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March 27, 2013 11:11 am

I think that so long as the data is tagged as patient generated there is no problem. For various purposes you may want to exclude this data and for others you could include it.

March 27, 2013 11:16 am

In my opinion, one of the keys to realizing the full potential of the growing health information database will be to introduce through legislation or rule making a provision that very clearly defines de-identified data as no longer belonging to or being in control of the patient. This will remove the uncertainty around the use of aggregate data in the research process. While HIPAA alludes to this in provisions around Healthcare Operations, I think a more specific ruling would be beneficial.

March 28, 2013 9:57 am

Yes – I do agree with Bill Rowe that data quality is a potential issue. There a wide range of possible causes for these issues ranging from a lack of technical savvy to misinterpretation of the data needed to bias. For instance, a patient may feel uncomfortable reporting the actual amount of alcohol s/he takes in daily.

March 28, 2013 10:04 am

It will be a challenge but I think attitudes can change. I think education will be the key. Helping patients and providers to understand the societal benefit of being able to study this data in the aggregate would be a good start. Also, insuring that once this data goes into the cloud that it cannot ever be traced back to the patient will be important – that’s an area where ONC could help a great deal by setting standards.

March 28, 2013 10:13 am

In many ways I think ONC could help by getting out of the way. Many features we were intending to implement, based on patient feedback, had to be delayed in order to implement functionality in lign with the MU program.

March 29, 2013 12:27 pm

I’m a geek and that’s too “Big Brother” even for me.

May 1, 2013 3:37 pm

I would worry about the government becoming too involved and/or too prescriptive related to the care planning aspect of this measure. From my perspective, holistic multi-dimensional care planning is still in it’s infancy. This is particularly true as it relates to incorporation into the EMR. I would like to see ONC/CMS first just mandate that there be a multidisciplinary care plan but not provide any specifics as to the nature of the care plan. Let the development occur somewhat organically. Once the frameworks are in place, then additional direction could be provided to refine the process.

May 1, 2013 3:43 pm

In some ways, I believe this is an excellent example of the old adage, “When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail.” Certainly the EHR could be a portal for the patient to seek information, become more informed, etc. But I think that decision making process centers around a personal relationship between the patient, their family and the provider. Just because EHRs can solve many problems, doesn’t mean it is the resolution to them all.