The National Partnership for Women & Families' Consumer Partnership for e-Health is offering its definition of "meaningful use" for health information technology a day ahead of an expected announcement by the federal government regarding the term.
The partnership in its report, Getting to Patient-Centered Care: How Health IT Can Meet the Needs of Patients and Their Families, focuses on how health IT can be used in meaningful ways by patients. The organization recommends that patients receive care summaries outlining information to help them manage daily health needs, and suggests patients should have access to their electronic information and be able to contribute data to their medical records.
Several health IT organizations have been releasing what they believe the term "meaningful use" should incorporate in the past few months. The partnership, led by the National Partnership for Women & Families, submitted its recommendations to the federal HIT Policy Committee, which meets on Tuesday and is expected to announce how it defines "meaningful use."