Posts Tagged ‘ consumers ’

Rising Anger Among Consumers, Doctors On Over-utilization And Access To Medical Records

Posted On : March 31, 2015,   Time : 9:41 pm

There is a rising concern -- and anger -- among some patients and members of the medical community over the over-utilization of healthcare services and the difficulty some patients have in accessing their medical records. That’s led to a new movement known as “Right Care, Right Now,” which is being advocated by the Boston-based Lown Institute. The organization drew more than 300 attendees at a recent conference in San Diego, HealthLeaders magazine reported. They included not only doctors frustrated by what they see as over-utilization of healthcare services driven by financial considerations, but patients who say they have difficulty communicating with their providers and even obtaining their most basic medical information. read more

Access To Your Own Medical Records Could Be “Tipping Point” In Consumer Engagement

Posted On : November 4, 2014,   Time : 7:39 pm

A former top-level government official and healthcare information technology expert believes that allowing patients easy access to the electronic health records could revolutionize the delivery of healthcare services. “Access by individuals and their families to their own health records can empower them to coordinate care among multiple healthcare providers, find and address dangerous factual errors, and take advantage of a growing ecosystem of apps and tools for improving health-related behaviors, saving money on health services, and getting more convenient, personalized care,” Lygeia Ricciardi wrote in The Health Care Blog. Until recently, Ricciardi was the director of the Office of Consumer e-Health at the Office of the National Coordinator, a federal read more