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Patient Engagement and the Patient Engagement Framework

One of the many aspects of healthcare reform is the concept of patient centered care, whether it’s HITECH, medical home or accountable care organization.  To provide patient centered care, healthcare professionals must engage with their patients and provide tools and resources to

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Final Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules

The Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules require more care coordination, better clinical decision support, more information exchange, and more patient engagement. These increased measures make it clear that EHRs alone will not be enough to provide patients and their healthcare team with an easy-to-use means of communication.

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Technology’s Role in the Oncology Medical Home

New care models, such as the Oncology Patient Centered Medical home, are being piloted to provide coordinated care across organizations to reduce costs and improve care. This will require new systems to track performance for quality measures that may be tied to financial incentives for improved care.

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New Commission on Cancer Standards Provide More Patient Centered Care

The new Commission on Cancer standards for oncology practices feature a more patient centered approach to care. While most practices are currently focused on solving the Meaningful Use objectives, savvy administrators will be looking at the big picture and considering how technology solutions can help them meet multiple needs, such as the new CoC standards.

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HITECH Act Meaningful Use Incentives timeline

The HITECH Act Meaningful Use incentives peak in 2012. It’s not too late to qualify, but time is running out to achieve the maximum incentive payment as practices must begin the 90-day attestation period by October 1. The chart below shows the

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How Oncologists Can Navigate the Meaningful Use Waters

Navigating the waters of Meaningful Use, Patient Centered Medical Home, Accountable Care Organizations and the ACoS Commission on Cancer standards is a full time task for community oncology clinics to manage. To ensure you make the best decision that will support current and future practice needs, you should take a broader, long-term view as you compare technology solutions.

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Patient Engagement Survey Results

Survey found cancer patients overwhelmingly want to be engaged in their care, have a desire for education and are interested in using technology to be connected to their health care team.

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ACCC Oncology Issues Guest Article

How patient portals will play a central role in solving the Meaningful Use objectives of providing patient centered care. A guest article by Navigating Cancer’s CEO, Gena Cook, in the Jan/Feb 2012 edition of Oncology Issues.

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Medical Home vs. Accountable Care Organization

The differences between the medical home and accountable care organization (ACO) models, including the risks and benefits of each. Guest article from Bo Gamble, Director of Strategic Practice Initiatives with Community Oncology Alliance (COA).

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What is a patient portal?

Learn how patient portals work, benefits and features, and why health care providers will need a patient portal to qualify for the Meaningful Use incentives.

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Oncology Patient Centered Medical Home

How the medical home concept can be applied to community oncology clinics, the important role technology plays, and a case study of the first oncology clinic to be certified as a medical home.

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Patient Empowerment video

Inspiring TED talk video from patient advocate Dave deBronkart, who after being diagnosed with a rare cancer went online and found the treatment that would save his life from a group of fellow patients.

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Patient Portal: the Gateway to Patient Centered Care and Meaningful Use

To give patients electronic access to their health information, oncology clinics will need to implement a patient portal that integrates with their EMR. More than just a log in page, a patient portal can be an opportunity to engage patients in their care while making your practice more efficient and cost effective.

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Cancer and the environment

Cancer and the Environment Today is Earth Day, an opportunity to reflect on the impact we each have on the planet (as individuals and as companies), but also a day to consider how the products and foods we consume can have an

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