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Monday, January 14, 2013

Meaningful Use


HHS is progressing with it’s definitions of what meaningful use is in their opinion. It bears no relationship to how physicians use their EMR, but rather is a data base for HHS to extract data from an HER.

Thus far there has been no mention of how providers, hospitals and or patient will have access too this data.  (Give us our data !) says  ePatient Dave. It certainly would fit the parameters of “Patient-centric healthcare” as the new mantra in quality health care. Perhaps we need to have our patients lobby for that capability.

(David Harlow “The Society also responded to the Committee’s request for information on the use of patient-generated data, endorsing its use, and noting that: “The patient is the most highly qualified expert on his or her own health, and his or her own experience of the health care system.”


More on this later @glevin1 and +digital health space.

M.U. ver 1.0 and ver 2.0 have been released and appear to be stable. M.U. ver 3.0 .

The Society for Participatory Medicine #S4PM  filed comments on the draft Meaningful Use  Stage 3 objectives,

On another front,

patient Dave and Susannah Fox announce that the Pew Internet Research Center is releasing the results of their study, Health Online 2013 today, at 7 AM. I have not yet reviewed it., however here are the basic findings:

Interested providers (anyone who cares for patients would do well to review this report.  The important take-away is that 50% of consumers get information from the internet, and even more significant is how many use Smartphones to retrieve answers.  This will drive development of Smartphone applications for both the iOS and Android phones. all of this will augment your ability to care for patients, however it will require adjustments to the practice patterns for educational material.



Summary of Findings

One in three American adults have gone online to figure out a medical

Clinicians are a central resource for information or support during serious
health episodes — and the care and conversation take place mostly offline

Eight in 10 online health inquiries start at a search engine 

Half of health information searches are on behalf of someone else

The social life of health information is a low-key but steady presence in

Specific diseases and treatments continue to dominate people’s online

Internet access drives information access 

Since one in five U.S. adults do not go online, the percentage of online health information seekers is lower when calculated as a percentage of the total population: 59% of all adults in the U.S. say they looked online for health information within the past year in American life

Younger adults and minorities lead the way with mobile health information


Half of smartphone owners have used their phone to look up health

Some seek counsel from fellow patients and caregivers


Health care reviews have not caught on among general consumers


The report is quite detailed and goes beyond the extent of this article with a multitude of tables and survey details.


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