Efforts To Improve Consumer Access to Electronic Health Records Are Taking Off

Now that a critical mass of providers have health IT systems up and running, regulators and health care systems are looking for ways to engage consumers with their electronic health records.

Stage 2 of the meaningful use program aims to improve patient engagement by requiring health care providers to give patients the ability to view, download or share their online health information.

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

In an iHealthBeat Special Report by Rachel Dornhelm, experts discussed efforts to encourage patients to become more involved with their electronic health data.

The Special Report includes comments from:

  • Lisa Adams, a Kaiser Permanente patient;
  • Emily Cronbach, ob-gyn department technology lead at Kaiser Permanente [Walnut Creek Medical Center];
  • Linda Garvin, founder of Patient Advocate Bay Area;
  • Patricia Knight, founder of Pacific Coast Health Advocacy; and
  • Lygeia Ricciardi, acting director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Office of Consumer eHealth (Dornhelm, iHealthBeat, 10/10).

The complete transcript of this Special Report is available as a PDF.

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