Putting patients into "meaningful use"

In January 2011, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services issued the draft set of criteria for Stage 2, which sets higher standards for communicating health information to patients. Stage 2, which begins October 2012, requires hospitals to have at least 20% of their patient populations using PHRs. This represents a big leap from what hospitals have been preparing for over the past year. Meaningful-use Stages 1 and 2 are leading to interoperability. The hope is that this will enable providers to exchange information, better coordinate care, improve treatment outcomes, and move into emerging delivery models like the patient-centered medical home, health information exchanges (HIEs), and accountable care organizations (ACOs).

This report shares key findings; addresses how health systems can develop more inclusive care-teams to realize greater ROI from personal health records (PHRs); and includes case studies.
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