By Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director, Project HealthDesign.
It’s no secret to anyone in the HIT field that meaningful use is an important concept. We at Project HealthDesign want to make meaningful use really useful for patients – and now ONC has given us the opportunity to help shape the objectives and measures for Stages 2 (2013) and 3 (2015).Let’s look first at the goals of Stage 2 and Stage 3.
- By 2013, meaningful use of HIT should guide and support care processes and care coordination.
- By 2015 meaningful use of HIT should yield measurable improvements in quality, safety and outcome of care processes (including enhanced quality measures and extensive decision support) at the individual and population level and enriched tools for patient self -management.
CMS proposes new rule making in these areas over the next year, and our voices need to be heard!We start by listening to what we’ve been told by lay people who have participated in Project HealthDesign activities to date.
- Make sure my doctor knows about and has access to my data.
- Make sure my data are secure, but don’t overdo the privacy lock up.
- Use technologies that reduce the burden on me to remember to collect data, and help my doctor and I see patterns in the data I collect.
- ABOVE ALL: Let me tell my doctor what is important to me, in my words, and help me in reporting what my doctor wants to know.
- Don’t just dump a lot of data on me.
- Make sure I can practice in a legally safe manner, and not worry that some little bit of critical information is hidden in some computer file that I need to wade through.
- ABOVE ALL: Let me understand what is important to the patient and how I can enlist them in being an active participant in their care.
- They are ready with solutions, like sensors and networks, but want to be sure there is a market for software and a protection from liability.
- Distributed computing, apps and clouds may finally be robust enough for health care – but we’re not sure they can really scale.
- ABOVE ALL: Give us clear standards that we can build to and insure that our products, solutions and apps can be certified.
We need your help to make sense out of all of this noise, so that we can tell ONC how to make meaningful use really useful for patients. What priorities would you set? What can’t wait, and must be included as core objective criteria for Stage 2. What can wait for Stage 3? ABOVE ALL, how can Stage 2 build on the experience unfolding under Stage 1 efforts, and set the stage (so to speak!) for Stage 3?Weigh in on a few objectives listed below – a simple, “yes, I’m with you,” or “No, don’t waste our time,” will be enough to get us started in looking at these possible specific recommendations.
- Provide clinical decision at the point of care (including the home) for diabetes management
- Standardize bar coding on the packaging of dispensed medication so that patients can use scanners for medication reconciliation and administration.
- Using acceptable identity management and data security protocols, upload calibrated data in a standard format for weight, blood pressure and blood glucose from home monitoring devices to third party platforms.
- Require all cell phones whose owners have registered them to receive public health alerts
- Create a generalized data structure to receive automatically captured or self-report information about activity (exercise, sleep, walking, restfulness), at an individually-determined frequency
- YOUR IDEAS HERE!