Personal Health System Heavyweights Dossia, Google, and Microsoft Come Together to Advocate for Putting the Patient First in Meaningful Use
This last Monday (March 15th) marked the close of the open comment period for the HHS proposed rule implementing ARRA provisions that provide incentive payments to healthcare providers that participate in CMS programs and adopt and meaningfully use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.
Many comments focused on requests to relax the rules governing reimbursement so that providers could get 'partial credit' for achieving some but not all of the meaningful use criteria. Others sought clarification of requirements to make it easier for providers to comply.
Another major theme, about which Dossia has been most vocal, focused on patient access to and control over their personal health information. In addition to Dossia's own comments, Dossia's CEO, Colin Evans, participated in the Markle Foundation's collaborative commenting process.
In addition, Dossia collaborated with Google and Microsoft to advocate that patients be allowed to direct eligible providers to transmit their personal health information to their PHR:
We join together to emphasize a fundamental point: 'meaningful use' of health information technology must include enabling individuals to direct participating [physicians] and eligible hospitals to electronically transmit information to their PHR.
The intention of Congress in ARRA was very clear that everyone is entitled to a copy of their Personal Health Information sent to a destination of their choice and the Meaningful Use criteria need to reflect that commitment.
Dossia is encouraged with the ONC's openness to outside recommendations as it moves toward finalizing the criteria for CMS reimbursement, and we remain hopeful that the ONC will continue to promote policies that put the patient first.