A new group of innovators are entering the final phase of the federal electronic health-record program as its focus shifts away from implementation and toward quality outcomes and patient-centered data exchange.
Stage 3 meaningful-use rules—which outline what providers need to do to get incentive payments for EHR adoption and how developers can ensure their systems are certified for the program—further emphasize tools to help with clinical decisionmaking, increase electronic communication between physicians and patients, and incorporate patient-generated data into the EHR.
They also aim to promote greater interoperability among EHR platforms, whether data are being shared among providers, between providers and their patients, or with public health agencies.
That call is being answered not only by traditional EHR companies, but also by a number of digital-health hopefuls. Allscripts was on hand at the recent Health 2.0 conference promoting a program that invites outside programmers to create apps that can integrate with its EHR.