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Just Say “No” to Medicare’s MACRA Tokenism

On social media and at meetings like Health Datapalooza, our favorite federal bureaucrats assure us of their commitment to open data and patient empowerment. But those are just soothing words; federal regulations are law. On April 30, I posted on e-patients.net an article entitled, “You Won’t Believe What Medicare Just Did on Patient Engagement!” In it, I showed how the long-awaited draft […]

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e-pts resources, medical records, policy issues, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care

OpenNotes study in BMJ Quality & Safety finds patient-doctor “relational benefits”

As regular readers know, we’ve written many times about OpenNotes, the project funded by Robert Wood Johnson that blew the doors off of beliefs that bad things happen when patients see their charts. (We blogged about the original results in 2012.) Now a new study in BMJ Quality & Safety adds the results of a […]

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medical records, policy issues

You Won’t Believe What Medicare Just Did on Patient Engagement!

Quick summary for the impatient: Michael’s post urges public comment in the upcoming comment period, and ends with this: “If we in the patient community do not raise questions and objections to this critically important MACRA rule, you will definitely not believe what happens next.” – e-Patient Dave Sure, I’ve always wanted to write a clickbait […]

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medical records, policy issues, positive patterns

SPM survey results at HIMSS: “Patients want to be involved with their health information”

It’s time again for the gigantic (50,000 people) HIMSS trade show – the Health Information Management Systems Society, in Las Vegas this year. These new SPM slides (on Slideshare) will be shown in the Consumer Engagement zone, summarizing our two surveys on what patients want: The following is an editorial – my opinion, not a resolution […]

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medical records, PM Tech, positive patterns, reforming hc

New England SPM members: free admission to 3/29 local HIMSS meeting

SPM members Janice McCallum and Pat Rioux are also members of the New England chapter of HIMSS, the gigantic Health Information Management Systems Society. They have arranged a special deal for SPM members: free admission to their March 29 meeting (if you register by 3/18). SPM co-founder e-Patient Dave will be the featured speaker. The topic is […]

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medical records, PM Tech, policy issues

Proposal for a TRULY patient-centered medical record

The other night I participated in a very useful Google+ hangout with SPM members Adrian Gropper and Michael Mascia, and Michael Chen [of NOSH, explained below]. The discussion focused on a subject I think is incredibly important: the patient-centered health record. Really: patient-centered. Like, built around the patient – not a provider system built with supposed “patient-centered” thinking. This topic […]

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general, hc's problem list, medical records, policy issues

Individuals’ Rights to Their Health Information: The Federales Awaken

A long time ago (in internet years), the original HIPAA regulations were promulgated. (The final Privacy Rule was published in 2000.) They’ve been tweaked and updated over the years, most notably in the “mega-reg” promulgated a few years  back in order to implement the updates included in the HITECH Act. For purposes of the present […]

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e-pts resources, medical records, policy issues, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care

50 million more patients to get OpenNotes! Huge win for empowered partnership!

Big news: a multi-foundation $10 million grant will spread OpenNotes access to fifty million more patients! Nearly 20% of America will have full access to their providers’ visit notes, so they can review them from anywhere! Regular readers know we’ve always been loud fans of the OpenNotes project. Initially funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation […]

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medical records, policy issues

NPR Shots: Small Violations Of Medical Privacy Can Hurt Patients And Corrode Trust

One pillar of participatory medicine, as SPM co-chair Dr. Danny Sands often says, is access to our medical records: “How can patients participate if they can’t see what I see??” But a major impediment to free-flowing information is incompetence or malfeasance in protecting our data, which makes some people want to clamp down. Patients and […]

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e-patient stories, end of life, found on the net, medical records, pt/doc co-care, pts as teachers

Forbes article featuring Carol Gunn: One Doctor’s Quest To End The Plague Of Screwed-Up Medical Diagnoses

Carol Gunn, an SPM physician member, was featured in a Forbes article about her sister’s misdiagnosis, and her mission after her sister’s death. Carol’s tips for patients to avoid being victims of diagnostic mistakes: Tip #1: Get a second opinion that’s completely independent. Although this may seem obvious, many patients make the mistake of seeking out second […]

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