HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is developing a rating system for the growing amount of health information directed at patients.
The agency's Health Information Rating System, discussed in a Federal Register posting, will focus especially on patient data provided by electronic health records.
The agency's notice stated that health education materials delivered by EHRs “are rarely written in a way that is understandable and actionable for patients with basic or below basic health literacy,” which includes about 77 million people. “Persons with limited health literacy face numerous healthcare challenges,” according to the AHRQ notice. “They often have a poor understanding of basic medical vocabulary and healthcare concepts.”