Our August 2010 Man of the Month, “E-Patient” Dave eBronkart speaks. This post was originally published on MedCity News.
Back in June, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO Dr. John Halamka wrote about a certain perceived shortfall in the Meaningful Use “view/download/transmit” requirement for patient engagement in electronic health records.
In a blog post that MedCity News reposted as a MedCitizens contribution, Halamka said:
Meaningful Use Stage 2 has a requirement that I’ve always considered to be the “cart before the horse” — patients must be able to View/Download/Transmit their data. Viewing is great — we’ve done that at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 1999 for all patients and all data. Download makes little sense since at the moment there is nothing a patient can do with a download. Of the 2 million patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, not one has ever requested a download. Transmit makes even less sense since there is no place to transmit the data to.