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Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2

Patient Ability To Electronically View, Download & Transmit (VDT) Health Information

Objective:

Provide patients the ability to view online, download and transmit their health information within four business days of the information being available to the EP.

Measure:

Measure 1 - More than 50 percent of all unique patients seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period are provided timely (available to the patient within 4 business days after the information is available to the EP) online access to their health information.

Measure 2 - More than 5 percent of all unique patients seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period (or their authorized representatives) view, download, or transmit to a third party their health information.

Clinical Importance:

Providing patients an electronic copy of their health information helps them and their caregivers be more engaged in their care. In addition, when patients move or transfer providers they have the ability to bring their health information with them, providing care coordination and management.

CMS Resources:

The following resources are available to help you meet the Patient Ability to Electronically View, Download & Transmit (VDT) Health Information meaningful use core measure:

CMS EHR Incentive Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

National Learning Consortium Resources:

The NLC resources are examples of tools that are used in the field today, and that are recommended by “boots-on-the-ground” professionals. The NLC, in partnership with HealthIT.gov, shares this collective EHR implementation knowledge and resources throughout this site.

National Learning Consortium Resources
Resource NameDescriptionSource

Using e-Health Tools to Engage Patients and Caregivers

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[PDF - 219 KB]

Fact sheet outlining details and considerations for engaging patients on e-Health tools.

Health Information Technology Resource Center (HITRC)

Optimize Patient Portals for Patient Engagement

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[PDF - 113 KB]

Fact sheet outlining details and considerations for optimizing patient portals.

Health Information Technology Resource Center (HITRC)

Blue Button FAQs

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[DOCX - 887 KB]

Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Button, a symbol for consumer access to electronic health data.

Health Information Technology Resource Center (HITRC)

Shared Decision Making

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[PDF - 237 KB]

Factsheet about shared decision making between providers and patients.

Health Information Technology Resource Center (HITRC)

The material in these guides and tools represents the collective EHR implementation experiences and knowledge gained directly from the field of ONC’s outreach programs (REC, Beacon, State HIE) and through the Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC) Communities of Practice (CoPs) in their performance of technical support and EHR implementation assistance to primary care providers. The information contained in these resources is not intended to serve as legal advice nor should it substitute for legal counsel. The resource list is not exhaustive, and readers are encouraged to seek additional detailed technical guidance to supplement the information contained herein.

Reference in this web site to any specific resources, tools, products, process, service, manufacturer, or company does not constitute its endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Government or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

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