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I think that for those patients and providers who wish to be more tech-enabled I think the EHR efforts are at cross purposes with with HIPAA efforts. Before HIPAA my PCP and I exchanged emails about my lab results, my glucose numbers, etc. Now emails are blocked in the institution, partially because maintaining secure messaging for all brands of ISP, POP and readers is time consuming. It’s fine for me to be able to log into the patient portal and see my latest lab results, but not much improvement in treatment efficiency if I can’t communicate with my PCP about them.
Welcome to Planning Room, paulwinner and thanks for your comment. Ensuring that consumers have adequate access to their health information and are able to share in decisionmaking with their providers are important goals of ONC. You can read more about shared decisionmaking here.