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Today’s patients are becoming consumers who expect a convenient, personalized and intuitive experience in all aspects of their lives, including interactions with healthcare providers. Read about the innovations that engage, inform and empower patients.

CMS hospital star-rating system has been wrong for two years, health system finds

CMS hospital star-rating system has been wrong for two years, health system finds

The CMS' star ratings have relied heavily on a single measure to determine how well hospitals perform on safety, which dramatically affected overall ratings, according to an analysis by Chicago's Rush University Medical Center.

Apple to facilitate health data transfer between apps

Apple to facilitate health data transfer between apps

Apple will soon allow third-party apps to access the health data stored in its Health app. The company already lets patients of 500 hospitals and clinics pull their health information from electronic health records into the Apple Health app.

UCLA program aims to grant patients' wishes at the end of life

UCLA program aims to grant patients' wishes at the end of life

The 3 Wishes Project at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center tries to help patients, family members and clinicians cope at the end of life.

Building trust through technology to boost medication adherence

Building trust through technology to boost medication adherence

Developers offer a slew of medication adherence platforms that, along with human intervention, help people take their medications correctly.

Peddling the pill through packaging

Peddling the pill through packaging

For as long as people have been prescribed medication, they have forgotten to follow their doctor's orders. That's especially a problem when the pills must be taken every day to work—as is the case with birth control.

Giving heart failure patients the power to control their health

Giving heart failure patients the power to control their health

Home health provider Amedisys recently launched a program that gives heart failure patients tools to manage their own health and well-being.

Most physicians say addressing social determinants of health isn't their job

Most physicians say addressing social determinants of health isn't their job

Nearly half of doctors reported that their patients would benefit from food assistance, affordable housing and transportation to appointments. Yet well over 50% of doctors didn't think they or insurers have a role in providing that help.

Fitbit and Google want to unite patient-generated and clinical data

Fitbit and Google want to unite patient-generated and clinical data

The two companies intend to pair data generated from Fitbit wearables with clinical data, hoping the combination will give providers a more complete picture of patients' health.

Need non-emergency medical transportation? These companies are in the driver's seat

Need non-emergency medical transportation? These companies are in the driver's seat

Uber and Lyft are getting into the non-emergency medical transport game, with rides facilitated by middlemen companies.

Partners HealthCare makes EHR clinical data publicly available

Partners HealthCare makes EHR clinical data publicly available

The Boston-based health system is the first in the country to make clinical data from its electronic health records publicly available to consumers online.

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