Here are a few stories about patients as “consumers” that have piqued our interest:
In the March issue of Health Affairs, researchers find major gaps between the ideal of consumer-facing health data availability and its actual use. They urge providers to help consumers . . .
AHIMA and AMIA recommend that Congress, using its oversight authority, promote efforts such as OpenNotes through Medicare and Medicaid payment programs, including the Promoting Interoperability Programs, the MIPS Improvement Activity Performance Category, and other innovative payment models.
In an effort to expand patients’ access to their own health information, Stanford Health Care shares doctors’ notes with patients across virtually all providers, with the exception of mental health care clinicians. This functional enhancement has led to high note readership rates, with nearly 35 percent of all doctors’ notes viewed by patients overall, and 42 percent within cancer and primary care.
The U.S. government claimed that turning American medical charts into electronic records would make health care better, safer, and cheaper. Ten years and $36 billion later, the system is viewed by many as an unholy mess: Inside a digital revolution gone wrong – a joint investigation by Fortune and Kaiser Health News.