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Consumers are legally required to be informed (legal Doctrine of Informed Consent) before agreeing or not to specific medical proceducre or treatment. To make the health care market work competitively, as any other competitive market, consumers must be able to access relevant health information from sources such as the various federal government sources (e.g., HCQR, Medicare, etc.)to share with their health care provider(s) to help assure true “informed” consent. In addition, the cost of all the options discussed must be part of this “informed” consent conversation. It is critical to note that the legal Doctrine of Informed Consent requires that the communications be in layperson language so that the consumer can make a reasonable and truly informed decision.
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It’s the existing Doctrine of Informed Consent that requires health care providers to communicate information in lay language so patients can make truly informed decisions, not HIT. However, HIT could and should move beyond its initial role of simply being a conduit to allow patients’ access to more medical information (e.g., research/studies/reports funded by the federal government… which, of course, are paid for to a great extent with health care consumers tax dollars) to an active role of helping to assure that the information conveyed is in language understandable to patients. Specifically, the various HIT organizations, including, ONC, could help persuade all federal health care agencies and/or Congress, to require that all federally funded studies contain a “substantive”… more »
Thanks for your comment, royjbussewitz. How could Health IT be used to help consumers understand their decision in layperson language, so that they can make a truly informed decision?
Thank you for your reply, royjbussewitz. What do other commenters think about royjbussewitz’s suggestion that the government should require that all federally funded studies contain a substantive summary written in lay language?