Strengthen the Patient Engagement requirements of Stage 2 Meaningful Use
  • Petitioned Dr. Farzad Mostashari

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ONC
Dr. Farzad Mostashari
HHS Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius
CMS Acting Administrator
Marilyn Tavenner

Strengthen the Patient Engagement requirements of Stage 2 Meaningful Use

    1. Petition by

      Dave Chase

Nothing would result in improving the health of the population (and decrease healthcare costs) more than having greater involvement/engagement by individuals in the healthcare process. The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) could catalyze an unprecedented wave of innovation with a stroke of a pen. Having high expectations for Patient Engagement will allow healthcare providers to rise to the occasion to solve this huge issue. Consider that 3/4 of healthcare spend is on chronic disease and decisions that drive outcomes are made by individuals (aka "patients"). It's long been said the most important member of the care team is the patient. It's time to transform that from a catchphrase to reality. The ONC can do that. 

Signing this petition is good. The most impactful item, however, is to comment on the government website for Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements.  [If the link doesn't work, search on "Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Electronic Health Record Incentive Program-Stage 2" on the site.]

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Please note regulation developers only consider official comments

      Dave Chase
      Petition Organizer

      Claudia Williams reminds me that it "would be good to remind petitioners that only officially submitted comments can be considered by regulation developers." Having said that, for people who don't have time to do that, we will aggregate comments and submit them with an indication of how many people signed the petition. I'm not sure how this stuff all shakes out, but it seems it can't hurt to have support coming in various forms. It will also raise the awareness of the importance of patient engagement -- it can sound like "inside baseball" jargon if it's not contextualized.

    3. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Kim Whittemore OCEANSIDE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I cant understand why anyone would NOT sign! - and PLEASE comment on the Govt website, see link above, it's essential - spread the word through all your channels, facebook, linkedin, twitter, email, book clubs, pinterest, etc

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    • Charles Gross POTOMAC, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Signficant improvement in health status (for many conditions) is all about behavior change- and behavior change is all about engagement..

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    • Karen Doubleday PROVIDENCE, RI
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing this because while I recognize that it is common sense that any patient should have primary involvement in their own healthcare - this kind of sense doesn't appear to be very common when the government is involved.

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    • April Shumake BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      Patients being activated & engaged in improving and managing their health & having the right tools to effectively do so is one of the most important missing links in healthcare today. Patients and their families need to be knowledgeable about and involved in their most valuable commodity, their health.

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    • Kyra Hagan BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      As a card-carrying member of the Sandwich generation, I am responsible for managing the health of my entire family. No one knows my families complicated medical history, which includes conditions like CHF, Chrohn's, Lupus, etc. better than I do. In the past 20 years, we have been the victims of literally dozens of medical errors that could have been prevented had we had access to our own medical records. Healthcare is broken - let patients help fix it.

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