The role of patient-generated health data is set to change given the increased focus on patient engagement in the forthcoming Merit-based Incentive Payment Program. Patient-generated data is not a new concept to healthcare, though many are still unsure about its ultimate purpose.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has been exploring the usefulness of patient-generated health over the past few years.
The term alone brings to mind Fitbits, wearables, and other smart devices. However these devices are not approved by the Food & Drug Administration for clinical use. Patient-generated data could include something as simple as a patient being able to correct erroneous information contained in their electronic health record (EHR). But we shouldn’t stop there.
Melody K. Smith
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