In my last post, I spoke of the importance of “getting to know” the patient and asserted that knowing a person can’t be accomplished only by predefined questions. I also referred to the HIT Policy Committee and HIT Standards Committee’s request for comment on Patient-Generated Health Data (PGHD) for Meaningful Use Stage 3 (MU3). Four Siemens employees (including me) submitted comments on that blog last week. Here’s my own summary of the comments, stated as recommendations.
- MU3 should define criteria for EHRs to accept PGHD, initially in either unstructured or structured formats. (Note: “PGHD” should include data not only from patient but from their care givers such as family members)
- Encourage, but don’t mandate, structured data content standards. Define a clear roadmap for standards to come, compatible with data standards for EHRs.
- Clearly define provenance (data source) metadata requirements to inform providers so they can exercise their clinical judgment on how to use the data.
- Focus on relevance, being careful not to overwhelm people with too much data. Allow provider access to additional PGHD where needed.
- While in typical cases the patient is authoritative on many issues, the provider needs to exercise judgment as to trustworthiness in each SPECIFIC patient interaction.
- Avoid being overly prescriptive on which data to gather, but rather let patients say what’s most important to them. We “don’t know what we don’t know.”
- Strive for wide adoption and low barriers to entry by evaluating and embracing a variety of data entry and viewing technologies most commonly used by patients
- Define clear purposes, expectations and responsibilities for the review and use of PGHD
PGHD is not new: much of today’s healthcare depends on it already. Still, in an increasingly mobile, connected, socially networked culture, there’s a lot more potential for providers to get to know patients better by collaborating with them through the two-way exchange of information. MU1 and MU2 are weighted toward a one-way flow of information from EHRs to patients, but the HIT PC and
are, commendably, seeking ways to turn this exchange into more of a “two-way street” with PGHD. HIT SC