More Stage 2 Comments, Patient Engagement Initiative Praised | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

More Stage 2 Comments, Patient Engagement Initiative Praised

May 8, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

Along with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the American Hospital Association (AHA), and the American Medical Association (AMA), the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) have submitted its comments on the proposed rule of Stage 2 of Meaningful Use to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

CCHIT’s Karen M. Bell, M.D., said the group appreciated emphasis on interoperability, patient engagement, and flexibility with respect to product composition. “It has always been CCHIT’s intent and belief that certification programs should be designed to ‘raise the bar’ with each iteration and we are pleased to see that ONC also is moving in that direction,” she said in a statement.

CCHIT’s comments are available at

RWJF said it is also encouraged by efforts in the proposed rule regarding patient and consumer engagement. However, it said it thinks desirable physician behaviors should be required more frequently—and quickly—than the proposed rule calls for. For example, in its comment letter, RWJF suggests that electronic clinical summaries should be provided to patients within 24 hours for more than 50 percent of office visits, and further suggests that hospitals provide downloadable summaries within 36 hours of discharge. 

This is in sharp contrast to the AHA, which called for a 30-day window in which providers have to provide this type of information to the patients.

Additionally in its formal comment letter, RWJF offers several specific recommendations in support of Population and public health, quality measurement and reporting, and interoperability. The Foundation also cites its efforts in programs like Aligning Forces for Qualitywhere communities are using HIT to demonstrably improve quality through measurement and reporting, and Project HealthDesignand OpenNotes, which are on the front lines of patient engagement in their clinical information.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



MGMA: Physician Compensation Data Illustrates Nationwide PCP Shortage

Primary care physicians’ compensation rose by more than 10 percent over the past five years, representing an increase which is nearly double that of specialty physicians’ compensation over the same period, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Circulation, Buoy Health Collaborate on Integrated Platform for Patient Transportation

Boston-based startup Circulation Health, a ride-ordering exchange that coordinates medical transportation logistics using Lyft and other transportation partners, is partnering with Buoy Health, also based in Boston, to integrate their platforms to provide patients with an end-to-end healthcare experience.

HITRUST Provides NIST Cybersecurity Framework Certification

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), security and privacy standards development and accreditation organization, announced this week a certification program for the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (Framework).

Report: Interoperability in NHS England Faces Similar Barriers as U.S. Healthcare

Electronic patient record interoperability in NHS England is benefiting patient care, but interoperability efforts are facing barriers, including limited data sharing and cumbersome processes falling outside of the clinician workflow, according to a KLAS Research report.

Geisinger National Precision Health Hires Illumina Exec to Lead Business Development

Integrated health system Geisinger has hired a high-profile genetic counselor to head up business development for Geisinger National Precision Health, which was created to extend the Geisinger model on the national scene.

$30M VC Fund Launched to Spur Innovation in Cardiovascular Care

The American Heart Association, together with Philips and UPMC, has announced the launch of Cardeation Capital, a $30 million collaborative venture capital fund designed to spur healthcare innovation in heart disease and stroke care.