Patient Engagement Advocates Call for Data Independence Day

Ever since the proposed modifications of the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements were announced by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), patient engagement advocates showed criticism toward one of the new changes. If the proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use modifications are passed into law as is, healthcare providers will only need to ensure that at least one patient views, downloads, and transmits their medical information through a patient portal instead of the previous 5 percent requirement. Read more [...]

Defending Meaningful Use Requirements for Patient Engagement

When the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements first emerged, many eligible professionals and hospitals voiced their concern for the patient engagement requirement of view, download, and transmit (VDT). Those concerns were apparently loud enough to force the hand of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to propose significant modifications to meaningful use requirements, including reducing the five-percent VDT threshold down to one patient.