HealthBeat talks to Janet Marchibroda, chair of BPC's Health IT Initiative, on health IT progress, disappointments and hopes for the future. This interview was originally published by iHealthBeat. You can read the full forum here.
What was the most significant health IT development over the past year?
The most significant health IT development in the past year has been the considerable expansion of patient engagement requirements within Stage 2 of CMS' Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. Beginning about a year from now, patients who are either discharged from the hospital or seen by an eligible professional will be able to view online, download or transmit to a third party health information contained in their record. Many will also be able to send a secure message to their clinicians. Meaningful use requires that a certain percentage of patients actually do so in order for providers to receive their incentive payments.