You can lead a patient to portal
but you can’t make them link… or can you?
Sure you can!
And you have to if you’re in the CMS EHR Incentive Program, attesting for Meaningful Use. Nextgen Healthcare clients: Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 24, 3:00 pm EST and register here for our complimentary webinar – “Meaningful Use and Patient Portal: What You Need to Know” – where we’ll dive into 2014 Stage 1 and Stage 2 Patient Engagement Objectives and how to meet them with NextGen® Patient Portal.
Yes… you can make them link! And more!
Helping your patients help themselves, using a patient portal, is one of the best ways to engage patients more in managing their own health. More responsible for their own health – a huge driver of healthcare reform in the first place. Did I mention that patients who start using a patient portal think it’s great? If you’re a patient portal neophyte, better start here – patient portal basics at healthit.gov for providers/professionals.
Improving patient care with patient portal functionality is fast becoming mainstream. Not a novelty. Because patient portal works hard, for everyone:
- Improves the patient care experience and the workflows you use to create it
- Increases communication between you and your patients
- Improves the quality of care you provide your patients and strengthens preventive care
- Creates relationships and a partnership between you and your patients
Patient Portal Essential for Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Stage 2
You can get up to speed with 2014 MU Stage 1 changes regarding patient portal here. Patient electronic access is an added new core objective. The change is the addition of a new core objective to provide patients with the ability to view online, download, and transmit health information.
And here’s the Patient Electronic Access Tipsheet from CMS that summarizes Measure #1 for Stage 1 and Stage 2 as well as Measure #2 for Stage 2. Both new measures have descriptions for Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals with separate specification sheets for exclusions.
Whoa! Head spinning already? Or again? Relax! Just register for our free webinar February 24 – “Meaningful Use and Patient Portal: What You Need to Know” – and we’ll go through all of it. You’ll get it when we’re done. Our Meaningful Use experts will take NextGen Healthcare clients through the MU workflow within NextGen® Patient Portal and NextGen® Ambulatory EHR, including a review of how to set up within our portal.
You Need to “Get” Patient Portal
Come and get it!
Patient portal functionality will enhance your communication with patients, empower them to take better care of themselves, help support care and treatment plan compliance between office visits, and most importantly, improve patient outcomes.
And when you come and get it the NextGen Patient Portal way, you’re guaranteed this critical patient engagement functionality is 100 percent integrated into your NextGen® Ambulatory EHR platform. That’s when the getting gets good. You’ll get the patient portal-based reporting you need for MU attestation. And your patients will get what’s coming to them: A better patient experience with a sense of control and empowerment that goes way beyond the telephone.
On the other hand, when your patients use their smart phones and mobile devices to access NextGen Patient Portal… well… that’s the new patient behavior you want! That’s what’s going to put you over the top for your mandatory patient electronic access MU requirement.
NextGen Healthcare clients: Join us on February 24 and let’s get on the same “patient electronic access” page – together – all in one great (free!) webinar: “Meaningful Use and Patient Portal: What You Need to Know.”