a lot about patient engagement these days. Certainly, the idea is a noble one. And the benefits it could bring when practiced on a wide scale are immense. But a lot of providers are still wondering: How do you do it?
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