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Will PHRs (Personal Health Records) Play A Crucial Role For Meaningful Use?

August 17, 2012 1 comment

Even as CMS is finalizing the Stage 2 policy of the Meaningful Use incentive program, the Health IT Policy Committee Meaningful Use Workgroup is working on the recommendations for Stage 3. MU stage 3 includes new objectives and increased thresholds for existing Stage 2 NPRM objectives. One of the focus areas is to increase the involvement of patients and families/caregivers in managing their own health.

One of the related new objective’s in Stage 3 is inclusion of Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD). Research and inputs from physicians indicate that PGHD is extremely useful to improve the quality of care. This further gets emphasized for chronic and complex conditions like diabetes. PGHD can be broadly classified into two types. One is data provided by the patient using home monitoring devices like BP Monitors, Glucose meters, etc. The second is more related to the patient describing her/his own health. Of course this could be free text inputted by the patient, family or care-giver. However, the information becomes more valuable when this information is captured in a structured form. ODL (Observation of Daily Living) is one such form. ODLs can include information related to quantity and quality of sleep, moods experienced, level of pain experienced by the patient, etc.
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