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WHERE WILL TAKE YOU?


STAGE 2


The Next Step in Meaningful Use Prompts Data Accessibility


28 BY DON FLUCKINGER I


N A recent conference call at the California Association of Physicians Groups in Los


Angeles, SearchHealthIT.com asked U.S. health IT coordinator Farzad Mostashari, M.D. whether meaningful use stage 2, in practical terms, was steering the healthcare system toward mandatory patient data access via provider portals, “Blue Button” style downloads in the vein of federal sites, or through health information exchanges (HIEs). “Yes!” he answered, gleefully, meaning “all of the above.”


The Foundation


for Consumer Use More seriously, he and other


stakeholders on the call described facets of meaningful use stage 2—both in vendor data standard requirements as well as physician mandates to make data available in some fashion online—as “building blocks” of a national health IT strategy that will be flexible enough to accommodate whatever preferred method emerges for connecting patients to their data.


© MONIKA WISNIEWSKA - FOTOLIA.COM Their hope was that meaningful


use will provide a standards toolkit to enable consumer use of the system, much like the banking industry enabled nationwide proliferation of consumer-friendly ATMs. “We’re doing this while we’re


waiting for the perfect solution to come,” Mostashari said, referencing Health IT Policy Committee member Neil Calman’s description of their intentions in a recent meeting. “What we’re learning is that this


is the solution—it is pluralistic, it is ‘all of the above.’ If we have the


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