oncology clinics

A Non-Face-to-Face Chronic Care Management Solution, for Patients Too

Let’s say I’m a diabetic recently diagnosed with cancer. In the last couple months, I’ve visited multiple clinics (endocrinology, radiology, nutrition, oncology, chronic wounds), plus the ER. As a Medicare beneficiary, my out-of-pocket costs are about $400 a month....

Delay in Meaningful Use Stage 2? Not really.

There has been confusion and questions circulating about the recent announcement regarding a new timeline for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and 3.   On December 6, 2013, CMS proposed a new timeline for Meaningful Use, extending Stage 2 for an additional year and delaying the...

Patient Portals and Medication Adherence

Patient Portals are becoming the cancer clinics “right arm” in supporting their efforts to regularly educate and communicate with their patients between clinic visits. With this new communication vehicle, there is an opportunity to improve medication adherence by...

The Value of a Patient Portal: A Customer’s Perspective

Patient Engagement is not just a new “buzz word” in healthcare, but its here to stay.  Healthcare providers do not need to look far to find examples.  HITECH Meaningful Use, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Patient Centered Medical Home, and Commission on Cancer...

Digital Technology and Brand Planning

Many individuals consider “digital” a channel when it’s not - it is however, a capability that all communicators should have. Just about everyone in the US uses some sort of digital communication, with internet penetration around 80% of the population.  When you also...

The Navigating Cancer Community

At Navigating Cancer, we believe that it takes a community of people to help support a cancer patient.  Cancer is a scary disease.  It’s overwhelming to the patient, and to their family and to their own community of friends and family who feel so helpless. That’s why...

Patient Portals Help Deliver Patient Engagement

Patient Engagement is not just the new buzz word in healthcare, but it is here to stay.  Healthcare providers do not need to look far to find examples.  HITECH Meaningful Use, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Patient Centered Medical Home, and Commission on...

10 Tips to Marketing Your Patient Portal to Your Patients

Now that you have a patient portal, it’s time to start thinking about how to make your patients aware of this new service. Patients will want to use this new service, but many will look to you, their healthcare team, to guide their usage.  Your promotion of the...

Time Is Running Out – Find a Patient Portal now!

Patient engagement is quickly becoming a requirement, whether it’s for HIPAA, HITECH Meaningful Use, Medical Home, or Accountable Care Organizations; Clinics are struggling with decisions on how to meet all these requirements.  Providers are juggling many balls while...

What Patients Say About Their Navigating Cancer Patient Portal

There is a lot of talk about patient portals in the news.   Practices need to provide patients with online access to their parts of their health records to meeting healthcare reform requirements.  Now that practices are providing this service, we wanted to share what...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Giving Patients Access to their Health Information

The first step in patient engagement is providing them with access to their health information. We review the new workflow to release patient information from your EHR with our Patient Engagement Portal.

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).

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.

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.

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.